The Nigerian film industry (Nollywood)
has a powerful platform but the majority of its films
barely scratch the surface. They do not get under the
surface of the social conscience of the nation. In addition
to this, as effective a model as Nollywood is (the 3rd
largest film industry in the world) there is a distinctive
lack of forward progress being made in the quality of
These 2 factors drove the heart of the AREA BOYS project.
This website is not just about the AREA BOYS film but
a snapshot visual experience of Nigeria.
We wanted to make a Nigerian film that would go against
the grain. That would dare ask questions. We also wanted
start a social discourse about the lack of opportunities
for the youth. We realised that to achieve this we could
not be limited by just the film. We had to look into
other ways of getting our message across. We also knew
that this would mean making sacrifices and taking risks.
But we believe the idea and the vision behind it is
worth it. This site and the elements in it will give
you exclusive insight into the steps we took to make
sure THE AREA BOYS PROJECT was as authentic a portrayal
of Nigeria as there is.