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Citation; A Nostalgia of my Foul Share of Sexual Assault and more…

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At some point in life, some things will happen to you that you may never be able to say to anyone. For everyday that passes, you keep heaping the grave you buried it with more sand, hoping to kill it finally but it still hurts. What even hurts more is not being able to talk to anyone and if ever you tried you start your conversation with “There’s a friend of mine who…”

Watching the latest direct by Kunle Afolayan, ‘Citation’, I’m being hunted by my own experience all over, an experience I’ve had locked in my closet, hoping never to open it up but the movie became a trigger.

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Before delving into my experience, first I must give deserving accolades to the brains behind “Citation”, from the director; Kunle Afoloyan, the writer, Tunde Babalola, and to all the crew and casts for delivering their roles perfectly, especially the lead the act, Temi Otedola who plays the role of Moremi. Her performance was beyond the average for a debut role. She nailed it. Her fluent French-speaking was extraordinary too, made me want to go back to my French learning class…of course I will and this time take it more seriously. “Citation” also excels at portraying a good representation of Africa’s culture, from the littlest detail like costumes, to the locations and soundtracks.

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Since its release, many like myself have argued that the storyline is predictable and is not as mind-blowing as the hype presented it but however, it doesn’t invalidate it’s strong message. Does preaching against sexual assault every day dilute the intent? Some messages have to be preached recurrently no matter how predictable it might seem. Citation’s storyline goes beyond the screens. These things happen! It is real! There have been victims and still will be like Moremi who becomes a target prey for the likes of Professor Lucien N’Dyare (Jimmy Jean-Louis) in the movie.

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MY STORY

Heard some opinionated people say “ohh but Moremi seemed like she was making some advancement too by getting close and helping her professor”. Hmmmmm…on reminiscing my university experience, I don’t know how I escaped from the sexual thirsty claws of my H.O.D and one other lecturer.

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Like Moremi, I was smart and intelligent and didn’t need to sort any lecturer to pass a course. I wasn’t loud in neither actions nor dress sense, very reserved to a fault still my H.O.D took a strange likeness in me. Before then, I remember vividly how our eyes met frequently at a departmental excursion while he was giving a speech. I thought it was only normal, I mean I wouldn’t have been the only one who caught his gaze at the time right? But this nigga summoned me afterward and started with some bullshit talk asking me if I liked him. I was dumbfounded, like how? Like an old man…yuck! Some deliberate laughs saved me that day but I had no idea it marked the genesis of problems for me in the department.

I was scared, I didn’t even know who to tell when he recurrently called me to his office, tormented me with phone calls, and even invited me to his hotel more than once. On one occasion it was a forceful atmosphere. I struggled with this old man; I cried and pleaded with him that I was a virgin. He overpowered me and slid his hands into my vagina forcefully. I was terrified and managed to let go of his grasp. Quickly dashed into the bathroom and locked myself, shivering & praying to God to save me. He made me swear on any of my late family’s names that I was a virgin. He’s one of those who attach some fetish belief to virginity, believes it’s sacred, and shouldn’t be taken forcefully. Without mincing words, I swore with my late grandmothers’ before he let me be and then promised to take good care of me in the department. Well, to hell with your smelling care sir! I avoided him like he owned a contagious disease.

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I had another encounter with an idiotic lecturer who out of spite failed me twice for his courses in a semester. I was pissed, I cried, and out of anger went to confront him in his office and all he could say was ”Ahhh how can you of all people fail this course? I told you to come and see me didn’t I?”

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FOOD FOR REASONING

“Citation” is an insightful film, it is as real as real life. I found none of the scenes exaggerated. Unlike me who couldn’t speak up, I commend Moremi for having the courage to take the matter up to the disciplinary committee of the school. Imagine throwing stones at a dog everyone saw as harmless? Everyone perceived Professor Lucien N’Dyare as a man of good character, calm, and profoundly knowledgeable in his field, and then boom! Moremi flips the script.

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Who should they believe? Of course the professor! Little wonder the majority of her coursemate testified in favor of the Professor.

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In my case you might wonder, why did I visit him in the hotel? Couldn’t I have gone with a friend? Well, if you understand the weight at which some men in power can be oppressing to many then if you were in my shoes you’ll appear at the hotel gate before you hear ‘jack’. I didn’t want to fail, the man was so vile. Vile enough he knew how to clean traces before they’re imprinted. He made sure I switched off my phones on entry and had me submit them to him to avoid foul play.

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You might also wonder why Moremi was still cordial after the professors first attempt to kiss her huh? And even after the assault… well, you might never know the right way to behave except walking the exact shoes you condemn. What could she have done? Scream ‘Bloody Rapist’ whenever she sees him? Drop out of school?

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I hope “Citation” creates the needed awareness for higher institutions to have a functional, accountable, and transparent disciplinary committee. I hope after watching, young girls and boys who have been harassed by their teachers and persons in authority can find their voice.

