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'We Are Tired' Follows Peaceful Demonstrations Against Rising Rape Cases In Nigeria

This short documentary follows young people in Ibadan as they join nationwide demonstrations to demand action against an incessant record of horrific rape cases.

On the 27th May of this year, Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 22-year-old microbiology student at the University of Benin in Nigeria was gangraped and murdered in an empty church in Benin city. Widespread protests broke out across the country as this brutal crime opened up societal sores of the rampant and increasing cases of violence against women in the country, especially sexual violence and the state's apathy in ensuring justice is served. A few days later, 19 year old Barakat Bello a student of the Institute of Agriculture, Research and Training, Ibadan, was gang-raped and murdered in her home.

These and other gruesome injustices against women in Nigeria were the motivation behind a peaceful demonstration by youth in Ibadan demanding justice for the countless victims of rape and other acts of violence against women. Young filmmaker, Akinde Oluwatobi (Tobi), found out about the planned demonstrations on Twitter under the hashtag #WeAreTired and decided to film the protests.

In a conversation with OkayAfrica, Tobi discusses his short documentary, the larger context of this work and the importance of telling this story at this time.

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