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My Video scholarship 2010 entry

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Inspiration for the subject matter came from a newspaper article featuring a young man who could lift over 50kg of metal with his teeth. Such a feat, even for my country Nigeria, was news worthy. A visit to his residence, a one-room apartment in a ghetto in the Idi-araba area of Lagos, turned out to be an odyssey.

 

The ghetto dress, dance and mannerisms, all products of survival exigencies, had crept up on society and ghetto culture had taken up the toga of credibility. In an ironic twist of social justice the elite who create and define social class, now struggle to achieve legitimacy by aping the “slumdog”, a product of their social snobbery. The ghetto’s triumph over elitism hit me like a bolt out of the blues!

 

To produce this documentary, I toured Idi-araba, made a list of interviewees both in and outside the ghetto. I developed the script, did a storyboard, a location rekee, before finally shooting.

 

My challenges included aggression from some ghetto characters and inavailability of some key characters at necessary times.

 

My ambition as a documentary maker is to tell a story, depicting a unique perspective to a seemingly common or ordinary experience or occurrence.

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