Stephanie Okereke Linus announces new movie project “When Women Were Counted”
Stephanie Okereke Linus finally decides to breathe life into the story that has been passed to us as Aba Women’s Protest or The Women’s War; this was an organized protest against the restriction of women’s roles in the government, in November 1929. The protests broke out when thousands of Igbo women from the Bende District, Umuahia, and other places in southeastern Nigeria traveled to the town of Oloko to protest against the Warrant Chiefs, whom they accused of restricting the role of women in the government.
Stephanie announced via her Instagram, telling the public that the project has been 6 years coming:
“Hey Amazonian and Warlords, When Women Were Counted- A film project by Stephanie Linus #upcomingproject. Working on this movie since 2018 has been a spiritual awakening of some sort for me and my team. It’s been six years, and I am glad to announce that we are ready! Working with some of the best minds (a historian and my writer) to put this together has been a very emotional journey.
There’s a lot to tell about the women of that era – our fore-mothers. The ones whose voices were not diminished, they did not hide under patriarchy, they were communal, brave, outspoken, unashamed – and they fought for what they believed in.
Sisterhood started in 1920s. A bond so strong even Europeans with guns acknowledged that women cannot be silenced. This is our story: When Women Were Counted.