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This Short Film Is a Striking First-Gen Tale Told Through a Regal Nigerian Mother

In Adeyemi Michael's "Entitled," we learn about his mother's take on being a first-generation Nigerian as she rides through Peckham on horseback in style.

As a first-generation Nigerian, I would be remiss to admit that the immigrant stories we hear from our parents and our elders can be taken for granted. I find myself asking them to repeat their tales of migration—which, for some, began when they were younger than most of us were when we left home for the first time—just so I can be sure to stay true to my roots and pass their experiences on to the next generation.

Nigerian-British filmmaker Adeyemi Michael has done just that in his new short film, Entitled. We see his mother ride through Peckham—which is home to the largest Nigerian community in the UK—on horseback in regal, Yoruba attire.

The film premiered on Channel4's short film vertical, Random Acts, where the synopsis reads:

What does the immigrant fantasy feel like? Adeyemi Michael reimagines his mother's idea of moving from Nigeria to Peckham in Entitled, a short film about leaving your country of origin. Riding a horse dressed in traditional Yoruba ceremonial wear, Abosede Afolashade, a first generation immigrant, takes to the streets of Peckham.

Watch it in full below.

Entitled reminds us that the struggles first-generation immigrants have in finding comfort in their dual identities is a phenomenon that we're not too far removed from. If our elders were able to thrive not forgetting where they come from while embracing the environments that raised them, then we can thrive, if not more, too.

Photo: Alvin Ukpeh.

The Year Is 2020 & the Future of Nigeria Is the Youth

We discuss the strength in resolve of Nigeria's youth, their use of social media to speak up, and the young digital platforms circumventing the legacy media propaganda machine. We also get first-hand accounts from young creatives on being extorted by SARS and why they believe the protests are so important.

In the midst of a pandemic-rife 2020, the voices of African youth have gotten louder in demand for a better present and future. From structural reforms, women's rights, LGBTQ rights, and derelict states of public service, the youths have amplified their voices via the internet and social media, to cohesively express grievances that would hitherto have been quelled at a whisper.

Nigerian youth have used the internet and social media to create and sustain a loud voice for themselves. The expression of frustration and the calls for change may have started online, but it's having a profound effect on the lives of every Nigerian with each passing day. What started as the twitter hashtag #EndSARS has grown into a nationwide youth revolution led by the people.

Even after the government supposedly disbanded the SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) unit on the 10th of October, young Nigerians have not relented in their demands for better policing. The lack of trust for government promises has kept the youth protesting on the streets and online.

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