Nollywood, no doubt, has witnessed a high turnout of quality movies in recent time. Yet not one has focused on plight of the average Nigerian child abandoned to his own fate on the streets, let alone tell his story.
Fortunately, this attitude is about to change with the anticipated arrival of a new movie titled, Street Kid, in a couple of weeks.
The movie, which has just been concluded and certainly will hit the cinemas soon, draws attention to the need to tackle child labour and ensure that every Nigerian child has access to education. It tells the story of an underage roadside hawker who was forced to drop out of school in order to sell on the street and how he helped a rich kid to win a national spelling competition in indigenous Nigerian languages.
The movie also helps to project the importance of events, such as the ‘Ooni of Ife National Schools Spelling Competition in Nigerian Indigenous Languages’ and to encourage the preservation of indigenous languages and cultures.
The cast of the movie cut across the English and Yoruba language genres, starring the excellent likes of Chioma Akpotha, Kalu Ikeagwu, Toyin Abraham, Jibola Dabo, Rachel Oniga, Patrick Doyle, Femi Durojaiye and others. The movie was directed by Tony Dudu and produced by Wale Muraina, with Dickson Edward as the Executive Producer.
Describing the concept of the movie as radical, Muraina says, “Street Kid is not your regular movie. This is obvious in the kind of story that we have chosen to tell. It was not about financial returns for us, but about bringing to the front page of discussion issues that pertains to child labour and access to basic education for the average Nigerian child.
“Education may be a fundamental human right of every child, but we have seen a consistent decline in the number of children in school in Nigeria. A certain report even indicated that the country has the largest population of out-of-school children in the world. This is sad and at the same time, discomforting. This is also why we believe that this movie will drive the necessary discussions we need to have in order to find lasting solutions to these problems.
“We are calling on everyone to come out as soon as the movie gets to the cinemas, see the movie and start a discussion from there. Let’s stop child labour and get every child into school”, he said.
Meanwhile, Street Kid has enjoyed support from the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi.