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Green Passport in the Gold Coast: Nigerian students in Ghana

Damilola is a bright Nigerian teenager who has just completed her School Cert and JAMB exams. She plans to study Mechanical Engineering, and is looking into various options with her mother. Unfortunately, just as she graduates with flying colours, Nigerian universities have once again declared a strike due to longstanding grievances against the government, while the option to study abroad is an expensive one due to the high cost of fees and the falling value of the local currency, the Naira. It is a real dilemma for parents and students.
The narrator visits Ghana to discover what awaits students on ground, visiting universities and interviewing officials, students and various individuals with experience of dealing with Nigerians in and around the academic environment. She is struck by the quality of the infrastructure to be found in Ghanaian institutions, as well as the lively and colourful culture displayed as a constant backdrop to every day life.
As the film unfolds, it is clear that despite undercurrents of regional competition and some differences of opinion over minor issues, there is a fundamental synergy between the two West African countries and therefore much to gain by the increasing cross-fertilisation of young minds.

  • Ronke Macaulay
    Green Passport in the Rainbow Nation, Green Passport at France 98
  • Ronke Macaulay
    Green Passport in the Rainbow Nation, Green Passport at France 98
  • Ronke Macaulay
    Green Passport in the Rainbow Nation, Green Passport at France 98
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  • Runtime:
    23 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
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  • Country of Filming:
    Ghana, Nigeria
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  • IREP International Documentary Film Festval
    March 25, 2018
    World Premiere
  • Best of Nollywood Awards
    December 9, 2018
    Documentary of the Year
    August 24, 2019
    Best Documentary
Director Biography - Ronke Macaulay

Ronke Macaulay's career has fulfilled her mission to conceptualise, plan and execute creative projects. In 2015, she began to explore story telling via the medium of film. She was selected for a scriptwriting workshop at AFRIFF2015, which she followed up with a course on Directing at Film School in South Africa in 2016, working on a number of film projects as Line Producer and Associate Producer before writing, producing and directing her first solo documentary which was released in early 2017, followed by a second later that year. Her third film was completed at the beginning of 2019. All three are short documentaries focused on the experiences of Nigerians in Diaspora, unfolding against powerful thematic backdrops. Ronke's films have won several awards and she has also featured in a bestselling book about female directors in Nollywood.

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