Nadine Ibrahim is a creative society conscious message, as we’ve seen in the past with short films like Tolu and Through Her Eyes. Her latest effort, I Am Not Corrupt, is no different, as she skilfully brings to bare all the dynamics involved in the political climate of our country.
In a moving and enlightening dramatic piece that mixes standard and pidgin English, we were treated through a honest stand-off between the political class and the masses as represented by a politician and an ordinary market woman. Starring Mofe Duncan (The Washerman) and Rita Edwards (The Lost Heir), we listen in on a conversation between a politician and a market merchant, who both take turns accusing the other for the Country’s problems.
Utilizing clever shots that juxtaposes the randy marketplace with the opulent and ordered executive office in close proximity, we are treated to a raw and moving argument that captured the essential spirit and thinking of both groups, as well as showing how they are both wrong. The spoken word is moving and rhythmic; the language varying richly between local slangy pidgin and serious, formal English. The emotions on display range from sarcastic mockery to vulnerable sadness, while the acting feels real and moving.
The Nigerian politician has long being the target of the anger of Nigerians who have longed seen him as the biggest culprit in the country’s failures. But here, the Nigerian politician makes a case for himself. He shifts the blame to the unwillingness of the citizens to contribute their own quota to the country’s development; their lack of appreciation for the good works he has done for them. He especially reserves criticism for the social media- induced criticism culture that fails to resolve itself into any meaningful action on the ground. He expressed fury at give-me-something syndrome of the average Nigerian voter and concludes with a roll call of his accolades, after-all he did build beautiful malls, gardens and parks for the cities.
But the market woman is not fazed. She lets him know that beautifying the city does not put food on the tables of the citizenry. She expressed sadness at the poorly equipped facilities in the country that continues to short-change, and in some cases. take the lives of her friends. She exposes the culpability of the politician in the vicious cycle that produces hungry electorates who take money in exchange for votes.
Given the worsening reality of our country — it was recently revealed that 98 million Nigerians are living in multidimensional poverty — films like this are essential for starting up a dialogue, so we can continue to hold those in power accountable for their actions.
Watch the video below.