After release of movie featuring popular cross-dresser, Bobrisky, real name Idris Okuneye, the Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board has been under heat to ban the movie.
The writer and director of the movie titled “Bobrisky in Love”, Kensteve Anuka, is also not left out in the kitchen as he is being accused of propagating homosexuality in Nigeria.
In a chat with Punch, Kensteve revealed that although the movie is under scrutiny by a panel set up by the NFVCB, it is not under any ban. “There was no ban; a panel was set up to investigate if the movie promoted some things that were against our culture. If it is found to be true, then the movie would be banned. They need to watch the movie and see the message in the movie,” he said.
The director also took time to stress that the movie is not promoting perverse sexual behaviour and would be realised if the audience ignored the main actor and focused on the message portrayed in the movie.
He stated, “The movie is about a young man whose father is a core traditionalist. The young man left to study in the western world as a normal man, leaving his family members and fiancée behind. The father was to be given a traditional title, and part of the requirement of the title was to present his son who should take after him.
He had performed other rites and the last step was for the son to come back. He was very proud of his son and expecting him to come back bigger than he left, only for the supposed son to return as a woman. He was shocked. The character begged his family to accept him the way he is, but his family members insisted that they wouldn’t do that because it was against their culture. It was a battle in the movie.
The bottom line was that they tried everything to make him behave like a man again, traditionally. At the end of the movie, the character said he was only playing a game to test the love of his fiancée him. At the end of the day, he decided to put away everything that made him look like a woman to be with his fiancée. The movie didn’t try to promote homosexuality,” he said.