SHOLA SHOBOWALE AND IRETI DOYLE TO RE-ENACT THE 1929 WOMEN EMACIPATION MOVEMENT
– By Chinedu Nwaduru, ABH PRESS
And Nollywood is at it again!
Just when we thought we had seen it all with an all-invigorating experience of many nollywood actors – Genevieve Nnaji in LionHeart, Shola Shobowale in King of the Boys, Stephanie Okereke in Dry; little did we know that another was about to hit us.
For all ye lovers of history and social studies back in high school – Remember the story of the Women of Aba and the Women Emancipation Movement to stop women taxation by the colonial masters? Yeah, that’s the one!
Sobowale and Doyle will re-enact the story of the Ikot Abasi women, Opobo Division unrest of 1929 that claimed the lives of many women protesters across the eastern part of Nigeria.
Speaking on the movie, the producer, Ndy Akan said, ‘ ‘1929’ film was done in order to let the world know the part the Ibibio and Annang women played to stop women’s taxation by the colonial masters, particularly the women from Ikot Abasi, Opobo division.’
Akan further said, ‘The general impression people have is that the 1929 women’s riot took place only at Aba; no, women from different provinces in the then eastern region of Nigeria played a major part to stop the imposition of tax on women. The film will serve as a point of reference for research, especially for young people. On a lighter note, the film is spiced up with a love story to delight the viewers, it is a historical film that will make you think, feel, laugh and learn and I will be happy to see people come out to watch history being made.’