Ife: Director of lesbian movie describes Mum’s reaction to gay status

Ife: Director of lesbian movie describes Mum’s reaction to gay status

Uyaiedu Ikpe-Etim, the director of the recently released controversial same-sex movie, Ife, has revealed the moment she came oout to her mother as a lesbian.


She made this revelation on the social media platform, Twitter on Tuesday morning.


According to the movie director, she had to come out to her Catholic mother so she could be true to herself and her sexuality.


Equally important, Ife is a Nigerian LGBT romantic film produced in 2020. Ife was executive produced by prominent Nigerian LGBTQ rights activist, Pamela Adie and directed by Uyaiedu Ikpe-Etim.


The Nollywood cinematographer has stated in her revelation that she is unapologetic about coming out as a lesbian.


Read what she published;


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I (officially) came out to my (Catholic) mother. I watched her as her heart broke again, probably thinking, so the rumors are true.


This thing that you are will send me to an early grave, she said. Come, see where you should bury me when I die, she pointed.”


She continued;


My heart broke too. But I recognised this for what it was. The universal language of African parents – Emotional blackmail. I’m not an unholy thing, I said.


I am not a sin.


In spite of how hurt I am that you said that, I won’t accept it. No be me go kill you.”


On revealing her sexuality to her mother; the cinematographer stated that she felt relieved that she could come out of the closet and define her sexuality.


Further, she stated that her mother still refused to judge her despite her shock revelation.


Read what she said;


Immediately alarmed, she said – I would never call you a sin, you are my child. I love you.


You will always be my baby but – No buts. You say you love me, then love me.


She talk her own, I talk my own sef. Finally – so one day, you will bring home a wife? Yeah, most likely.



In conclusion, she wrote;



She heaved.


I heaved too.

Mine was of relief.

I am officially out to my mother.”


Read the thread below.


Equally important, Uyaiedu Ikpe-Etim is the director of the LGBT romantic movie, Ìfè.


Ìfé is a Nigerian LGBT romantic film produced in 2020.


The film is touted to be the first full fledged lesbian film in the history of Nollywood. It is also widely believed to be the first Nigerian LGBT film. Specifically, the film focuses on the lives of a same-sex women couple who face challenges of being lesbians in Nigeria.


Recall that former President Goodluck Jonathan signed the anti-gay law in January 2014.


Specifically, the law prohibits homosexual activities in Nigeria, which include gay marriages. Also, it prescribes a 14-year term for any gay person caught in the act of homosexuality.

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