Dark October: Nigerians React As Linda Ikeji Releases Movie Without Parent’s Consent


Nigerian blogger and entrepreneur, Linda Ikeji has come under fire for the production and release of the movie Dark October.

Recall that the parents of the four students of the University of Port Harcourt, who were killed by a mob in the Aluu Community in 2012, had asked the popular blogger and Netflix to suspend the planned premiere of their movie, Dark October.

The movie which was released on February 3, 2023 tells the story of the murder of the four students codenamed Aluu-4 in October 2012.

The family through a rights group, The Integrity Friends for Truth and Peace The initiative (TIFPI), said Linda Ikeji made the movie about their late children without consulting them.

It said that the movie has reawakened the already doused trauma caused by the tragic killing of their children.

Given that the movie was released, Linda Ikeji does not appear to have complied with their request.

On social media, the development has elicited a variety of responses. 

Some Twitter users shamed her, while others applauded her for highlighting the unfairness the boys endured.

@peekaymila said,"Linda Ikeji is a despicable human. She made a movie about the Aluu 4 victims without the consent of the parents. Went ahead to release the movie on @netflix, even after the parents expressed their dissatisfaction and opposed the idea. How could @netflix let this happen?”

@DanielRegha also tweeted, “Linda Ikeji making a movie about the Aluu 4 victims isn’t a problem, cos anyone can make a movie about people, living or dead; But since the affected families disapproved, Linda should’ve canceled the movie. She’s profiting from other people’s misfortune & that’s truly evil.

@rukevwejacobs also wrote,”The Aluu 4 story had to be told in film. Thanks, Linda Ikeji. True, this story may not be welcomed by the families concerned. But for the sake of them, for the sake of Deborah and many others, we need to remember. This film is the most useful film I have watched from Nigeria.”

@Lithmike said, “I think we should all give Linda ikeji a break out problem is that we play emotion too much in the country u see that Aluu 4 story if a Nigerian don’t tell it a white man will steal it and tell it the way it suits them and nothing will happen.

@OlujuwonBabs said,” How does this make Linda Ikeji despicable? Does the family own the right to a public story? Are we being emotional because it’s Linda or cos it involves money? It’s a public story and it can be told by anyone. 

Linda ikeji will never get my coins so I’ll never watch that movie. There’s no curiosity to be satisfied. I could barely watch the real thing. I do not want to relive that.” TheHabaneroChef tweeted.

@jeaneluc also wrote,  “The Aluu 4 murders will always be too much for me even to remember. That was the height of barbarism. Thinking about what happened is hard. Linda Ikeji doesn’t care about the memories of those boys, she’s just a bloody story thief desperate for success.”


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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