Private Project

Gidi High Life

Cast as the black sheep of the family for chasing her dreams as a photographer, Ife is desperate to prove her worth to her mum, however her predicament worsens when her younger sister returns home with a degree in medicine. The tension between the sisters rises after an altercation between them but ultimately could it be the very thing that brings them closer as sisters?

  • Teniola King
  • Teniola King
  • Miju Diya
  • Imoh Eboh
  • Imoh Eboh
    Key Cast
  • Chy Nwakanma
    Key Cast
  • Oluwatoyin Alausa
    Key Cast
    "Mama Ife"
  • Tonia Okojie
    Key Cast
    "Aunty Remi"
  • Adeolu Adefarasin
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 13, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    12,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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  • Language:
    Afrikaans, English
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Director Biography - Teniola King

Branded as “One To Watch” by The Islander, British born, Nigerian raised Teniola Zara King, is a former student of the prestigious London Film School and Gidi High Life is the culmination of her time there.

After completing her studies in England, Teniola was employed as a Production Assistant on Nigeria’s first late-night-talk-show, Highlites With IK, where she was quickly promoted to be the Line Producer on the show after only four months.

Hungry to acquire the skills and knowledge to create her own content, Teniola eventually resigned from her job to return to England to pursue a Masters in Filmmaking at the world- renowned London Film School

After two years of studying all aspects of the filmmaking process Teniola decided to pursue the path of a writer and director.

Gidi High Life is her debut short film as a writer/director shot in Lagos, Nigeria on the soil that her journey in the TV and Film industry began.

Currently, Teniola is working as a Content Creator and is in the pre-production stage of her latest short film, Teju’s Tale.

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Director Statement

The title “Gidi High Life” is coined from the phrase “Las Gidi” which is a nickname for the city of Lagos and “High Life” refers to the exciting way of living that involves parties.

Gidi High Life aims to bring light to a variety of issues in the society in particular the abuse of codeine which is found in cough syrup.
Codeine consumption has become an epidemic in many countries and according to a BBC documentary, in Nigeria approximately three million bottles are consumed daily.

I decided to tell the story from the point of view of an everyday person that people could identify with as opposed to a “don’t do drugs” angle.

The death of two of my friends inspired me to write this short. Unfortunately, one died from an accidental drug overdose and the other died as a result of drink-driving.

By the end of Gidi High Life I hope the audience member has an insight into the Lagos drug life that is budding amongst the youth and the potential consequences of being too caught up in the “Lagos Party” lifestyle.