The movie baits the Nigerian government and society with an interesting story.
On watching the trailer of “Wives On Strike”' it's hard to get what the aim of the movie is exactly - a group of women who starve their husbands of sex in a bid to gain what? Director/producer Omoni Oboli creates a funny and comical movie full of wit, and a meaningful message targeted at Nigerian citizens.
“Wives On Strike” which was filmed two years ago should have no trouble finding an audience as the film adopts the use of Pidgin English which presents the dialogue of the actors in such a way everyone can understand it.
Baba Amina played by Udoka Oyeka decides to marry off his 13-year-old daughter to solve his family’s financial issues. One afternoon Mama Ngozi (Oboli), Madame 12:30 (Uche Jombo) and their friends device come up with a stirring strategy to help Mama Amina (Ufuoma McDermott) protect ‘their’ child. The movie adopts the theme of the ‘girl not bride’ campaign of 2013.
Julius Agwu and Kenneth Okonkwo who both play husbands to Madame 12:30 and Mama Ngozi are frustrated by the antics of their wives. The strike goes beyond their homes and their following in the community grows. This gets the attention of the wife of senator played by Chioma Akpotha who takes things to another level. Their interpretation of the lead characters most especially Okonkwo and Kenneth is guaranteed to get you laughing out loud. The dialogue between Okonkwo and Oboli is absolutely adorable. Watch out for Kehinde Bankole’s character, she’s subtly cheeky.
“Wives On Strike" uses humour to pass across clear messages. It gestures at taking action against underage marriages and the need for women to speak up more. The Child Rights Act which was passed in 2003 is explained in a way Nigerians from all walks of life can understand it. Oboli could have produced this film as a deep drama instead she adopts a comical view in which as you roar with laughter watching the “Wives On Strike”, a powerful message about child-brides and standing up for what is right sinks into your consciousness.
The movie premieres on April 8, 2016. Watch the movie trailer below: