COVID-19’s IMPACT OR A SICK PEOPLE? COMMENTARY ON THE RISING CASES OF RAPE AND INCESTS IN NIGERIA THROUGH THE LENS OF THE NIGERIAN VIDEO FILM

Umukoro, M. Oghenevize PhD and Ozobeme, Cecil PhD
Keywords: Covid-19, incest, rape, posttraumatic stress disorders, movie
Journal of Inter-Disciplinary Studies on Contemporary Issues 2020 6(1), 1-8. Published: March 10, 2023


Abstract

The novel corona virus (Covid-19), which broke out in the Wuhan region of China in December, 2019 engulfed the entire world in unprecedented zest. More than any natural or man-induced disasters in recent global history, the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world with a sledge hammer, affecting not only lives, but economic and social institutions in unfathomable proportion. One common strategy adopted in most parts of the globe in curbing the spread of the disease is total lockdown, a system that shuts people indoors with minimal social and economic interactions. Regrettably, the lockdown witnessed a rise in domestic violence, especially incestuous rape. Using the analytical method by examining this thematic thrust through the lens of select Nigerian video films, this paper takes a critical look at this trend and its post traumatic stress disorders in its wake.