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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Funmi Iyanda


Funmi Iyanda is an award-winning producer, broadcaster, blogger and journalist. Funmi produced and hosted Nigeria’s most popular and authoritative television show, ‘New dawn with Funmi,’ which aired on the national network for over eight years.

She wrote, executive produced and presented the social documentary/discussion series, ‘Talk with Funmi.’ The BBC commissioned the series as ‘My Country Nigeria’ and the first episode ‘Lagos Stories’ was nominated for best documentary at the 2011, Monte Carlo Television Festival.

Her recent productions include ‘Port Harcourt Stories’ and chopcassava.com.

She is an African Leadership Institute Tutu Fellow, an Aspen Institute African Leadership Initiative Fellow and was honoured as a Young Global Leader (YGL) in 2011 by the World Economic Forum.

Chris Dada


Chris Dada is an award-winning director/producer.

Born and raised in Lagos, Chris studied Theatre Arts at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles and film and television at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design.

On graduation, he worked mainly in advertising directing commercials in the UK, US, Europe and Canada for agencies including Saatchi and Saatchi, M&C Saatchi, Mother, BBH and Publicis. His work includes brand campaigns for Sony Playstation, Airbus, Natwest, Guardian, Boots and Ikea. He won numerous awards, was named a Saatchi and Saatchi World Top 100 Director and nominated three times for a Cannes Lion – the “Oscars” of global television advertising.

In 2009, he returned to Nigeria to develop, direct and produce the ‘Talk with Funmi,’ and BBC commissioned ‘My Country Nigeria’ series. He produced and directed the Monte Carlo Television Festival nominated documentary, ‘Lagos Stories,’ ‘Port Harcourt Stories’ and the BANFF World Media nominated web series chopcassava.com through his and Ms Iyanda’s production company, Creation Television.