Ìfé means “love” in the Yoruba language. It’s also the title of an upcoming film about two Nigerian women, Adaora (Cindy Amadi) and the titular character (Uzoamaka Aniunoh), who fall in love over the course of a three-day date. The movie was written and directed by first-timer Uyaiedu Ikpe-Etim and is being released in collaboration with the Equality Hub, a nonprofit organization “dedicated to amplifying the voices of lesbian, bisexual and queer women in Nigeria through visual storytelling,” according to the film’s website.
Though Nigeria’s film industry, Nollywood, is incredibly prolific, Ìfé will be Nigeria’s first-ever lesbian feature film.
The movie’s 86-second movie trailer clip showcases a story that will be immediately familiar to LGBTQ+ viewers. The leads discuss the process of coming out to their parents, and as the couple lays together in bed, Ìfé says that her mother asked her “so many questions.” “She wanted to know what that meant, if I would have kids and all,” she recalls. “At the end of each day, she’d tell me how much she loved me.
Although an official release date has not been announced, updates are likely to be posted on the film’s Instagram and its official website.
Watch the trailer below: