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The Supreme Price

On Friday 18 November 2016, the Rift Valley Forum and Human Rights Watch screened the film The Supreme Price, by Joanna Lipper, followed by a discussion.

The Supreme Price tells the story of Hafsat Abiola, daughter of the human rights heroine Kudirat Abiola, and Nigeria’s then-President-elect M.K.O. Abiola, who won a historic vote in 1993 that promised to end years of military dictatorship. Shortly after the election, his victory was annulled and he was arrested. While he was imprisoned, his wife took over leadership of the pro-democracy movement.

The Abiola family’s story unfolds against the backdrop of Nigeria’s evolution from independence in 1960. Through a series of military dictatorships to present day civilian rule, Hafsat Abiola continues to work to transform a corrupt governing culture into a democracy, capable of serving Nigeria’s most marginalized population: women.



Pauline Skaper
Rift Valley Institute


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