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Jadesola Osiberu’s Isoken Is Fiercely Feminist & That Is Perhaps The Best Thing About It

As I sit down and type this, I am half nude in my tiny studio apartment in Lekki.

Forget that it has been raining all morning and the pacific ocean has relocated outside my landlord’s gate.

What I am grateful for this morning and every other day, is, I at least used my hand to pay for this house.

You are not getting it? I chose this shoebox space. I chose to live here and I can choose to pack out when my rent is due.

The power of choice – exhilarating, liberating, deliciously sweet.

As a 28 year old woman, I can do whatever the fuck I want, whenever I want and however I want.

Which is what Isoken portrays.

Finally, a mainstream Nollywood movie, which will make a lot of money and travel far puts a woman in the front seat and lets her make ‘man choices.’

Somebody give me some music, need to shake my derriere while I savor the moment.

I saw Isoken with my best friend, Amanda. It was a perfect date night movie for us. We laughed through it, she thought Isoken was unfair for playing Osaze.

I thought differently. She said to me, “It’s because you like the white guy.”

That one, I party agreed with.

But what she didn’t get at the time was; I was excited that a woman played two men. Oh yeah, I said that.

I was glad it wasn’t the other way round and the women weren’t making stupid sacrifices eg washing toilet and cooking moinmoin just to be considered by a man.

In Isoken, a successful woman, open to more growth, deciding when the fuck to shave her own vagina, has the choice of two good men and picks one at her own damn time.

This is a movie other movies should be like. This is a movie female filmmakers should make a thousand times over.

And no, it doesn’t only have to feature in the romcom genre but in every genre possible.

Until it sinks into our subconscious that strong female characters are as important as the male.

And they can make whatever choices, whenever they feel like and wouldn’t be considered slutty or stupid.

That one, I am forever here for.

 

 

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  1. Good. I do however STRONGLY disagree with the illustration that you can shout down your parents and they will now follow you sheepishly to that place you wanna go… No it doesn’t work for me…any child who does that to me is prepared to do that wedding without me, exist in that marriage without me and without any African parable urging me to forgive because he or she was trying to be unafrican in the first place… A child can decide to catch leprosy if he or she is ready to live an isolated life in the forest…. #finito!

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