Let Them Chop Cassava!

In Nigeria chop means to eat, it can also mean to eat with immoral or criminal greed.

Cassava is a root carbohydrate staple. Nigeria is the largest producer of cassava and the 6th largest oil producer in the world. 

On January 1st 2012 the Nigerian Government shocked its citizens by announcing a 117% rise in the price of fuel. As 70% of Nigerians live on less than $1 a day, for many the price hike was a serious threat to their very survival.

The government argued it could no longer afford a subsidy that kept the price of petrol artificially low, ministers admitted there was rampant corruption in the petroleum industry and claimed subsidy removal would thwart the activities of a shadowy "cabal" of oil marketers and politicians who profited from the status quo and over whom they were powerless.

Incensed that their notoriously profligate and highly paid leaders, (some four hundred senators and representatives earn substantially more than President Obama,) had done nothing to tackle corruption, Nigerians of all classes took to the streets demanding a reversal to the original 65 Naira per litre price.

As the protests developed, the profligacy, corruption and ethnic divisions that have blighted the country's development came into sharp focus.

 

 

 

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Chopcassava (Series Trailer)

Chopcassava is a web series that documented the January 2012 fuel subsidy protests in Lagos, Nigeria. The videos are an insiders' view of the events and were originally uploaded on YouTube as the protests unfolded. 

Produced by Funmi Iyanda and Chris Dada, the series was created by a team of young and courageous Nigerian media professionals and we are excited to have been nominated as best web series (Non- Fiction) at the 2012 Banff World Media Festival. 

http://www.banffmediafestival.com/entry-description.php?cid=133&eid=5498#content

The videos are presented blog-style, as they appeared originally - with the last entry first.

 

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Reader Comments (2)

I guess we all have to start somewhere and one voice can make a difference. It is said that we must be the change we want in the world.It is easy to talk it, it is hard to walk it, so when people begin to walk the talk then a revolution has begun.

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEliseo Elisha

It sad that in a great country of ours where God has blessed us with abundant miniral resources including fuel,subsidy on this said product to enable us buy at an affordable price is being remove to cause hardship to the less priviledge,God will intervein on this country's issue very soon.(www.fuoye.edu.ng)

November 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterUba Babs

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