According to UNICEF, Nigeria’s exponential growth in population over the last decade has put immense pressure on our already overstretched resources – with our education sector, in particular, suffering the most for it.
40% of Nigerian children aged 6-11 do not attend any primary school – with the Northern region recording the lowest school attendance rate, particularly for girls. It is estimated that about 4.7 million children of primary school age are still not in school.
These unfortunate statistics are what pushed filmmaker, dijiaderoGBA, to create the moving short film, To Be A Child Again.
To Be A Child Again is the filmmaker's second short film – following his powerful film about sexual assault, Victim – and it tells the story of an average Nigerian child that wants to go to school but due to his social class is unable to.
The film adopts a 'morning in the life' storytelling technique, wordlessly following two boys around the same age – one a prefect in his school and the other a bread seller – as they go about their vastly different days. It's a very moving seven minutes.
Watch To Be A Child Again below: