Uyaiedu said she created the movie to address the subject of LGBTQ head-on as it is more or less a taboo topic in Nigeria.
The title of the movie is “Ife” which translates to mean “love” in the Yoruba language, a dialect widely spoken in South Western Nigerian.
Uyaiedu said she made the movie as an opposition to the stereotypical way queer people were perceived in the Nigerian society as this also got transferred into movies where gay roles are often deemed to be troubled and problematic.
“I’m queer so ‘Ife’ is dear to my heart. I wanted to represent LGBTQ characters in a different light than how they are shown in past stories, to change how heterosexuals view them,” she explained.
Homophobia is a big thing in Nigeria and the larger parts of Africa. Stigma against homosexuals in Nigeria is particularly very pronounced considering that there are even laws in the country’s books that sentence gays and lesbians to long jail terms when caught and convicted.
This pro lesbian film which centres a story on two women namely Ife and Adaora brings to the fore the the uncertainty surrounding their relationship mainly because of how their society views same sex relationships.
The movie is created in partnership with Equality hub, an NGO in Nigeria focused on fighting social injustices against sexual minorities.
“They come into problems when they are not certain of the future of their relationship considering that these two women live in Nigeria which is a homophobic country,” she said of the storyline.
Ikpe-Etim is an advocate for the Nigeria’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) community.
A 2019 survey carried out by The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERS), returned with a result that shows that over 75 percent of people in the country support the continued enforcement of the strict anti-gay laws as they currently are.
Watch the official trailer of the movie below;
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