BY ESE DIBEBI
Nollywood actress Ireti Doyle has said that the Nigerian film industry lacks strong female characters.
Iretiola is one of four women stars of recently premiered Fifty produced by female media entrepreneur, Mo Abudu. The other three are Omoni Oboli, Nse Ikpe Etim and Dakore Egbuson.
However, speaking in an interview with The Nation ahead of yesterday’s Nigerian premiere of the movie, Ireti Doyle said,
In our industry, there are lack of strong female characters. How many movies do you see that celebrate the African woman because she is strong, intelligent, successful and forward thinking. Most of the female characters you see are witches, so if you are asking me what is the theme of Fifty; the theme of Fifty is strength at whatever age; you can live your life to the fullest at whatever age: you can attain satisfaction and happiness and achievement at whatever age. So don’t go looking for some deep sanctimonious message. If you want that, go to church on Sunday.
Directed by Biyi Bandele, Fifty premiered to much fanfare in Lagos yesterday, Sunday, December 13, 2015.