Top Nollywood actresses have stressed the need for gender emancipation in Nigeria. They stated this at a press conference to commemorate ‘Naija Woman Talk True’ theatre production.
Joke Silva, an actress, lamented that cultural antecedents of Africans have resulted in the slow progress made by campaigners of gender emancipation.
She said that in a bid to make women subservient, they have been forced to become objects of sexual and ego gratification by African men.
“This also goes on with issues of rape, wife battery and female child molestation on the increase.”
Ms Kate Henshaw, an actress, advised parents to be committed to sexually educating their children and wards, in order to protect them from sexual molestation.
“We should encourage our children, especially the females, to speak up against any form of sexual molestation and gender abuse. We should also believe them and not sweep their allegations under the carpet, rather, we should investigate and ensure they get justice,” Henshaw said.
Ms AbimbolaAkintola, another actress, remarked that female gender respect and emancipation was a collective responsibility of everyone, including religious leaders.
She said that religious leaders had the capability to influence and sensitise their followers to behave in a morally appropriate and acceptable way.
The play, which was produced and directed by IfeomaFafunwa, showcased prominent actresses, including Joke Silva, TaiwoAjai-Lycett, Kate Henshaw and Bimbo Akintola, among others.
Director and Founder of the `Hear Word’, an NGO, Mrs. Ifeoma Fafunwa, also reiterated the need for female gender emancipation as requisite for nation building.
According to her, certain social practices and beliefs that oppress, reject and limit the potential of Nigerian women, ought to be addressed.
She said the `Hear Word’ theatre was produced to inspire women to move beyond barriers and realise their full potential in order to contribute to decision making and nation building.
“Based on a collection of true life stories, the episodic of Hear Word, is a poignant, joyous and emotionally charged showcase of female self-discovery and the numerous challenges facing Nigerian women,’’ she said.
The play is billed to premiere at the Muson Centre, Onikan on May 2.

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