Jide Bisayo in ‘Valid Resident Wife’
By Ransome Mgbeahuru
Marriage in exchange for residency papers or visas is a booming business around the globe. However, there are times when the unsuspecting spouse is duped by fake love and taken for a financial and emotional ride.
It is no long new to many who seek green pasture abroad. There are Nigerian men who marry women just to get visas and immigration papers.
The movie ‘The Marriage’ is a flection of Nigerians in diaspora, vulnerable white women, the most sought-after ‘visa’ for African men. Its also depicts the costs of human migration for economic reasons, typified by the unrelenting yearnings of African for greener pastures, defying deaths through the dangerous crossing of Libya desert to the Mediterranean.
A desperate young Nigerian student who in his efforts to stay in the proverbial land of “milk and honey” contracted the usual bogus marriage with a lady he thought was a resident through whose marriage he will also secure his permanent residential visa. Unfortunately for him his so called “Valid Resident Wife, VRW an East European national was herself a victim of forced immigration having been originally trafficked to that same land of “milk and honey” London for prostitution! And to further muddle up the already polluted water, the young Nigerian was already married to a loving wife back home in Nigeria!
In their bid to convince the Immigration authorities of the validity of their marriage, the couple originally fake love of togetherness by living together, but in the course of time their fake love turned into the real McCoy and it is precisely at that point that their pasts race forward to catch up with them.
According to the Director of the movies, he said ‘’ It is basically about Nigerians in diaspora and survival, some of the challenges they face in their marriages in abroad just to get green card. It’s very obvious that most Nigerians in abroad don’t have papers. You discover they are in abroad and their wife is in Nigeria.
“The film also dealt with the face that our Nigerian men tend to get papers by getting married to a foreigner. It’s very pitiable and obnoxious to our country. It also comes with a lot of challenges as well. It also looks at the point of submissive nature of the man, which means you must be obedient and loyal to her or else you find yourself back home. Because they don’t want to be deported, they tolerate so many things from their white wife.
“Or some, vulnerability is the name of the game and often the bait needed to hook their prey, and vulnerable white women have become the most sought-after visa for African men.” The producer said.
He continued, “It seems nothing will stop some of us from getting that Green Card or visa. What’s love when you have the chance to leave Nigeria and reside in Europe or America? In America, some male African-Americans get married to white women because it is a status symbol. For Nigerian men, it is just another way to make it to the promise land.”
Bisayo said the movie has gone some festival and it has won some recognitions in Toronto Hollywood international festival, best film Africa in diaspora, silver at European festival and accolades films award based in the United state and among others.
The shoot was done in 2018 and it was released 2019.
Cast featured in the movie include: Carmen Silva, Lanre Akuta, Lago Awolo, Jolly Jones, Manny Omoregie, Ayo Roach, Agwenga Mcmillian, Eugen Mantaluta, Dina Rim and Ken Smart. Special quest appearance Yemi Shodimu.