Relating to her new documentary, Amaka’s Kin: The Women of Nollywood, award winning Nollywood director, Tope Oshin recently spoke to BBC about some of the challenges female directors face in the industry.
She talked about the dearth of female directors in the industry and the struggle to break the patriarchal mindset.
“To a very large extent, there’s this mindset that there’s a place that women should be, it’s African and it’s very heavily Nigerian as well. We feel that there are some things that should only be done by men, that are tough jobs or tough roles. Roles that have to do with telling people what to do.
“For example, directing is considered a very technical job where you have to put together the entire crew, everybody looks to you, to listen to you. It’s not what people would ordinarily think a female should do. People think you should be dabbing powder somewhere or something which is the main reason why I feel they’re so few because the average Nigerian woman doesn’t think that she should do it or that she can do it,” Oshin said.
Tope Oshin recently produced a documentary titled Amaka’s Kin that is based on the trail that the late prolific Nollywood director, Amaka Igwe blazed for female directors in Nollywood. She featured Omoni Oboli, Blessing Effiom Egbe and many other female directors in the industry.
Watch the video here.