Magazine article Screen International

B for Boy

Magazine article Screen International

B for Boy

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Dir/scr: Chika Anadu. Nigeria, 2013. 114mins

A straightforward drama set amongst Nigeria's comfortable middle classes, B For Boy dramatises the plight of even the most privileged women in a traditional society desperate for male heirs. The story's Lagos milieu is an unusual setting, and the clearly loving husband-wife relationship at its core gives B For Boy a special resonance.

Director-writer-producer Chika Anadu seemingly plots the first half of B For Boy in order for it to pay off in the second, but fails to strike the right balance.

That being said, however, B For Boy is a no-frills, plot-laden drama which should perform best in selected, mostly socio-cultural, programming strands and events but will find the jump to art-house tricky despite some strong performances, particularly Nwadili in the lead.

She plays Amako, loving wife to Nonso (Odogwu) and already mother of a six-year-old girl. Amako is also a professional woman in her own right, heading up her own business. Amako and Nonso employ servants, live a comfortable life, and are sexually attracted to each other.

Approaching her 40th birthday as B For Boy commences, Amako is happily pregnant and, along with Nonso, refuses to get an ultrasound to discover whether she is carrying their longed-for son - or another girl.

When Nonso's mother arrives from the country with her pastor to pray for a boy, and it's clear she will stop at nothing to get a male heir. And after Nonso's younger brother suddenly dies, the pressure only intensifies. Amako caves in and goes for a secret ultrasound, happily discovering she is carrying a boy. …

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