By Tomilola Coco Adeyemo
As much as I am a fan of Yoruba Nollywood, I cringe while watching most Yoruba movies.
You’d think that with the advancement of technology and the “How To” of movie business everywhere in the world, Yoruba Nollywood would have caught up on how to apply common sense to making movies/telling stories by now.
Before I continue, I would like to add that I am actually very angry at the type of stories we still tell and how we tell these stories.
It is the 21st century, yet we are still stuck on our ways, refusing to tell stories with common sense and choosing to immerse ourselves in sexism, bigotry and chauvinism at its height.
When it’s not any of the aforementioned, someone somewhere is copying and pasting an entire storyline from a Hollywood movie.
Clearly, shame is not a language we speak in this part of the world.
I am here watching Jewo Ese (2014) in my father’s house and I am enraged by the rubbish I am being subjected to.
Asides from this being an insult to my intelligence, I am extremely surprised that an Actor of Antar Laniyan’s calibre would still act in movies like this one.
In Jewo Ese, Tumininu’s father (Antar Laniyan) swears vehemently not to allow his daughter marry her sweetheart, Bamise (Ibrahim Chatta). Hell bent on tying the knots with her boyfriend, Tumininu packs out of her father’s house especially when things get really bad and her father begins to frustrate her. However, her father comes around and even gifts Tumininu and Bamise a Car, only to be accidentally knocked down by this same car that same day while Bamise is driving. After her father’s demise, Tumininu hands her stake in her father’s company to Bamise with words like, “A Woman has no wisdom to run a company…” blah blah blah.
I am not sure why the words weren’t, “I, Tumininu have no wisdom in running a company” or “I, the Actress in this movie have no wisdom to know this is an insult to my intelligence” because this is utter BS and it has got to stop.
This is not the first time I am watching a Yoruba movie where a woman is being made to look and sound dumb. In fact, it is an undertone in almost every single Yoruba movie there is out there.
Actually, I have watched a movie where a character said women don’t have wisdom. Fullstop. Like the movie wasn’t talking in relation to anything, it just said women don’t have wisdom.
Question is, how are these movies still being made? Why is nobody censoring them?
Why are movies like this still being released for young women and girls to watch?
And, why is Africa Magic, the biggest platform of its kind on the continent endorsing movies like this by showing them?
These movies go far – it is no news that Nollywood is one of the biggest film Industries in the world – and this is what we want people to see about us?
No wonder the Ooni’s wife expressly says she’s not a fan of Gender Equality and Actress Foluke Daramola uses every platform she gets to ridicule the cause.
At the end of the day, Nollywood is supporting them one way or the other.
PS: while this might seem like I have chosen not to talk about Asaba Nollywood, it is because I watch more Yoruba movies than Asaba movies.