The controversial movie by Yomi Fabiyi “Oko Iyabo” has sparked reactions from Iyabo Ojo and several movie lovers and critics.
The movie portrays the sexual molestation scandal involving a fellow colleague in the movie industry, Baba Ijesha.
The title, characters and subject matter of the movie directly portray the issue with the characters bearing the real name of the actors involved in the issue.
The title on the literal and literary interpretation suggests the rift between the producer and Iyabo Ojo.
In reaction to the movie, Iyabo called on the elders in the Yoruba movie industry to swing into action as they have done to her and Nkechi Blessing.
She said the movie ‘ridicules the girl child.”
“The events of the past few weeks involving one of our colleagues before the Court has drawn lots of reactions from different quarters, however, it is necessary we exercise patience, so we don’t fall into the danger of intruding into the sacred issues already instituted.
“Yet, civility demands all parties, both those directly involved and other interested parties hesitate from being too emotional or biased about the plague of child molestation ravaging our society.
“Therefore, as a victim of sexual violence and stakeholder in film industry, we are oblige to jealously guard our actions and activities not to jeopardise the very cherished societal values we hold dear to our hearts.
“It is no longer news that Yomi Fabiyi just released a movie, titled, “oko iyabo” that portrayed a young girl with the mischievous career goal to be a prostitute. I’m honestly waiting for our elders in the industry to grant another press conference and address the sad issue in a movie that promotes abuse and ridicules a girl child, being a gross violation of the fundamental human right to dignity and more so, against the child rights law of Lagos state.
“This is even against the court ruling that individuals should refrain from commenting or doing anything that would undermine the powers of the court or unduly influence the proceedings in court. It is tragic to see a movie teaching our children that it is right to have a relationship with an adult.
“The President of Tampan @mrlatin1510 our elders @princejidekosoko @adebayo.salam should swing into action and caution the producer and all persons involved in this film. Ironically, Yomi calls himself a friend and junior colleague to baba ijesha yet at every slightest opportunity, you are using his situation to your advantage, to project your fame.
“You call yourself a human right activist but yet you have subjected a minor girl to more ridicule and abuse.
“Take note, an army of biased adults and myopic persons can never silence my voice.
“The narration of the dastardly act cannot be misinterpreted. No adult should be allowed to intimidate or deprive that 14years old girl from getting justice.
“The wheel of justice grinds slowly but justice shall be served.”