Not all of us will go the Chimamanda route, but still…
Disclaimer: This isn’t a review.
I’m sorry, you’d have to check Andrew Oke or Ife Olujuyigbe for that one. Can’t be worrying about people snatching my edges on the street ’cause I wrote a movie review for TNS. Yup, seriously.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get to business.
Fact, Omoni Oboli is one of the hardest working women in Nollywood today.
Fact, Omoni Oboli is not a feminist. Or so it seems.
If we were to go by her portrayal of women in her most recent work; Okafor’s Law, that is.
On Friday night, I found myself at the cinema with my youngest brother, paying for two tickets for Okafor’s Law.
After watching numerous trailers and the questionable trailer for ‘Whose Meal Ticket Is It?’ (anyone know who’s responsible for that travesty?), I finally got what I was waiting for – Okafor’s Law.
I knew what to expect, so no, I wasn’t waiting for a movie that’ll attempt to cure cancer. Or solve our Dino Melaye problems.
This was a chick flick, a rom-com, a movie about many scenes featuring Blossom Chukwujekwu’s hot bod blossoming from scene to scene.
What I wasn’t expecting, however, was Mrs Oboli’s decision to portray every single woman in the movie as an idiot.
If you haven’t seen the movie, here’s a summary;
Chuks, a renowned player, (who has a job he never does, except the Writer is saying he’s an Uber driver ’cause we basically only see him drive through the entire film, true story) tries to prove to his two friends (one with a girlfriend who calls vagina ‘sugar box’ and another with a wife who blackmails him in the only scenes we see her) that he can kpansh/gbensh/knack any woman he’s hooked up with in the past.
Interesting, yeah? So basically, this entire movie is about Chuks proving that theory.
Now, there are three women he decides to try this with; Ify, Tomi and Ejiro. Each of which seem far-fetched. Problem is, these women are the most ludicrous portrayal of women you’ve seen anywhere other than Yoruba Nollywood.
In 21st century Nigeria, where women are fighting to be taken as seriously as their male counterparts and feminists are trying to push the agenda ‘feminists aren’t angry’ women, Mrs Oboli manages to take us ten steps back.
Now, no one is asking her to burden herself with the herculean task of being a feminist. But can we not constantly add to the terrible/cliche portrayal of the Nigerian woman?
Back to the film in question. Chuks and his friends pick three women for their ‘test’.
Ify is married to a man older than her who ‘cuts her off’ because she cheated on him and clearly, has no job of her own. Hello?
Ejiro is the crazy bitch who goes i.n.s.a.n.e when Chuks sleeps with her and attempts to dump her immediately. Guys, this chic even starts planning an imaginary wedding! :/
Uhn-uhn, further painting that women-are-crazy stereotype on the big screen!
Tomi, the only woman I had hopes for, becomes more emotional than realistic when at the end she doubts a firm decision she’s taken because the man she dumped is marrying a chic who warned her against him. Can’t keep up? Me neither.
The only older woman in the movie, Chuks’ mother, then dashed the remainder of my hopes when she gives Chuks the most ridiculous advice a mother has ever given her grown up son! How?
And let’s not forget the bride who easily parts her legs for Chuks, post-traditional wedding, and then begins to ask the most popular question on twitter as populated by boys – What are we doing?
Even Ify’s PA, played by Lala Akindoju who doubles as bodyguard gives it all up after a few glasses of liquor.
Again, this isn’t me asking for too much, this is me wondering why every single woman in this movie is problematic with faulty reasoning. You mean we cannot get a movie about ONE woman behaving herself in an entire 90 minutes or so?
We cannot get a female character who doesn’t in any way reflect the cliches & stereotypes attributed with the modern Nigerian woman?
A movie from one of the most constant Producers in the business who is incidentally a woman and which was shown in festivals around the world offers this appalling image of the Nigerian woman? No woman with small common sense?
I know I’d be madder if this were a male director. But coming from a woman? Man, I weak die.
Check out Okafor’s Law at the cinema and let me know if you share this sentiment.
This post first appeared on TNS.
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