Magazine article New Internationalist

The Supreme Price

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Supreme Price

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The Supreme Price (75 minutes) directed by Joanna Lipper

Is Nigeria inescapably corrupt, violent and undemocratic? Joanna Lipper's doc challenges cynicism by showing that, simmering under, there's a committed women-led movement to overturn the old ways of vote-rigging, coups, theftof oil revenues, political violence and executions.

Lipper focuses on Hafsat Abiola, founder of KIND, the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy, named after her assassinated mother, Kudirat. Murdered in a Lagos demonstration three years after the imprisonment of her husband, Moshood Abiola, winner of the 1993 elections, she had led strikes and marches in a campaign for democracy and for his release. The film makes superb use of news footage, outlining the story of military rule and misappropriated wealth, and, while the oil flows, British and US government indifference.

Within a few weeks of the death of head of state General Abacha in 1998, Moshood Abiola also dies in mysterious circumstances. In the following year, the former military ruler Olusegun Obasanjo again becomes head of state - after elections widely condemned as 'unfree and unfair'. …

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