Introduction

Awani is a documentary that serves as a timeline that examines the evolution of the role of Nigerian women, starting from pre-colonial Nigeria to the present day. The documentary uses a blend of archival footage and expert commentary to make the case that the role women play is not due to any one individual or specific time period but a mixture of economic incidences and colonialism that shape political and social attitudes towards women. Awani is a thought provoking documentary that aims to simply answer the question, how did we get here?

Awani was written, produced and directed by Aderonke Adeola.

Awani received a grant from The Ford Foundation.

Awani had a bicoastal premiere in Nigeria at the Ake festival and the United States of America at the Yale Africa Film Festival on October 26-28th.

Since then Awani has been screened at over 15 film festivals around the world as well as won an Award of Merit from the Impact documentary Awards. It won a UNESCO prize from the Belgium UNESCO commission.

In Summary

Awani has been to over 10 countries around the world

Trailer has been seen by over 30,000 people. 10,000 people have seen Awani and there are still additional festivals to take place before the end of the year.

Synopsis

Since the kidnapping of the 269 Chibok girls in 2012, Nigeria has been subject to scrutiny of how young girls and the rights of women are protected. Awani is a documentary that serves as a timeline that examines the evolution of the role of Nigerian women, starting from pre-colonial Nigeria to the present day. The documentary uses a blend of archival footage and expert commentary to make the case that the role women play is not due to any one individual or specific time period but a mixture of economic incidences and colonialism that shape political and social attitudes towards women. Awani is a thought provoking documentary that aims to simply answer the question, how did we get here?

Future of Awani

Awani Shorts an online series of impactful outtakes from the film that deliver Awani’s story and message in bite size pieces

Distribution

We are in the process of talking to commercial and academic distributors in buying Awani in the US to continue to screen Awani to Universities.
Awani will be distributed in Belgium and screened on Belgium national television.