Check out all you need to know about Desmond Ovbiagele’s The Milkmaid movie – Nigeria’s official submission for the 93rd Oscars.

In rural sub-Saharan Africa, Aisha, a Fulani milkmaid, is searching for her younger sister, Zainab. Dire personal circumstances force her to approach the religious militants who were responsible for their separation in the first instance, but she is determined to find her despite the compromises she must make to do so. However, her quest to recapture her blithe past proves to be unexpectedly complicated in a world whose festering conflict provides several paths to becoming a victim with typically irreversible consequences.
The story juxtaposes the colour and elegance of rural Hausa/Fulani culture against a graphic and visceral portrayal of the harrowing ordeal of conflict victims and the personal and societal implications of the resulting psychological trauma. The film draws attention to the present plight of real-life victims of militant insurgency in Nigeria (internally displaced persons, IDPs), to generate support for their economic & psychological rehabilitation and social re-integration.

We also seek to contribute to the ongoing discourse on the threats posed by extremism.

Desmond Ovbiagele – Producer & Director
Jumafor Ajogwu – co-producer
Maxwell Mijinyawa – co-producer
Oluseun Sowemimo – executive producer
Yinka Edward – Cinematography
Pat Nebo – Production Design


Anthonieta Kalunta as Aisha
Maryam Booth as Zainab
Gambo Usman Kona as Dangana
Patience Okpala as Hauwa
Ibrahim Jammal as Haruna

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