n AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society - Simple images, violent truths, rape and poverty in Chris Ihidero's

Volume 5, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 1998-4936
  • E-ISSN: 2075-6534


Sexual harassment generally, and rape specifically have become a universal menace which every society contends with in the 21st century. In Nigeria specifically, the motive for rape is spiritual as well as economic. As rapists who engage in this heinous, female de-humanising act for spiritual purposes have confessed, raping a virgin or an old woman could lead to sudden wealth. On the other hand, there are those within the family and society who lure young girls from poor homes with promises of money and other materials. This paper examines the rapist in the latter category as portrayed in Chris Ihidero's short film, Big Daddy, to reveal how poverty can be seen as a catalyst for rapists to perpetrate their act under familial disguise of rendering assistance as entrenched in the Yoruba culture. The paper also reveals the helplessness of rape victims within an ineffective legal system and a stigmatising culture. Finally, the paper submits that to correct the current anomaly where rape victimsare not only denied justice but also stigmatised, issues bothering on all forms of sexual assault, especially rape, should be brought to the public domain to deter rapists and defend the woman.

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