A landmark film is coming to Nigerian screens. Written and directed by Uyaiedu Ikpe-Etim and produced by the activist Pamela Adie, Ìfé will tell the story of two women, Ìfé and Adaora, who fall in love—an everyday occurrence never before seen in Nigerian cinema. The characters are played respectively by the actresses Uzoamaka Aniunoh and Cindy Amadi. The film is executive produced by the female sexual minorities NGO The Equality Hub.
In an email to us, Adie shared the sysnopsis:
ìfé” tells the story of ìfé and Adaora, two Nigerian women who fall in love over a 3-day date, but their love is tested by the realities of being in a same-sex relationship in Nigeria. It is a romance story that portrays LBQ women in a positive light as regular people who are living, fall in love, have their hearts broken, break hearts, have dreams, love their families, etc. It also highlights themes of domestic violence, family acceptance, rejection, and the added pressure of societal expectations.
There is no release date yet for Ìfé, but it will likely be available for streaming on a soon-to-announced platform between October and December 2020.
Watch the beautiful trailer HERE.
Visit the official film website: www.ifeemovie.com.
Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, editor, journalist, and curator. He is Editor of Folio Nigeria, where he profiles innovators and facilitators in culture, art, photography, business, activism, and health. He has vast experience working in literature. He has sat on the judging panels of The Gerald Kraak Prize and of The Morland Writing Scholarship. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria's first queer art collective, and Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. For three years, Nov. 2016 to Apr. 2020, he led the transformation of the literary blog Brittle Paper into a continental powerhouse, ideating and administering The Brittle Paper Awards, the first by an African publication. His work in queer advocacy has been profiled in Literary Hub. In 2019, he won The Future Awards Africa Prize for Literature. In 2020, he was named among "The 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians." He completed a collection of short stories in 2016 and his novel in 2020. Find him on otosirieze.com or on Twitter & Insta: @otosirieze.