Once upon a time, there was a country. Growing up in the West, the most dominant narrative of Nigeria had to do with poverty, sickness, corruption, greed and more poverty. Going home was like playing Russian roulette with your life because chances were, you would get malaria or typhoid or get robbed, or be harassed by police men or get in a deadly car crash or see dead bodies littering the streets, or be kidnapped…
There was another Nigeria, though, before we millennials were born. A place where university students received stipends from their local, state and federal governments, so that a good college education was absolutely free. A place with currency stronger than the US dollar. A place from which travel was easy because people actually wanted to live at home. What happened to this Nigeria? How did we go from a country with solid free primary education to a place where children are kidnapped from their schools with no resolution, no justice?
When MKO Abiola was arrested in 1993, Nigeria had already become the kind of country where injustice prevailed, where the government behaved like the mob, killing innocent people in broad daylight, and with impunity. Nollywood Diaspora Film Series is pleased to include Supreme Price in the line up of this year’s forum, a powerful film which tells the story of Nigeria’s first president elect and the legacy he left through his–now grown, activist–children. Join us for a screening and a Q&A with the filmmaker.
See the trailer here: