Both Emotional Crack and The Secret Lives of the Four Wives have similarities to each other that are hard to miss. First and foremost, each gives off the feel of being a soap opera. Each are filled with relationship drama, although Emotional Crack has the ability to add dramatic music to add to its overall tone. While the wives are plotting against Bolanle, Crystal is being stalked and nearly killed by Camilla. Further, the similarities between specific characters such as Camilla and Crystal to Iya Segi should be noted as well. Camilla is seen as taking on male characteristics and the male role in her relationship with Crystal. Crystal, on the other hand, is going out and attempting to get a job at an accounting firm. Each of these three characters steer the lesbian aspect of each work.

In the articles we read it was mentioned that the “taboo” lesbian woman were seen as thriving to be financially independent and taking on typically male roles. These three women fit that stereotypical view almost perfectly. While Crystal is a more sympathetic character in that she wants a job to establish an identity in order to get away from an abusive husband, Iya Segi and Camilla are seen as manipulative, controlling, and hungry for power. The articles were merely focused on Nollywood itself, but it’s interesting to see how these themes could be presented in modern literature as well. Would authors be as in denial about their homosexual themes as the directors and censors are?

However, Emotional Crack did the opposite of The Secret Lives of the Four Wives with regard to traditionalism vs. modernism. Crystal’s mother and twin sister plead with her to get away from Chudi. Crystal’s misfortunes come from leaving her family home and marrying into a modern household. Bolanle moved away from modernism and reverted back to traditionalism. Within Shoneyin’s narrative, however, Iya Segi’s lesbianism is kept quiet amongst the main conflicts of the novel. The lesbianism exposed in Emotional Crack is tantamount to the plot of the movie and in showing the sensationalized Nollywood homosexuality Nigerian culture eats up.

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I'm an alumna of American University, where I received my B.A. in Literature.

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