Not a lot of people are familiar with the name Aïssa Maïga, especially if you’re only into the Hollywood scene. After all, Aïssa Maïga is a French actress and most of her movies are, well, French. She starred in a couple of indie films and her latest movie, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind has her playing the role of Agnes Kamkwamba. Her role is that of the mother of William Kamkwamba, the boy who saves his family and village by building a wind turbine to supply electricity to their famine-stricken land. Chiwetel Umeadi Ejiofor, aside from directing this film plays as her husband, Trywell Kamkwamba. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind will have its theatrical release nationwide on March 1, 2019.

Maiga in Sex, Okra, and Salted Butter


Aïssa Maïga has a long list of films that tackle different genres. This Senegalese born French actress has plenty of movies and documentaries under her wing and one that truly stands out is the comedy-drama film Sex, Okra, and Salted Butter. The movie is substantial and it tackles infidelity with humor and a more realistic outcome. It does not condone. However, it shows the audience the conclusion and fallout of a perfectly timed duplicity. It is kinky and it is an open demonstration of betrayal, homosexuality, and complicated relationships. Although the comedy is not as prominent as what you’d expect, the drama still weighs heavily in this film. Aïssa Maïga plays the role of the mysterious Amina, a woman with lots of secrets to keep. She plays the character that furthers the complication the family in the story is experiencing.

Sex, Okra, and Salted Butter may not be your typical dramedy but it is an entertaining one. Most of all, it is not predictable. It is a great movie that jumps on and grabs your undivided attention. Mahamat Saleh Haroun is the director of this 2008 film.