Ogundamisi’s film on Boko Haram debuts 1 October

Ogundamisi’s film on Boko Haram debuts 1 October

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 10:24 am


Kayode Ogundamisi

Kayode Ogundamisi

Nigeria’s renowned activist, blogger and social Commentator, Kayode Ogundamisi has Produced a Hard Hitting Documentary ‘Coping with The Boko Haram Insurgency’.

The film, a product of the activist’s risky three-day excursion to the frontline of the Boko Haram war, will be broadcast on 1 October.

“Coping With Boko Haram” is a two part Documentary filmed in Nigeria in the aftermath of the #BringBackOurGirls in Chibok.

Part one focuses on Maiduguri, a 30 minute drive from Sambisa, the stronghold of Boko Haram. It examines how the people are trying to survive and coping with the Boko Haram insurgency in the town. It looks at the contributions of volunteers from a variety of sectors including healthcare and education as well as NGO organizations that refuse to leave the supposedly dangerous areas. It also looks at how the people have been surviving, featuring discussions with members of public in markets in Maiduguri, and an opportunity to see places that have been targeted by Boko Haram terrorists.

Part one also shows the relic of the mosque which was founded by the late leader and Founder of Boko Haram Mohammed Yusuf, where he used to live, at the railway compound. He used to rally and address thousands of followers and people at the site which was the foundation of the Boko Haram movement. These areas are seen as unsafe and not accessible to journalists, even those chaperoned by the Nigerian Military, as local residents are still viewed as still being sympathetic to Boko Haram.

The Documentary explains the urban nature of the insurgency and the often misunderstood collaboration between military and the local/civilian Joint Task Force. The civilian JTF are volunteers who have organized themselves into vigilante groups to address the Boko Haram insecurity in Maiduguri and the Documentary will focus a bit on how they operate. Kayode also spoke with the Borno State Attorney General on the legitimacy of a vigilante militia in the state.

Part Two of the Documentary focuses entirely on the Internally Displaced Persons; their new lives as refugees, their living conditions, their experiences of being displaced, their suffering and how they have overcome the challenges. Part Two also includes interviews with volunteers working in the camps based in Maiduguri and Abuja, which are a reflection of other IDPs camps across Nigeria. It concludes with an exclusive interview with the Special Assistant on Media to the President of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Adesina.

“The Documentary succinctly describes and shows the resilience of people in the face of adversity, and also in some ways, how ordinary and regular the lives of those affected by the violence really are. Yet despite even with their “ordinary lives” the stories of survival are in fact extraordinary.”, said Ogundamisi in a statement released today.

The film will be broadcast exclusively on www.saharareporters.com Premium Times Nigeria, BEN TV SKY 182, www.pmnewsnigeria.com and www.thenewsnigeria.com.ng on the 1st October 2015.

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