“Akachi,” movie against rape debuts in Nigeria

A movie that will help educate Nigerians on the evils and consequences of rape has debuted in Nigeria.

Titled “Akachi,” the film was premiered on Wednesday 20 June in Abuja.

“Akachi is a film about rape where children don’t get to speak on rape. They are sexually abused, either by their parents or relatives,” said one of the characters in the movie, Chukwuemeka Chiamaka at the event.

Founder, Dorothy Njemanze Foundation, Dorothy Njemanze said: “Storytelling, using film cannot be underestimated. People really do not find anything that has to do with women, children, and people with disability. They think we are trying to give them to question us.

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“The work I do is reorientation, using the entertainment media. The government has not responded well. But, we are hopeful that enough will be done.”

Meanwhile, Country Director, Marie Stopes International, Effiom Effiom, said government “has a vision to make sure that contraceptive prevalence rate in Nigeria goes up from 10 to 2017 by 2020.”

Speaking with Oak TV, Country Director, Ipas, Hauwa Shekarau, said sexual violence “has been on the rise on daily basis. We cannot afford to be quiet about this. We are asking people to speak up. We are asking people to report. We are also working closely with the police, training them on the need to take up such cases when they are being reported.”

Nigeria has high cases of rape of both children and female adults, while justice against culprits is often delayed. In many cases, victims are killed, maimed or caused lifetime injuries.

Victims are denied justice on many occasions, given a weak legal system against the act.

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