So yesterday I watched ‘Citation’ finally, and to be honest I am not disappointed. Since the release of the movie, some people took to their social media pages stating what they liked and disliked about the movie, For most people, they disliked how Moremi spoke the Yoruba Language. They said her Yoruba language wasn’t fluent and some said she did not portray her character emotionally. Her French was lit though, even though I don’t understand french. I loved how they portrayed the African culture all through in terms of dressing, language, and Locations.
Movie Title: Citation
Director: kunle Afolayan
Screenwriter: Tunde Babalola
Release Date: November 6, 2020
Running Time: 151 Minutes
Country: Lagos, Nigeria
Starring: Temi Otedola, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Ini Edo, Joke Silva, Bukunmi Oluwashina, Adjetey Anyang, Gabriel Afolayan.
The Netflix original movie was shot in Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, Senegal, and Cape Verde. The movie incorporated different languages such as Wolof, Yoruba, French and English Language. The drama was able to depict sexual assault happening in school with little or no power left to the victim. Moremi (Temi Otedola) is a master’s student of Obafemi Awolowo University, being a bright student, her professor Lucien (Jimmy Jean-Louis) who had hidden motives took a profound interest in her. He mistook her academic relationship with him for a sexual one. All she wanted was to learn and excel at her own will, but the professor used that against her and assaulted her. Although her boyfriend warned her against the close relationship she had with the professor, her innocent self saw no harm in this. The case was brought before the university council, Lucien told lies and denied everything that happened. With the help of an organization called Ajike and some of her friends, she was able to prove her innocence and show the world the devil the professor was. Moremi also helped a man get justice for his dead daughter and grandson along the line.
The movie ended with Moremi giving a speech to the press encouraging other victims to speak up and shunning sexual immoralities everywhere. I would have loved it if the movie ended differently though, it would have been satisfying if the movie ended with a few more scenes showing what happened to the cast outside the university. First, a scene showing Lucien in the court being punished for his atrocities. Second, Moremi working with the United Nations after her master’s program while being married to Koyejo (Gabriel Afolayan). Kwesi (Adjetey Anyang) a successful man happily married. I am sure I’m not the only one that saw the scene where Gloria went out with Lucien and also testified wrongly against Moremi. What about a scene where Gloria dropped out of her master’s program with no job and friends, she deserved that. The university should also have a body that does a thorough check on new lecturers or professors that will be employed in the school.
The movie was shot to support and encourage victims of sexual harassment to speak up, the movie Citation portrayed what is happening in African universities and beyond, I have friends who have been harassed by lecturers and they don’t have power over it. The ‘sex for grades’ video that trended on the internet last year is an example of what students go through to get educated. Society keeps clamoring against sexual atrocities everywhere but yet there are cases almost every day. We have to continue to speak up and shun any form of sexual harassment and we hope when we speak up, our voices will be heard.