Achieving justice for sexual assault in Nigeria seems to require a supernatural intervention, as depicted in The Origin: Madam Koi-koi, a two-part Netflix series. While this summary may not fully capture the intricate nuances of the narrative, it aligns with the ongoing 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence, observed globally from November 25 to December 10,leadership reports.

The legend of Madam Koi-Koi, a spirit haunting federal government colleges, becomes the focal point of the series set between the Seventies and Nineties. Against a backdrop of a religious school grappling with external pressures, the storyline unfolds with Amanda, a new student, and a group of entitled boys involved in the gang rape of Ibukun. The Mother Superior, determined to maintain a facade of ignorance, conceals the crime. Amanda, haunted by dreams of Madam Koi-Koi, discovers the spirit’s tragic past—a violent gang rape and murder that went unpunished until she took matters into her own hands, banishing the perpetrators from the town.

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The series sheds light on the pervasive issue of sexual violence in Nigeria, where millions fall victim. Shocking statistics reveal the alarming prevalence of such crimes, with societal challenges contributing to underreporting. Social stigma, victim-blaming, and the reluctance to expose perpetrators in positions of authority compound the problem. The legal system further fails survivors, subjecting them to humiliation and protracted delays, with few cases resulting in convictions.

Addressing these challenges necessitates societal change, challenging norms that perpetuate victim-blaming and creating a supportive environment for survivors. The Madam Koi-Koi legend, if integrated into educational curricula, could serve as a catalyst for conversations about consent, defense, and the long-lasting impact of sexual abuse. By fostering awareness and preparedness, schools can contribute to a cultural shift, encouraging more Nigerians to actively pursue justice for survivors of Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV).


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