To so many Nigerian women, Lee Min Ho is more than a South Korean Actor; he is the man of their dreams. He is the handsome prince that features in their love fantasies. The wealthy, good-looking magnate that would swoop in to save them from their mundane lives.
It is no surprise then that on his 33rd birthday on Monday, celebratory messages dedicated to the Korean Star, flooded social media with many Nigerian women sending well wishes across the ocean to him.
Drink us Lee Min Ho,we are your soju. pic.twitter.com/bioN1wMiOi
— BDM | Blogger (@Blackdotmandy) June 22, 2020
Happy birthday to Nigeria's first son inlaw😂😂😂💔💔💔
"Lee Min Ho" pic.twitter.com/1920FQL9fs
— Northernbeauty 💋 (@AtuTukur2) June 22, 2020
Happy birthday Lee Min Ho oppa ☺️ for always putting a smile on our faces, we love you 😘 God bless you baby❤️❤️ stay blessed🙏🏽❤️ pic.twitter.com/WzUkbEQQBg
— TAIWO🌸✨💥❤️ (@_Teewo) June 22, 2020
The popular Korean heartthrob cemented his place in the hearts of many when the widely successful Korean series “Boys Over Flowers,” was introduced to the Nigerian media stream and screens. It became an instant hit amongst the female demography in Nigeria, with many fawning over the dashing actor, Lee Min Ho who plays Gu Jun-Pyo in the series.
Lee Min Ho plays the rich son of a magnate who falls in love with a poor, exuberant girl, Ku Hye-sun, in his community. In spite of the odds against them, the show details how the star crossed lovers triumph to achieve a happy-ever-after ending.
This plotline is a common trope in the Korean romance film industry where the rich, distinguished man falls in love with the poor, lower-class girl. Lee Min Ho is known to have acted in a string of this brand of series ranging from The Heirs, Personal Taste to the recently concluded Netflix series; The King Eternal Monarch.
Ever since Boys Over Flowers became a hit worldwide, the name “Lee Min Ho” has been on the lips of Nigerian women, with many of them professing love and affection to the impressive actor.
Nigerian women have taken this opportunity to once again show just how much they love him and this has caused a wide range of reactions from those who do not share the same interest or affection of the Korean star and the Korean series.
Jokes and jest were made on social media on the current trend of women dedicating long notes to wish him a happy birthday. They declared that these women would not do as much for their boyfriends, mothers or relatives yet here they were going above and beyond for someone who does not know them.
How she wished Lee Min Ho a Happy birthday vs how she wished me 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/slBUyLu7W3
— I R U N N I A ™ (@Irunnia_) June 22, 2020
Wishing Lee Min Ho vs Wishing her mother pic.twitter.com/u0oB7gXVGg
— Funny🃏Banter (@iTv001) June 22, 2020
Happy birthday to Lee Min Ho….cos he makes Nigerian women happy …and them muhfuckas dont be too happy. Thank you Lee Min Ho. ♥️🤗👀
— Ferdy…. 🐅 (@_The_Immortal) June 22, 2020
I swear this life no balance.
Lee Min Ho ni Alade pic.twitter.com/2k3W8oSnv6
— ALHAJI OMO ILORIN👳👳 (@DRealIlorinBoy) June 21, 2020
The day this Korean Lee Min Ho guy will get married ehn, Nigerian babes will be hurt, remove their wigs, cry and run mad on the streets of their neighborhood.
— Maxvayshia™ 🇦🇺✨ (@maxvayshia) June 22, 2020
Nigeria girls won’t stop surprising me 🤨 Most of you cannot even post your boyfriend on his birthday but you can post this fine handsome creamy man 👨 who no like better thing ☺️ Lee Min Ho is fine sha 😂 Happy Birthday jare pic.twitter.com/eLydF9qB4N
— Dr PamPam | Omo Iya Ologi (@UnclePamilerin) June 22, 2020
Lee min ho doesn't know you. Stop! pic.twitter.com/umhnpTQx27
— Faii 👅 (@thefaiidat) June 22, 2020
However, the steady adulation of South Korean men is not a new phenomenon. Asides the Korean movie industry, the Korean music scene is also leaving a huge impression. Korean boy group, BTS became a worldwide sensation and Nigerian women are also known to fangirl over the members of the Korean music group.
There is an apparent saturation of the South Korea media culture in Nigeria and amongst Nigerians. The outpour of love to the Korean superstar is a testament to the fact that the love for products of the Korean culture would not be stalling anytime soon.
Toluwanimi Onakoya is a spirited writer, creative and videographer. Her biggest drive is to connect with people and depict tales using various forms of media.
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