Following the success of her film Okon Lagos, award-winning scriptwriter Uduak Oguamanam said twenty thousand DVD copies of her new two-hour flick Kokomma were released into the market on Friday. It is the second flick from the Universities of Ibadan and Leicester graduate who is trying her hands at film production after years as a notable scriptwriter. Much of her dexterity attracted a City People Best Scriptwriter Award last year, capping her abilities after she wrote screenplays for films that include A Piece of Flesh and Unfinished Business. Oguamanam who co-wrote Bursting Out, I’ll Take my Chances, Holding Hope and others said Kokomma, which will be marketed by Hosanna Stores in Akwa Ibom State, taps from a real life experience that never left her.
“When I served in an airline, the husband of a colleague’s friend got the 12-year-old house help pregnant and that story has stayed with me for a long time because they blamed the girl. So what I did in Kokomma was to tell the story of the house help from her point of view,” she explained. “I also addressed sexual harassment because I think it is ridiculous that people feel a 12-year-old can be harassing the man. Women are weaker if anything else.”
New faces from the Royal Arts Academy in Lagos will power a film that will not have a theatre run. Oguamanam disclosed that this will be left for her other film Okon Goes to School, a 90-minute sequel of Okon Lagos which won three ZAFAA awards last year.
“It (Okon Goes to School) will do the cinema run before going to DVD. He (Okon) is a hunter from Calabar who goes to Lagos. His master who was a lecturer helps him get into school and he comes out better. There is the usual girls, cultism and it will have its [cinema] run in December.”