By Benjamin Njoku
Model-turned-actor Makida Moka has said that her role in the newly released flick, “Code of Silence” has exposed her to the devastating emotions that victims of rape suffer.
Makida who plays the role of Adanma, the teenage university student who was raped by a respected political leader in her community said in chat with HVP that “Reading the script helped educate me on things I didn’t know about people who get raped and the things they go through… The role was a challenging and emotional one for me and I am grateful for the opportunity given to me to star in the movie.”
The half Nigerian, half Caribbean Communications graduate of North American University noted that members of the society must desist from stigmatising victims of rape, adding that “it would help society a lot if victims were supported to report cases of rape to the appropriate quarters.”
Adanma, who is the lead female in the film is a simple but focused girl whose carefree disposition soon pales into total darkness as she gets raped by a local politician who is possibly older than the her late father. The aftermath of the violence that this young medical student suffers on the victim, her family, people with whom she has relationships and the whole community is the core of the advocacy of Code of Silence.
In delivering the very cold missive for society to wake up from its sloppy response to the effect of sexual abuse on women, Code of Silence employs remarkable hilarity in the comedic interventions of the duo of Patience Ozokwor and Amechi Muonagor. The movie therefore gives the audience the opportunity to experience a pot-pourri of emotions with a denouement, which calls everyone- men, women, health care providers, community leaders, victims and their families to action.
The movie produced by Bola Aduwo and directed by Emem Isong also addresses family planning and the need for men and women to embrace it.