Omoni Oboli is currently enjoying a cultural renaissance. In mid-2017, she pivoted away from Nollywood to launch her clothing line Omoni Oboli by AVE and, April this year, joined the league of first-time authors in publishing a 133-paged memoir titled The Stars Are Ageless. More to the point, she’s ostensibly spinning the Wives on Strike movies into a franchise, with the last instalment Revolution released late 2017 and further distilling the movie into the TV medium.
The last relay of movies she has released have all felt decidedly feminist, with commentaries on domestic violence and child marriage bleeding into our collective consciousness. With her upcoming film Moms at War, slated to be released in select theatres on August 17, she addresses the longstanding myth of women hating each other. But first, she sets her female characters into neighbourly conflict.
“You know what moms are,” Oboli said to Pulse in a recent interview, “always competing and wanting their kids to be on top. So Moms at War is about two mothers who live in the same neighbourhood, but hated each other.”
Written by Naz Onuzo (Arbitration, The Wedding Party 2), Oboli feels the story is important in the society today. “Because a lot of people like to push the narrative that women are always fighting each other and that they can never work together.”
When I went through the cast, I was over the moon to see Michelle Dede, who is going to play the role of a friend to Omoni Oboli’s character (Oboli is now gaining a reputation in starring in her own films, don’t you think?). Funke Akindele is in this ensemble to be an antagonistic mom, squaring off with Oboli’s fictional maternal persona.
Yul Edochie, Abayomi Alvin and Adebukola Oladipupo also join the cast. August 17 can’t come soon enough.