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Oris Aigbokhaevbolo: Sex is the Enemy in Okafor’s Law

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A scene in Okafor’s Law may be familiar to some viewers. Chuks (Blossom Chukwujekwu), a guy nicknamed Terminator for his way with women, stands by a window. Behind him, a lady he’s just had sex with asks, “What happens to us now?”
“Babe,” he says, “there’s no us.”

She leaves angrily. She is about to get married. With that scene, Omoni Oboli‘s follow-up to the ghastly Wives on Strike has made a point it will develop over the next hour: man emerges as conqueror in sexual affairs. Women are cursed with feelings.

The story follows Chuks Okafor who accepts a bet from two friends (played incapably by Ken Erics and passably by Gabriel Afolayan) that he can bed three girls he has had years before, while attending university. He accepts because he is a firm believer in Okafor’s Law – which dear reader, you must have heard about. If you haven’t, this is what it comes down to: “If you shag a woman you can shag her again.”

Of course, the Law (not theory, as we reminded over and over in the film) has always had undertones of misogyny, if only because it is silent on the reverse: It never tells if shagging a man means you can shag him again. Oboli, it seems from this film and Wives on Strike, has sex on her brain. She also has the prudish Nigerian sense of morality. To reconcile these contradictions, she uses humour as mediator.

The most apparent use of humour is in giving same name (Chuks) to all three friends; to tell them apart they have different nicknames. (It might also be a clever way of saying all three are different parts of one man.) The three girls (because, well, there must be some symmetry) are played by Oboli herself, Toyin Aimakhu, and Ufuoma McDermott. One is now a devout, another a high ranking professional, the last is a rich man’s wife. The film shows how Chuks the Terminator goes after all three and the aftermath of his quest.

If you assume a film, on an essentially sexist premise, made by a woman might feature criticism of said, law and lead to the women having the trump card, you will be wrong.

In fact, the most harm that comes to Terminator comes at the hands of another man. Even as the women here appear more empowered than the women of Wives on Strike, they still are women who take sex as means to an end. The earlier film had better behaviour from men as its end; this one has marriage and the promise of ever after. Women, according to these films, can never see sex as an end. It is too frivolous an activity or too serious an act. Sex is sin.

What passes for humour is once again the banal. There is a version of Zainab Balogun’s cultured caterer in The Wedding Party speaking Yoruba: Aimakhu does same here.

Also, the stereotypes pile: A rich man’s wife is unhappy; a successful woman needs love; a born again lady is merely waiting for the right dick. All of these may be true, but an artist should transform facts to something more.

Okafor’s Law gives the lessons but comes off as bland. Omoni Oboli, as a director, might have good intentions. So far she just doesn’t seem able to transform her righteous convictions into cinematic art.

Oris Aigbokhaevbolo is a critic and essayist. His writing on film, books and music appear in The Guardian UK and The Africa Report. He mentored critics at the Durban Film Festival and has attended critic academies in Germany and Holland.In 2015, Aigbokhaevbolo became the first ever winner of the Music/Entertainment Journalist of the Year award (AFRIMA). He tweets @catchoris.

12 Comments

  1. isaobi

    May 26, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    What’s the purpose of this review,months after the film had reached the cinemas. Oris should know better. He should spend his energy on new new film.

    • The Real Oma

      May 26, 2017 at 11:19 pm

      Better late than never. I haven’t seen it, not that I ever planned to…

    • bitumen

      May 27, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      Better late than never. I saw the movie and truly it was rubbish and poor. All hype but empty. Tbh, I think omoni should stick to strictly acting . And to think there was a fight on who owns such a rubbish script. Cinemas in Nigeria should start giving out refunds.

    • jay

      May 29, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Go and tell that to people revisiting Hemingway and Faulkner’s works half a century after their deaths.

  2. AKboy

    May 27, 2017 at 7:40 am

    What is so sexist about the film? Feminists and their confusion. Who doesn’t know that the oxytocin released by females after sex is like a bonding hormone( its the same hormone released during breastfeeding which bonds mother and child, especially male child as there is a bit of sexual intonation to it, the genesis of most mother-in-law and wife conflicts, that’s another topic for another day). The males release prolactin which is a hormone that makes the man assume a protector and provider dimension rather than a conqueror dimension. (Runs girls and smart wives known this, the most honest moments of a man is just before he cums and the best time to make your requests and have him oblige is just those few moments after sex). The worst is when the sexual bond assumes a spiritual dimension (called a soul tie, usually established when there was genuine feelings from both parties, their bodies didnt just get joined diring the sexual process, their souls got fused, even men are not left out here.) With this bond intact,Itsquite nearly easy to capitalize on that bond to have sex with that individual again.
    Women are more susceptible to this bond because women are more emotional beings, sex is more emotional for them than physical…but men on the other hand while the bond is still there attack it more from a physical perspective. Its nature’s design. Stop all this “victim” mentality nonsense these feminists always propound. Women always use the prospect for sexual intimacy to manipulate men into fulfilling thier whims (friendzone inc.), if gender roles were reversed what could be more sexist? The media has brainwashed the modern man into believing the validation of his whole existence is to be some spoilt lady’s knight in shining armour, he is told something is fundamentally wrong with him for being a male, the media portrays dads as being silly and incompetent in taking care of thier home under the guise of humour, check out the Simpson characters(wtf?)…the previous generations of men built empires, built societies, made inventions and were recognized for it. These days u can make a ground breaking invention and get 2 days of fame, sing 1 song about wooing a female and get 10 years of fame and recognition. If gender roles are reversed What could be more sexist? The western societies saw a rapid growth in finance, technology and the infrastructure when men were men prior to the 1950s not present day social networks which isn’t really helping out to be sincere… men honored women by waiting patiently till d wedding night to get the cookie…in fact to be marrier was a status symbol of having conquered a pretty damsel into being your wife…then feminization set in, to be married now as a man is like planning your own funeral, matriarchal divorce laws are ruining men, ladies slut around in their youthful Bloom and find a sucker to marry, have kids with, frustrate his life, his sex life, divorce him and ruin his finance in the name of child support…and then go on to be coogars if they are still pretty or find another victim. (Over 70% of american divorces are initiated by women ). Yet the feminists especially this 3rd generation ones won’t see their evil agenda. You guys should just sit down and stop being a nuisance. Always screaming blue murder in everything. I open doors for someone…not like I’m on date or anything she screams I’m sexist that she is a strong woman, what the hell? Like i dont open dorrs for my parents? 3rd wave feminism is to the family unit what ISIS is to the middle east.

    • Ese V

      May 27, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      I hope you feel better…

      PS: This is a blog; NOBODY has time to read this epistle.

    • Jay

      May 27, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      LMFAO @oxytocin being a “bonding hormone”. Never change, Nigerians. Never change

    • Razz N Bougie

      May 28, 2017 at 7:28 am

      I read Akboy’s “epistle” (gosh I hate the way Nigerians use this word!) and I must say that he made several valid points.

    • jay

      May 29, 2017 at 11:04 am

      Uncle, stop spewing falsehood.

  3. Bowl

    May 27, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Omini should quit directing and feature in other people’s movies. Her movies are bland and dry.

  4. Dara

    May 27, 2017 at 9:54 am

    I was not expecting anything good for Omoni! Am sure the writer was so upset after watching the movie…. Lol the sentiment was the same for a friend who watched it.

  5. Tosin

    May 28, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    I enjoyed reading this. Learned something new too, already forgot what ?
    No plan to watch but yaay keep going Nollywood.

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