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Oboli is tired and needs a break


Omoni Oboli

The filmmaker Omoni Oboli is perennially busy. She got Okafor’s Law and Wives On Strike out in 2016 and just as 2017 was about to end, she had turned up with the sequel to the latter.

While Wives On Strike is a thumbs down on Child Marriage, Wives on Strike: The Revolution is a damning and shaming of the perpetrators of Domestic Violence.

It is to this actress, scriptwriter and director’s credit that she deploys her significant platform to call attention to these dastardly ills. But whereas there’s order and proper sequencing in Wives On Strike, you get the impression that the producer had attention span challenges in Wives on Strike: The Revolution.

After the central story; the battering to death of a woman by her husband, is established and the sense of outrage of her colleagues-fellow market women- is highlighted, the film lumbers from story to unrelated story.

This inability to stay on message and tease out as much as possible from the central idea, calls to question the sense of continuity. There had to be a conference in London which bordered on the prequel (Child Bride) and suddenly the leader of the revolt had to run for councillor in the Local Government.

All very disorienting and befuddling. Some characters had changed from being stark illiterates in the first movie to English grammar tutors in the sequel (without the context).

The actor who played the main villain in the first film had been changed in the second film, yet his name and alias, as well as the lady that played his wife, remained intact. It must have been quite a tiresome season for Mrs. Oboli, clearly one of the most hardworking producers in Nollywood.

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