Blood Sisters stars preach against Domestic Violence
Nigerian actors Nancy Isime, Ini Dima Okojie and Daniel Etim Effiong roles were singled out in the new Netflix’s first original Nigerian series, Blood Sisters, currently waves in the entertainment industry.
The series is an ode to life in the city as it brilliantly juxtaposes the various socio-economic divides in Africa’s most famous commercial and social hub. It tells the story of two friends Sarah (Ini Dima-Okojie) and Kemi (Nancy Isime). Sarah is engaged to her dream man, Kola (Deyemi Okanlawon). However, their seemingly serene union has a dark side and despite Kemi’s vocal misgivings, Sarah is determined to press on with the wedding. What follows is a heart-stopping series of catastrophic events marked by murder, love, betrayal and the test of friendship.
The actors, in a sit-down with Weekend Beats, reflected on their roles and domestic violence in the series. Speaking on the feeling after leaving the set, Isime said: “We were on set for almost two months and Ini and I were in character almost through, I was overwhelmed towards the end of the shoot. I was overwhelmed by Kemi’s character. There was a day I went back to my room after leaving the set and cried because I just wanted to be free from Kemi. We were so immersed, especially in the second part where we were shooting back to back at a remote village in Lagos.
Reacting to the question of if she put emotion into the shooting in the movie, she said: “I put in a lot of emotion into the shooting and into everything, it wasn’t Nanny on the screen, Kemi took over.
Speaking on when to leave a relationship, she said: “I don’t think you can advise anybody on when to leave; we can only appeal to a victim to leave in time.”
Also, speaking on Sarah’s character and the project, she said: “It was amazing to bring such character to life, but it was emotionally and mentally draining for me; there’s a scene between Nancy and me, it ended up playing out differently because we were not supposed to break down, but we ended up crying, we didn’t stop crying even after we were told to cut so, it was just an unforgettable experience, and I am grateful for it. As actors, we are as good as the opportunity we are given, if we don’t get it, there is no way to show how good we are.
On how to deal with a bully partner, Effiong, said a victim must not just keep quiet, but must seek help, and both the abused and the abuser must get help.
“It’s usually the abused that seek help, the abuser must also seek help, the abuser may have also been abused in the past and just want to visit someone who is close to them.”