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This Yoruba Movie has got People Talking – Should Nollywood Movies Show Same-Sex Relationships?

Adesola Ade-Unuigbe

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There is a Yoruba movie that has been trending for a few days and has kicked off a very important and sensitive question. The movie has gotten quite the reaction from Nigerians with some condemning the movie as a whole, others condemning the wrong portrayal of same-sex relationships and more opinions.

The movie, Feyint’oluwa, is a story that depicts the life of a young couple who were in pursuit of a better life but the outcome of their survival was shocking which further resulted in them taking bitter decisions.

A particular scene from the movie has since gone viral. In the scene, actor Femi Adebayo is seen cuddling another man when his “wife” walks in and there is an exchange of words.

@bisialimi is not happy with Nollywood for this portrayal of a gay relationship. ****** @bisialimi: “This is STUPID and honestly l am just being very nice because stupid will be offended that I compare this piece of dustbin bullshit to stupid. I mean who wrote this script? Who directed it? What the actual f*** is wrong with #Nollywood? Is it a must to do gay stories? And which part of story research and character research this bunch of idiots can do? I am sure there are many LGBT people that will educate you on the best way to tell this story, even if you are bent on being homophobic atseholes. 1- not all gay people are camp! That next ‘manly man’ next to you now might actually be gay and that pretty sexy feminine lady next to you might actually be lesbian. Stupid being blatantly stupid 2- I have said it before and will say it again, LG relationship are not straight relationships. We don’t do husband and wife, we do wife and wife, husband and husband. This bullshit is just trying to hard. I mean what the f***, I am not even sure whether I should laugh or cry!!! I can’t believe someone took time and spent money on making this piece of shit. Jesus – christ?!? Nothing one won’t see from this bunch of delusional homophobic nation. I can’t even deal at the moment. Lol”

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Gay rights activist Bisi Alimi had earlier in the day shared his thoughts on how the same-sex relationship was wrongly portrayed. The scene also caused quite the conversation in our comment section on Instagram with Nigerians sharing their thoughts about the scene.

On YouTube however, commenters have looked beyond this particular scene to watch the whole movie and they have formed a different opinion with many thanking ApataTV for sharing the movie and showing that “prayer is the soul key to believers”. A lot of people also took the same-sex relationship scenes with humour.

A YouTube commenter says

“It’s just pathetic to see people running to God whenever they are in adversary and forget him within a little comfort. Prayer is the soul key to believers and even a vital Instrument to all Christians. Everything created by him was good and that is the main reason I keep saying, no one is born as a gay or lesbian. People only get influence to such act from a close friend, relatives, atmosphere, bad memories from a bad relationship”.

Another says,

“In fact apata, I really Appreciate you for uploading this movie. There’s nothing God can not do. Prayer is the master key. Very interesting and a good lesson for some men including women”

Yet another commended the bravery of the movie, saying

“These guys have killed me with their acting – I almost died in that scene with the dress – In fact, I Don Finish???? brave move in 9ja where folks can be soo judgemental!”

Another comment says

“The film started off a little bit slow for me, but I think it got a Lil bit fairer with time.Tunji is really doing gays films now (2nd I have watched)..really enjoyed the gay scenes.. the husband got tempted and that made him derail… overall good for a one time watch….”

Want to see what the movie is all about? Watch below and share your thoughts!

Adesola is a BellaNaija editor and Voltron. Yes, things are that serious for her when it comes to BellaNaija.com.She's a lover of gist, novels, music and food. She's constantly trying not to take life for granted. She spends most of her time either keeping up with the world on the Internet or sharing some acquired knowledge about digital media.To communicate with her directly, you can hit her up on: Instagram - @adesola.au Twitter - @ThisConnectd

39 Comments

  1. April Laugh

    January 27, 2017 at 11:08 am

    SHOCKING!!!

    • Agu

      January 27, 2017 at 11:58 am

      It’s normal Nigeria need to understand there millions of gay people living in closet in Nigeria and that,s one of the source of rising HIV cases in some areas in Nigeria and Africa.

    • #Proudnigerian

      January 27, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Oga please is it by force?? Must we legalise it here? Please carry your wahala and be going.it is not NORMAL. Tueh!!

    • Dolly

      January 27, 2017 at 8:55 pm

      It’s nothing wrong telling a gay story but everything is wrong with this movie. The portrayal of the gay scene is super stereotypicaly flawed, exaggerated and lousy. The supposed actor is even very uncomfortable which shows lack of depth and commitment to interpretation.

      I happen to have two good male friends you will never suspect to be into men, oh well one of em’ will let u know if you dare ask him though.
      My male co-worker once said he doesn’t want any of em hitting on him should he hang with us, I fucc’n laughed out and told him never, you re’ not their type. They wont touch you with a long pole even if you make the move.

