With all the social media talk about WOMAN POWER and GENDER EQUALITY, there really isn’t much change in how women get by in various walks of life and Episode 7 of MTV Shuga puts in a lot of energy in telling the painful stories of unheard women.
Episode 7 of MTV Shuga is pretty emotional so you’d understand why it is difficult to really critique it.
Directed by Tosin Oshin, the episode opens to the promises of a brighter future for young mom; Hadiza as she joyfully bids her mother goodbye and sets out to her national debate competition.
Going forward, Frances is finally back to school but news of her hard luck at the Diana advised party is now the talk of the school.
For Ebisinde, the tough talk about his sister’s relationship with Record label owners; Tobi and Bada is beginning to affect his street credibility. The episode ends with him considering taking his petty crime a notch higher.
You probably guessed from Episode 5 that it wouldn’t be a complete victory for Faa. You guessed right as her concert with Akins comes at the price of sexual violence as she gets raped by Dada. For Hadiza, her victory is dulled by coming face to face with her greatest fear; her father and someone we can comfortably assume is her husband.
The episode climaxes at different points then leaves the bitter taste of tragedy in its wake.
Kudos to Nkiru Njoku ( she wrote this episode) who fantastically creates painfully educative scenes.
There is no question that women despite their backgrounds make decisions that put them at risk most times unknowingly. The unknowing part is the focus of some of the principle female characters of Episode 7. From Frances ( Ruby Akubueze) to Faa and Hadiza, we see the tough truth of women living in real worlds and making tough decisions.
Frances just wants to meet a great guy but gets more than she bargains for. Faa just wants to cater for her family and have a decent career but gets more than she bargains for.
Hadiza wants academic excellence and not be saddled with marital responsibilities too huge for her. She takes a leap but is drawn back to reality.
The only female who asserts her dominance is Leila. Although I can’t but feel she is being manipulated by Tobi.
Something about the story left some obvious questions say for instance how it became school news that Frances was raped at the party. We (audience) weren’t given any hint about who spread the rumor. Another is the unidentified male who accompanies Hadiza’s father- husband or brother?
However, the scenes of Episode 7 are beautifully coordinated. Each scene flows into the other quite seamlessly. The scenes are short and address the subject matter promptly.
Audio business… A lot can be done to improve the audio quality of our productions. MTV Shuga’s Episode 7 suffered some audio set backs.