Ọya: Something Happened on the Way to West Africa!

Seyi Adebanjo
Country: Nigeria
Year: 2015
Running Time: 30 min.
Language: English and Yoruba with English subtitles


Ọya: Something Happened on the Way to West Africa! follows the journey of Oluseyi Adebanjo as a Queer Gender Non-Conforming Nigerian returning home to connect with Òrìṣà (African God/dess) tradition, and follow a trail back to the powerful legacy of their great grandmother, Chief Moloran Ìyá Ọl ya. This personal and political story vibrantly investigates the heritage of command, mythology, gender fluidity, womyn’s power and the hidden truth behind the power of indigenous Yorùbá spirituality. As they encounter obstacles of a national strike and anti-gay marriage legislation to find the roots of the practice, will they be able to find affirmation for themself as a person between genders/worlds and take on this inheritance? The documentary illuminates the lives of Òrìṣà Ọya (Warrior Goddess), Chief Moloran Ìyá Ọl ya and Seyi Adebanjo while interweaving Yorùbá mythology, poetry, performance, and expert interviews.

About the Director

Seyi Adebanjo

Biography: Seyi Adebanjo is a Queer gender-non-conforming Nigerian MFA artist.   Seyi is a media artist who raises awareness around social issues through digital video, multimedia photography and writings. Seyi’s work is the intersection of art, media, imagination, ritual and politics. Seyi has been an artist in resident with Allgo and is exhibiting at the Longwood Art Gallery and previously at the Skylight Gallery -Restoration Plaza Corporation, BAAD!, MCNY, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art & Waterloo Arts Gallery.  Seyi is currently a fellow with AIM at the Bronx Museum and has been a fellow with The Laundromat Project, Queer/Art/Mentorship, Maysles Institute, IFP and City Lore Documentary Institute.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Ọya: Something Happened on the Way to West Africa! (2016)

Ọya: Something Happened on the Way to West Africa! (2015)