      Some of them are the most choosy dudes ever, like you gotta be tall, extremely attractive, 6 packs, good job, drive a nice car and got a big ding-a-dong lol oh did i mention you cant be feminine either ha.

    • Bahdguy

      January 27, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      Let’s cut gays some slack. Anyone who wants to give up his ass shd be allowed to do so. Cos it drives em underground. Some bastard gays will even be intimidating their employees (happened to me) and assaulting teens. Let’s give em some space and hopefully they will leave straight guys alone.

    • Watch the full movie first!

      January 27, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      I actually watched the movie and the viral clip is barely telling the full story.

      Its a funny movie and gives a lil the bob riskky & bae tease..lmao!! Fast forward the movie to 1:10:21 (to catch the real gay storyline)

      The dude dat acted as the wife did a wonderful job, he was soo believable as a “queen”…lmao!!

      Some errors with the gay storyline tho – was he gay for pay or really switched to gay? Cos if he switched to gay, imma give them the side eye.! Being gay is not a switch that can be turned on or off.

      And praying the gay away…..gurl, lemme just quit cos nigerians will start arguement

  2. Lailatu

    January 27, 2017 at 11:20 am

    God forbid bad thing!

    • Agu

      January 27, 2017 at 11:56 am

      there is nothing bad about being gay. backward thinking and religious radicalism is why Nigeria is the way it’s today. Even Israel the most religious country in the world gay people live happily married to the same partner so is Rome Italy gay people live openly. it’s always Nigeria that that will take Christianity to the extreme.

    • Lailatu

      January 27, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      Oga Agu alias Bisi Alimi, we said we don’t want and we are not changing our minds . So when we legalize gay marriage our politicians will stop looting and we will turn to Italy and Israel abi? Arrant nonsense.

  3. lola

    January 27, 2017 at 11:40 am

    The same people criticising the movie are still the same people who watchs Ramsey Noah/Desmond Elliot when they kiss Genevieve and Omotola. Nigerians are hypocrite

    • Hola

      January 27, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      you got me confused here. What is your point?

  4. Agu

    January 27, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Great movie concept I don’t speak yoruba but I will watch if it have transportation. It’s time Nigeria need to know that gays are normal people the go through the same financial, social etc problem every other person goes through the only thing for us to do is to let them love who the want to love openly. It’s funny how how some nigerians abroad will publicly accept gay people in countries like where being gay is open and accepted like Israel, UK, USA, Canada, Australia etc but when the come back to Nigeria the turn homophobia and anti gay. Have you asked your self why is that ever Country that accept people to love whom ever the want tend to be rich and prosperous have everything from steady water, electricity, financial security but many countries who do the opposite simply in the name of religion tend to be poor and backward thinking as a country.

    • soooo

      January 27, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and loose his soul???

    • Bimbo

      January 27, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      Go away ! Which soul ? All the adulterers ,fornicators , legislooters , embezzlers of govt funds are doing okay without their souls !

    • Agu

      January 27, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      This qoutation was from a Bible that was written by a white man so don’t use it to judge something biological. The same people who thought you Christianity and turn you to a religious fanatic have you asked why the let gay people live freely and praise there God which ever way the can

  5. Tea-nisha

    January 27, 2017 at 11:59 am

    LMAOOOOOOOOOO. That clip on IG is hilarious. I’ll watch the film later. Nigerians get so pressed easily. I won’t forget my sister letting her kids watch a raunchy Ghanaian film sex scene with Yvonne Nelson yet being so extra at guys holding hands in a movie. We can be hypocritical at times.

  6. Esther

    January 27, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    But this clip is even boring…. I cant be angry sef….. Is that how to cuddle? The other man looks extremely disinterested sef

  7. Sonia Paloma

    January 27, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    hahahahahaha what the actual F*ck ? I can’t deal with this please
    What kind of mediocre movie is this?
    The writer, producers, actors, editors… in fact everyone involved in this movie need to have their brain examined

  8. keke driver

    January 27, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Thank you do2dtun… The number of hypocrites in Naija ehn… You think there’s anything as small sin and big sin??

    1. If you tell lies-YOU WILL GO TO THE SAME HELL AS A GAY MAN/WOMAN
    2. If you steal/Cheat-YOU WILL GO TO THE SAME HELL AS A GAY MAN/WOMAN
    3. If you fornicate: YOU WILL GO TO THE SAME HELL AS A GAY MAN/WOMAN………..etc

    STOP THE HATE GUYS!!!!!! You’re not better in ANY way than a gay man/woman.

