by Wilfred Okiche
On 4 December, film maker, Chris Ihindero gathered family, friends and of course the stars for the public presentation of his short film; ‘Big Daddy’.
The ten minute film is an advocacy project that addresses the topical issue of rape and sexual abuse among Nigerian families. Presented by Amaka Igwe’s Centre of Excellence, it is the story of a young girl (played by Zara Abimbola Udofia) who is repeatedly abused by her mother’s husband, a man she calls father (Yemi Adeyemi). She grows up to become a troubled young woman, scared of physical and emotional contact and when it all becomes too much, she takes matters into her hands.
The Sunday event began with a red carpet reception where we spotted some of our favourite celebrities including Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, O.C Ukeje, Tosyn Bucknor and Tee-A.
Guests were ushered in and the host(ess) Lamide Akintobi introduced the special guests. Stage actress Lala Akindoju gave a powerful performance of ‘Daddy’s little girl’ from the Vagina monologues and set the tone for the rest of the film (somebody hand her the Oscar already, or Tony or whatever it is they hand out to stage performers).
After the screening, a panel was raised to discuss the issue of rape and how it’s prevalence can be minimised. The panelists were Ifeoma Williams, Country manager MTV Africa, Yemi Adamolekun of Enough is Enough, Princess Olufemi Kayode, Kate Ibeanusi of Project Alert and actor, O.C Ukeje.
The night ended with a vote of thanks from the director, Chris Ihidero and a music performance by soul act, Ibiyemi.