I watched Jenifa (Parts 1 and 2) for the first time two days ago and I was surprised by the plot. I thought it was going to be a lighthearted film about a country bumpkin going to the big city and dealing with culture shock, only to land on her feet and even teach the so-called ‘city folk’ some good lessons.
Although there were many funny moments, especially in the first part of the movie as we watch Suliat transform into Jenifa, I didn’t see any of the darker undertones coming (and yes, I haven’t watched a lot of Nigerian movies). I’m trying not to spoil the movie in case there is anyone besides me who hasn’t seen it yet (doubtful).
I naively didn’t immediately get what these women were doing to attain “Bigs Girl” status. After watching the film, I asked a friend if things like what happened in the film actually happen on campuses and she said they do. I can’t even imagine it! I guess I’ll just thank God that I didn’t come into contact with such things and that a movie can still surprise me.
I watched an interview of 9ice on Funmy Iyanda’s show once, and he mentioned that one of the reasons he left school before completion was because he was trying to escape cultists, as they are apparently rampant on some campuses. I had that in mind when watching the ending of the first part of Jenifa, though to be honest I didn’t think cults on campus were really a big deal.
(Yeah, I guess I can be naive.)
All in all, I thought the movie was pretty well done, and I like the message at the end. Was anyone surprised by the way the movie unfolded? Did you or anyone you know have to deal with any of the same things the movie covered?