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B For Boy

Chika Anadu’s elegant realist drama questions Nigeria’s gender divide as middle-class Amaka resorts to desperate measures after a miscarriage.

B For Boy

  • Director-Screenwriter Chika Anadu
  • Producers Chika Anadu, Arie Esiri
  • With Uche Nwadili, Nonso Odogwu, Ngozi Amarikwa
  • Nigeria 2013
  • in Igbo with English subtitles
  • 114 mins
  • Production company No Blondes Productions

B for Boy is a simple but elegant debut feature set in contemporary Nigeria where the pressure is most often on the woman to conceive a male child. Amaka Okoli is a middle class, devoted wife and a mother to her 7-year-old daughter and who at nearly 40 is expecting her second child. An ultrasound at her local hospital she finds out that this time it’s a boy. A few days later she loses the baby. A permanent damage to her womb means she won’t have babies any more. Amaka says nothing about the stillbirth to anyone including her husband although she initially tried but failed to grab an opportunity to tell him. Instead she fakes being pregnant. In desperation she embarks on a journey into adopting a baby boy. A beautiful and truly believable realist drama with an outstanding performance from Uche Nwadili as Amaka.

Keith Shiri

Read the Time Out review.

Director biography

Chika Anadu was born in Nigeria in 1980 and attended school in Lagos before heading to the UK in 1997, where she gained her degree in Law and Criminology. She followed up her undergraduate studies with an MA in Africa: Human and Sustainable Development. She has made three short films: Epilogue (2009), AVA (2010) and The Marriage Factor (2013). Chika was one of five winners of the Focus Features Africa First programme in 2010. She took part in the Cinefondation (Cannes Film Festival) Residency programme in 2010/2011, where she worked on her first feature script for the LFF 2013-featured B For Boy.

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