Foremost Nollywood producer and director, Dickson Iroegbu is getting ready to release his latest movie called – ‘Law 58’, a movie about homosexuality in Nigeria and its consequences. The movie features Kanayo O Kanayo, Clarion Chukwurah, Halima Abubakar etc and will be released next month.


When asked why a movie about homosexuality, the producer replied:

“When I saw the National Assembly debate on Gay Marriage, I thought it was prophetic because at the time, I produced the movie, we hadn’t engaged ourselves constructively on how to address the issue of gay. We pretended then as if it didn’t exist in our society. Not knowing that it was gradually eating into the fabrics of the society”.

“So, one saw it at that time and set out to discuss it via the tube. I may sound very judgmental about it but I have no apologies whatsoever. Homosexual is an evil act that our culture and religion as Africans prohibits, and so, speaking against it as a film maker is to re-echo what my society has been saying about the ugly practice.”

“At the time, I was shooting the movie, most of my colleagues frowned at the project because it was rumour then that some of them were involved in the act. I thought it was time to take a stand, given the fact that I was once called a gay, just to discredit my personality.”

 

According to him, the movie  was produced between 2008 and 2009. When asked why it took him some time to release the movie, Iroegbu replied, “ It was as a result of some personal issues which I needed to address as well as  the the censors board’s refusal to certify the movie on the ground that it dwells on an issue that is not allowed in Nigeria.

The board also demanded that I should go back  and re-edit the film, which I did. It was supposed to be a two-part film, but they insisted that I must reduce it to a one-part film. At the moment, I have fulfilled all the  board’s requirements and I have  given a nod to release the film.”

 

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