The documentary film Fuelling Poverty examines the corruption and mismanagement of oil wealth in Nigeria, set against the backdrop of the January 2012 protests after the removal of the fuel subsidy. It is a story that brings to life the plight of everyday Nigerians, caught in up in the reckless policies of a government where corruption is the norm, rather than exception, and impunity reigns.
The film is a tribute to the many lives lost during the fuel subsidy demonstration and the many avoidable deaths in Nigeria that are the result of bad governance. Fuelling Poverty is a joint initiative between Open Society Initiative for West Africa and Ishaya Baku, a fearless social activist and a young Nigerian producer who is fast becoming a force in the film industry.
Following its nomination for the best documentary award in the Africa Movie Academy Award, the film will also be shown at 20th NY African Film Festival.
The screening will be followed by a Q and A with producer/director Ishaya Baku and executive producer and OSIWA Nigeria country officer Udo Ilo.