Forget the new crop of actresses that have waltzed into Nollywood, Ireti Doyle is still a boss. If you need some proof in the context of how she embodies character, check out this DStv campaign ad that was released last year where she smashes things with a mallet. In the trailer for Moses Eskor’s upcoming movie 1929, a movie about the famed Aba Women’s Riot that happened in the same year, Doyle is all rage and rebellion which perfectly captures our cultural zeitgeist, the feminine frustration that is now corrosively leaking out as protests against sexual harassment in the marketplace and, quite recently, rape.
In one scene in the trailer, and with the solid, rioting presence of women behind her, Doyle marches up to Sam Dede’s menacing character, grabs his gun and snaps it into two. A queen. Doyle stars alongside another powerhouse actor Sola Sobowale, whose imperious performance in her last movie King of Boys puts her back in her wheelhouse in this new Moses Eskor vehicle. As history goes, the Aba Women’s Riot was a movement led by rural women to protest direct taxation and policies imposed by warrant chiefs and British administrators. The women were from six ethnic groups: Ibibio, Andoni, Orgoni, Bonny, Opobo, and Igbo. Some historians think the word ”riot’ is misleading, preferring to refer to the protest as a rebellion or revolt.
Speaking on the film, Moses Eskor said: ”The general impression people have is that the 1929 women’s riot took place only at Aba; no, women from different provinces in the then eastern region of Nigeria played a major part to stop the imposition of tax on women. The film will serve as a point of reference for research, especially for young people. On a lighter note, the film is spiced up with a love story to delight the viewers, it is a historical film that will make you think, feel, laugh and learn and I will be happy to see people come out to watch history being made.”
1929 also stars Becky Odungide-Asindi, KedianaAbasi Kam, Emma Etukudo, Lois Ikpaha, and Emmanuel Owuala. Distributed by FilmOne, the movie hits cinemas April 19, 2019 and here’s the trailer below.