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Have you ever been harassed by a lecturer or person in authority? Have you ever been denied good grades, placement, or promotion because you refused to surrender your body? I’ll appreciate it if you share your experience in the comment section, especially how you dealt with it. Also, If you have watched “Citation”, would you have done anything different from Moremi? What are your reservations/lessons from the movie? Shall we…👇👇

 

 

 

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Anonymous
Anonymous
8 days ago

I’ve been bored since I woke up and got a notification for this post. I haven’t watched Citation before but the headline caught my attention. I was raped at the age of 19 by someone I thought was just like a father to me. He was someone I looked up to as we shared the same field ‘mass communication’, I wanted to be a journalist like him. After promising me placement to intern as his PA, he raped me during one of the field trips we went to cover. Everyday I feel hurt looking at him. He still acts like… Read more »

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8 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Wow! Just wow! I don’t even know what to say or trust myself to say the right thing😖. But one thing is sure, I cannot blame you. I have sometimes been in situations where I play the fool too no matter how hurt I am. Maybe for your sanity and pride, you just have to let go of whatever is binding you both. You have to! You deserve better. Even though he gives you the best job position now, you still deserve better. Better enough to walk away if you cannot prosecute him. I swear mehn, only you can be… Read more »

Naomi
Naomi
8 days ago

This was a beautiful read, I have watched the movie before and couldn’t agree more with the review 🤗❤

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8 days ago
Reply to  Naomi

😄😄 thank you Naomi.

Dante onwe
Dante onwe
8 days ago

I watched the movie and for a debut she did well. I felt for Eazy the whole time 😜🤣 Thank God she did not have to kiss in that movie after all she is a billionaires daughter else she will not only have to fake a real kiss in the movie scene but might even have to kiss and sleep with a movie director to get that role she played. it is that bad. Sometimes it is hard being A man knowing that men are the highest perpetrators of this heinous crime yet it is not just men it is… Read more »

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8 days ago
Reply to  Dante onwe

😂😂😂😂 first let me laugh. You felt for Mr Eazi? Anyway if I were in his shoes I be rolling my eyes 🙄🙄🙄 intermittently at the Professor while watching 😂😂😂 I also wondered why there was no kiss or romance scene, then again it opened my eyes to a new perspective that a movie can be thrilling without romance or flirting roles. I have heard of most boys being molested by female maids. The truth is as you grow older you begin to see things in a different perspective. I hope that maid has turned a new leaf wherever she… Read more »

Dante onwe
Dante onwe
8 days ago

Wow very good one! my take home from you is that movies can be done without influencing the younger generation into sex or other travesties and and still make it captivating.

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8 days ago
Reply to  Dante onwe

Exactly!

Mazi
Mazi
8 days ago

My younger sister got pregnant for her lecturer. I am still broken, my whole family is broken. She said he loves her and to tell you what, the old cargo is a married man with three kids. I don’t want to go into details of all that went down but as I write to you, her medical course is being halted for a year until after delivery. Blessings.

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8 days ago
Reply to  Mazi

Wow! This cuts even deeper than I expected. Wow! He loves her really?! Reminds me of the series ‘Skinny Girl in Transit’, when Shalewa started dating a married man and was brainwashed to think he loves her.

I’m sorry about how you feel. Regardless I wish her a safe delivery 🙏

ART
ART
8 days ago

It’s easy to say, “If i were in her shoes, I would do this and that, say this or that…”, till you get caught in that scenario.
With stories and movies I heard and watched before university, I avoided lecturers like a plague; I only got close to my project supervisor, good thing it didn’t go south.
Look at the length the HOD had to go through, what for? Pleasures in the expense of someone probably old enough to be their daughter.

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8 days ago
Reply to  ART

I feel you mehn. Sometimes I wonder how it doesn’t irritate these old men… I wonder if they will mind if it were their daughters… I wonder how they got so wicked to pick on frail minds. Gosh!

Pretty Anon
Pretty Anon
7 days ago

Haven’t watched the movie yet but this is something I can relate to so well.
The annoying part is always when you tell someone what happened and they think they would have acted better if they were in your shoes.
Dear writer, thank you for being brave enough to tell your story, this was a nice review. I’m off to see the movie

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7 days ago
Reply to  Pretty Anon

Yaaaaaaahhhh thank you. Pls see the movie and let’s know what you think afterwards 😄

Cmkcouture
Cmkcouture
6 days ago

I’ve had a smiling experience, mine was after uni tho, I was awaiting my nysc then I thought to myself “why don’t you just apply for internships while you wait”. I mean it would be helpful career wise right? Building work experience, learning the practical aspect of what I studied nd all I managed to get in contact with an uncle of mine, he promised me a Job, I was so damn excited that I was going to get a Job, I was already prepaid for my new Job, I got my clothes ready nd all, mehn I was happy… Read more »

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6 days ago
Reply to  Cmkcouture

Gosh! If so called uncles are on this table then it could be anyone. Anyway good riddiance to bad rubbish! You deserve better girllll🎯

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