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International Women’s Day: 5 Nollywood Films with Leading Female Characters Challenging Societal Expectations

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There’s no higher time than now to rejoice the evolution of the movie trade in Nigeria. Whereas it’s no secret that the trade is male-dominated, we’re witnessing the emergence of main feminine characters from numerous ages, ethnicities, tribes, and professions. These characters are portrayed with highly effective performances that resonate with Nigerian ladies, with relatable on-screen representations.

In honour of Worldwide Ladies’s Day, a day devoted to celebrating ladies and highlighting gender inequalities, we’ve put collectively a listing of Nigerian films that includes brilliantly written main feminine characters that we not solely admire but in addition function a supply of inspiration to many ladies.

These movies rejoice the achievements of girls and in addition problem the societal expectations that always hinder ladies’s development

Awarun (Sola Sobowale) – “Anikulapo”

In an unique interview with calabargist, when Sola Sobowale was requested which a part of the character, Awarun she associated to essentially the most, she mentioned, “Her independence.”

Set in an historical period the place ladies have been sometimes depending on males for sustenance and anticipated to want marriage and be married, Awarun’s character defied the norms and cultural expectations. She embraced self-sufficiency – operating a ceramics manufacturing facility, proudly owning a thriving enterprise, holding a chief title and setting boundaries in her relationships with males. Awarun’s dedication to carve her path in a closely patriarchal setting sends a strong message of empowerment and resilience.

Watch her describe Awarun right here

Adire (Kehinde Bankole) – Adire

In Adire, ladies’s empowerment takes centre stage. Adire tells the story of Adire, a retired intercourse employee turned entrepreneur, who strikes right into a small city and launches her personal lingerie enterprise. Adire has had an unlucky background, but, she isn’t scared to make a recent begin, fleeing from the shackles of her previous, relocating to a distant city, taking again herself and changing into industrious.

Not solely that, we see her encouraging different ladies within the city to embrace entrepreneurship too and take cost of their sensuality.

Adaeze Obiagu (Genevieve Nnaji) – “Lionheart”

Adaeze Obiagu is an formidable girl, and she or he isn’t delicate about it. In “Lionheart,” a film directed by Genevieve Nnaji, who additionally performed the position, Adaeze is the daughter of a rich Igbo businessman and she or he has private aspirations to take over the corporate from her father when he retires. Her aspirations have been so sturdy that she already had plans to usher the household enterprise into a brand new technology.

However she’s not with out challenges. Debt, opposition, competitors from rivals, and the specter of takeover by her brother all stand in her means. But, within the male-dominated transportation trade, Adaeze challenges the established order. With grit, resilience and an unwavering focus, she manoeuvres by way of challenges, holding her household, enterprise, and profession intact.

Derin (Meg Otanwa) – “For Maria: Ẹ̀bùn Pàtàkì”

The core theme of “For Maria: Ẹ̀bùn Pàtàkì” is postpartum melancholy. Derin, a first-time mom, experiences a traumatic labour throughout the supply of her child, resulting in issue in bonding along with her new child. Misunderstood by the individuals round her, she withdraws to herself, sinking additional into melancholy. Whereas she battles this, she additionally has her mother-in-law who verbally abuses her to deal with.

The film sheds mild on postpartum melancholy, a critical situation that’s seldom mentioned in society and continuously impacts ladies following childbirth.

 Dr Zara Robinson (Stephanie Okereke Linus) – “Dry”

Set in Kastina, Northern Nigeria, “Dry” tells the story of a Nigerian girl, Dr Zara Robinson, a gynaecologist in the UK, who was raped, trafficked, abused, and deserted in Nigeria earlier than being adopted by a British doctor. However Dry isn’t about Dr Zara, it’s about Halima, a 13-year-old woman pressured into marriage with a 60-year-old man. After enduring abuse and getting pregnant, Halima suffers from Vesico Vaginal Fistula, a situation inflicting steady urine leakage attributable to a connection between the bladder and vagina. Due to this, Halima is rejected by her husband, household and society – going through discrimination because of this.

“Dry” is impressed by a real life story, and it’s centred on little one marriage, particularly addressing the way it contributes to the prevalence of Vesico Vaginal Fistula in sure areas of Nigeria.

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