The Nollywood feature film "Hidden Hunger" is directed by Bond Emeruwa and stars Joseph Benjamin, Queen Nwokoye, Ebele Okaro, and Tony Akposeri. It is the story of a high-life city boy who is posted to a remote village that he detests at first, but where he comes to find meaning for his life and the love of a good woman.
Inspiration for the screenplay (by Amaechi Ossai and N.P. Akanni) was found in a USAID-funded project that organized women’s groups to which the project provided micro-financing and education about running small businesses and child nutrition. The results of the project were a dramatic increase in the women’s incomes and an even more dramatic increase in their children’s physical and mental development. But to achieve this success, the women had to fight traditional ideas about their own role in the family and about what was proper for children to eat.
Director Emeruwa felt that this conflict between old beliefs (like that giving meat to children would turn them into thieves) and new ways of doing things would provide a dramatic backdrop for the evolution of a goodtime boy into a responsible man. Throw in a monopolistic trader, a corrupt Chief, beatings, and a crowd of marching and very angry women, and you have a compelling drama that accurately reflects the turmoil of traditional and modern worlds colliding.
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