It is common knowledge that there has been an alarming rise in cases of rape in Nigeria in recent years.
Worst still is the surge in cases of rape of minors, with many of the perpetrators getting away with such heinous crime.
But in assuming its role as mirror of society, the movie industry has moved to address this epidemic and in the middle of this campaign are Nollywood’s Emem Isong and Bola Aduwo.
Titled “Code of Silence”, this new movie off the stables of Royal Arts Academy, written by Bola Aduwo, and produced and directed by Emem Isong, explores the themes of gender violence, as well as family planning and other health messages through various characters in the story.
“Code of Silence” is the tale of a young girl, Adanma who was raped by two men one night while coming home from school.
This singular act is the catalyst that triggers a number of catastrophic events in the film; one of the rapists is a prominent politician in the state and the other his aide.
As a result, Adanma’s family being of humble origins, are afraid to report the matter to the relevant authorities citing the excuse that rape is considered a taboo in society and it will make her undesirable for marriage.
The movie stars an array of talented, award-winning actors such as Ini Edo, Patience Ozorkwor, Desmond Elliot, Omoni Oboli, Kofi Adjorlolo, Amaechi Muonagor, Shawn Faqua, Makida Moka, amongst others.
It is a gripping, heart-rending emotional story inspired by true events that needs to be told.
The movie, produced in conjunction with Nollywood Workshop, is no doubt apt, as the rape statistics in Nigeria has become staggering, with most cases going unreported.


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