    • Mz_Danielz

      January 27, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      If you fornicate you will go to hell and if you steal public funds, sleep with a child etc, you will still go to hell but we condemn the latter abi?
      Our society doesn’t want to accept homosexuality. It is not by force

    • #Proudnigerian

      January 27, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      Oga keke napep please come and be going.

    • Agu

      January 27, 2017 at 11:25 pm

      Then should stop complaining when there country Nigeria is not moving forward progressively.

  9. Patrick

    January 27, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    there is a movie like this in Nigeria?!! Hmm. Dollar is 500 Naira, inflation is over the roof, no light ….
    This is what we use to distract ourselves? God help us!

    • Idomagirl

      January 27, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      This is not the first Nigerian movie with same sex relations, there was a very controversial one with Muna Obiekwe, John Dumelo and Tonto.
      Also there are many movies with lesbian storylines, but Nigerian are typically more incensed about gay men.

  10. Nene

    January 27, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    This movie shouldn’t even be released. Homosexuality is a crime in nigeria

    • Ruby

      January 27, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      This is the reason everyone must go to school!! Did you watch the movie? Did you even read what’s up there? You saw a few seconds video and judged. If you don’t have data to watch you can at least read the article now! Ngwanu

  11. Idomagirl

    January 27, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Nigerians should watch the movie first before raining curses.
    I’m willing to bet good money that the 3 guys end up badly or face some sort of tragedy at the end.
    I don’t think they are promoting gay marriage.
    Watch it first.

  12. Itootalk

    January 27, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Loool! I understand why Bisi Alimi is mad. The acting was cringeworthy. And why is femi calling the other guy wife. *hot tears*… We need to do better!

  13. Enny Heart Heart

    January 27, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Gay people in Nigeria and a lot of African countries exist, accept it or not, they’re just living in fear or denial. It’s scientifically proven that gays are born that way ie, it’s not their fault what sex gender they’re attracted to. It’s just unfortunate that Nigerians haven’t accepted them for who they are yet.

    • bn

      January 27, 2017 at 8:05 pm

      you lied nobody is born gay

    • Agu

      January 27, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      People are born gay it’s biological there are heterosexual and Homosexual believe it or don’t the same people who thought you how to use Bible are telling you gay is normal people in there Country that are gay are living freely like everyone else.

  14. o

    January 27, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    I will watch the movie later, but I don’t get why there’s an argument. It’s just that, a movie. Most Nigerians watch Hollywood films and there are homosexual characters there. If the argument is about kids seeing this, then there’s still no argument. If as a parent, you allow your child watch this, then you have failed the child. I will watch the movie much later, when my daughter is in bed. The movie has age rating, so why the noise???

    • Watch the full movie first!

      January 27, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      The movie wasnt bad…silly storyline but the homosexual portrayal was really good acting. Ofcourse, not all homosexuals were portrayed just the usual flamboyant queen types like idris okuneye

    • Agu

      January 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      A kid seeing the movie does not mean anything if your gay your gay it’s that simple. Watching the movie will not turn you gay unless your not yet confident with your sexuality yet, being open minded will help.

    • o

      January 27, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      Yes but children shouldn’t be watching movies where guys are grinding on guys or even in babes. Not age appropriate.

  15. Zanele Zungu

    January 27, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    People are still gay bashing in 2017? First of all there is nothing wrong with “promoting ” gay marriage. There is nothing wrong with gay people in a movie and there’s nothing wrong with being gay period.
    The producers could’ve done more research and broaden their perspective on gay couples because this is just ignorant, I mean two gay men are just that…two gay men, there’s no desire for the other to be a woman.
    And for crying out loud YOU ?DON’T ?BECOME ?GAY ?FROM ?BEING ?EXPOSED TO ?THE ?GAY COMMUNITY????!!!!!
    Please stop bringing science into this and start talking about some chemical imbalance bull shit when science once said black people and especially Africans are inferior and possibly not human. White people used Darwinism to justify slavery, so please sit down. The Bible is no different, white people used that too.
    If you are going to use religion and the Bible to crucify and judge homosexuality, then you might as well take your black ass, sell yourself to highest white bidder and call him “master .”

  16. tunmi

    January 28, 2017 at 4:32 am

    Na the same poor and lazy acting, writing and directing abi? Okay, continue

  17. Anon

    January 28, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Lol at BISIs comment. Research ke in nollywood tinz looool. It’s not that serious BISI honestly. If you’ve taken time to watch nollywood you’ll see it’s just pantomime!

  18. Bahdguy

    January 28, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Hey yo! My comment was taken down. BN you could hv done some editing. My point is gays shd be left to associate freely so they don’t force themselves on innocent employees and teens

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