The Smart Money Woman Series Review
The Smart Money Woman series is a show about five friends with different financial habits — Zuri, Ladun, Tami, Lara and Adesuwa — based on the book “The Smart Money Woman” by Arese Ugwu. The film stars Osas Ighodaro, Lala Akindoju, Eby Eno, Ini-Dima Okojie, and Toni Tones, amongst others.
In a nutshell, the show is a breath of fresh air. I loved everything about it. Just like the book, the show is focused on teaching young women how to maximize their finances — an African girl’s guide to financial freedom.
I loved the cast and the different stories they represented. I also loved the way Arese taught us financial lessons by using relatable stories from five friends with different financial habits — mostly bad but there was a balance and there were lessons learned. They had a voice of reason within the group as well as the frivolous spenders.
I loved the fact that they used seemingly wealthy women and showed the consequences for each persons actions. The most mind blowing was infact Zuri who was living this luxurious lifestyle — driving a Benz and living in a luxury apartment, but was still broke because she didn’t know how to manage money.
They addressed different issues such as joint accounts, fraud, black tax and even being dependent on boyfriends or family, without having a safety net.
What I didn’t like was the massively obvious product placements in the show. It was a little awkward to watch but then again I guess some of them were important because the show is indeed about learning how to manage your finances so they had to please some sponsors and also help some of the viewers create savings pots. I mean if you’re going to use a show to teach me how to save then you may as well show me how.
Finally, I loved the voiceover by the book’s author, Arese, as well as the short blurbs of financial advice in between scenes. It helped to break down each financial mistake and suggested solutions for each.
I loved that this show was different. It wasn’t about love or marriage which is typical for Nigerian movies, but about a woman who has a hold of her finances. A woman who is a master of her craft and at the top in her industry.
Nigeria doesn’t have many shows based on books. It’s also quite rare that first time producers and writers produce such great content. I’m very impressed with the show. Arese Ugwu should be really proud of herself for putting this together.
At the end of the day, the show teaches us to have sense and to be very serious about our money as African women. I’ll give it a solid 8/10. Please take some time out to watch it on Netflix.
I’ll leave you with my favorite quote from the show:
“Ultimately her net worth is more important than her wardrobe.”
P.S. I didn’t read the book so my view is solely based on watching the series.