The Nollywood industry has been at the forefront of telling African stories, especially Nigerian stories, as authentic as possible. This authenticity has led to the production of films that talk about girls’ rights in Nigeria to highlight and raise awareness of the issues facing average girls in Nigeria.
Here are five inspiring Nigerian films that champion girls’ rights.
The 2014 film produced by Jane Lawalata and Stephanie Linus explores themes such as child marriage, vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) and the importance of education for women in a community. With the story of 13-year-old Halima, we went through a roller coaster of emotions as she overcame her ordeal with the help of a female doctor, Zara.
Samaria, a short film written by Chiemeka Osuagwu, is another film that deals with children’s rights and education. The film, which received nominations at the 2022 Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival for Best Short Film – Nollywood and Best Short Film – International, takes a look at the dangers young girls face in Nigeria and how society contributes to derailing their dreams and aspirations. See the link to the movie HERE.
In Nigeria, women don’t exactly have a place at the table until they fight for it, and Lionheart, a 2018 film directed by Genevieve Nnaji, explores the subject. The film centers on Adaeze Obiagu (Geneviève Nnaji), who takes on the challenge of running her father’s business due to his health issues.
4. This Lady Called Life
Aiye (Bisola Aiyeola) was a young woman whose family abandoned her because she became pregnant after being raped. Her mother, disbelieving her story and living her struggle through life on her journey to becoming a leader, brought to life how young girls are automatically thrown to little ones after a misstep or traumatic experience. Kayode Kasum directed the romance film of 2020.
5. MTV Shuga
MTV Shuga is a drama series that explores themes of gender-based violence, female empowerment, teenage pregnancy, and safer sex. The series, which has eight seasons, was directed by filmmakers like Biyi Bandele, Angus Gibson, Teboho Mahlatsi, Tolulope Ajayi, Tope Oshin and more.
What other movies do you think should be on the list?