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"Isoken" "It was important to go outside my experience and tell a story that's Nigerian" - Jade Oseiburu

Jade Oseiburu talks choosing to tell a movie about an Edo family, and the pressure women face to get married before 30.

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"Isoken" Private Screening play Cast and Crew of the movie Isoken (Pulse)

The first official screening of Jade Osiberu's "Isoken" in Nigeria took place on Thursday, June 1, 2017, for the Press.

The event which held at Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island, was attended by Damilola Attoh, Jade Osiberu, Abimbola Craig, Patrick Doyle, Yinka Epega, Bolanle Olukanni, Ayoola, Dakore Akande among others.

play Jade Osiberu, director of "Isoken"

Speaking about the movie which follows the story of a successful Isoken who has to deal with the societal pressure that comes with being single at 34, Osiberu explained that while there's some of her personal experience in the movie, "Isoken" is a common story.

"Isoken" Private Screening play Cast and Crew of the movie Isoken (Pulse)


"Yes, there's some personal experience in it. But, the story is very common actually," said Osiberu.

"There are a number of women who are in their 30s or approaching their 30s that are not married and this is the sort of pressure that they face."

"It's not unique to me. I'm not the only one with the experience. I think especially when it seems like the other part of your life is balancing out and  you're doing well in your career - what's the next step? You need to get married and have children."

As Bolanle (Olukunni) has said, everybody's part is different. Be yourself. "

"Isoken" Private Screening play Ayo and Dakore Akande at Isoken private screening (Pulse)


She also spoke about why she chose to tell the story of a Benin family.

"I'm Yoruba, Jade Osiberu, but I have always been curious about the Edo culture. I have a friend from Edo, we have been friends since I was 19."

"And so when I decided to make this film, It was very important for me not to make a Yoruba film as well."

"I will like to be seen as a filmmake before anything else, I will like to tell stories of Africans in general, not even just Nigeria."

"So, it was important to go outside my own experience and tell a story that's Nigerian. I hope "Isoken" has done that."

"Isoken" Private Screening play Jadesola Osiberu and Dakore Akande at Isoken private screening (Pulse)


"Isoken" stars Patrick Doyle, Joseph Benjamin, Funke Akindele, Lydia Forson, Ayoola, Bolanle Olukanni, Marc Rhys, Abimbola Craig, Damilola Attoh, Tina Mba among others.

The movie opens in cinemas on June 16, 2017.

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