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Frustrated Nigerians Take to the Streets to Protest Motorcycle Ban

Hundreds of Nigerians living in Lagos have taken to the streets to protest against the recent motorcycle ban.

The Nigerian government recently introduced a ban on two- and three-wheeled motorcycles known as "okada" in the city of Lagos. According to them, the ban is meant to reduce road accidents as well as "chaos and disorderliness" Aljazeera reports.

However, just a week into the introduction of the ban, frustrated Nigerians in Lagos have taken to the streets to protest against the ban.


A popular and more cost-effective mode of transport, the ban on the commercial motorcycles has left Lagos in a state of greater traffic congestion in addition to longer queues for other forms of transportation among commuters.

One protester told Aljazeera that the people felt there was an alternative to the ban which has cost many their livelihoods. "This ban doesn't solve any of the problems attached to it. More people are suffering to get to work ... and school. And several thousand [of people] have just lost their livelihood." She added that, "There are so many things wrong with Lagos. The touts on the roads; the terrible state of the roads; those should be fixed first."

Kayode Adegbola, the founder, and lead advisor of Golborne Road Advisory shares his expertise on the matter saying, "The government has the power to issue such a restriction and considering what happened, the only thing that could have possibly prevented it, would have been increased engagement between the union of road transport workers, the ride-hailing platforms, and the government themselves."

Surprisingly, the Nigerian government allegedly reported that they were "not unaware that enforcing this directive may lead to some job losses" and added that the governor was set to announce measures to tackle the effects of the order, according to the BBC.

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South African Director Oliver Hermanus on Remaking a Classic

The award-winning director behind Skoonheid and Moffie tackles his first film set outside his home country -- a reworking of auteur Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru -- which is premiering at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

In Living, Oliver Hermanus’ latest film, Bill Nighy takes on the role Takashi Shimura earned a BAFTA nomination for playing in the 1952 classic, Ikiru. Except Nighy's not Mr Watanabe, he’s Mr Williams, a British version of Shimura’s workaholic who finds out he only has a short time left to live. Revered auteur Akira Kurosawa’s film made its premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1954, where it would go on to win him a special prize of the senate of Berlin, before garnering acclaim for many more years to come. So, too, is Hermanus' remaking of the story bowing at a film festival, and so far, it's also been earning the South African director high praise.

Born in Cape Town, Hermanus has steadily built his career on South African-centric stories. Whether it’s the portrait of a Mitchell’s Plain mother caught between poverty and violence in Shirley Adams or the experience of gay recruits conscripted into the army in Moffie, Hermanus’ films speak to various realms of South African life. Living is his first venture outside of South Africa – not just in storyline, but in cast and crew too. The screenplay is by Nobel and Booker Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of The Day) and Hermanus was brought on as director by the producers.

From debuting his first film Shirley Adams in 2009 in competition at the 62nd Locarno Film Festival, followed by Skoonheid (Beauty) at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, and The Endless River at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, where it was the first South African film to be invited to the main competition, to his fourth feature, Moffie at the 76th Venice Film Festival in 2019, Hermanus has cemented his reputation as a filmmaker to watch.

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