n Journal of African Films & Diaspora Studies - NGOs and the Nigerian screen : the film as a tool

Volume 2 Number 2
  • ISSN : 2516-2705
  • E-ISSN: 2516-2713



According to the Leverhulme project website, “NGOs as a sector have transcended the categorisations of left and right, progressive and reactionary, and have constructed networks of activism that reach from the face-to-face work of awareness raising groups, to major international lobbying organisations. Look to any major issue of the last sixty years, and NGOs will be there, mobilising supporters, shaping the terms of debate, and influencing policy outcomes.” The story of Stepping Stones Nigeria (SSN), a small UK-based, registered charity who has had a spectacular development and an unusual impact on the Nigerian film industry and child policies, is probably one of the best illustrations of that statement. The article highlights the difficulties associated with crow-cultural activism and the power of Nigerian cinema to denounce societal evils and contribute to children's welfare.

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