"Perception: The Nigerian Narrative"

"Perception: The Nigerian Narrative" is a documentary that explores how the world sees Nigerians, examining both the good and the bad aspects of the country's reputation. The film delves into the stereotypes and misconceptions that have been perpetuated about Nigerians, as well as the positive contributions that Nigerians have made to the world.

Through interviews with Nigerians in diaspora, the film examines the impact that negative perceptions of Nigeria have had on Nigerians living abroad. The documentary also explores the ways in which Nigerians have been able to overcome these negative perceptions and make positive contributions to their communities.

The film takes a nuanced approach to the topic, acknowledging the challenges that Nigeria has faced in the past, while also highlighting the resilience and creativity of its people. Through personal stories and expert analysis, "Perception: The Nigerian Narrative" offers a compelling and thought-provoking exploration of how the world sees Nigerians, and the impact that this perception has on Nigerians in diaspora.

Ultimately, the film aims to challenge stereotypes and promote a more nuanced understanding of Nigeria and its people. By shining a light on the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of Nigeria's reputation, "Perception: The Nigerian Narrative" offers a powerful and timely exploration of a complex and important topic.

  • Oluyinka Davids
    Director
    Stay, Akwuna, Prim & Proper
  • Oluyinka Davids
    Producer
    Prim & Proper
  • Oluwatosin Jedi Ayo
    Producer
  • Sabina D'Great Alfred
    Producer
  • Temiloluwa Odediran
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    60 hours
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED 6K
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Oluyinka Davids

Oluyinka Davids is a seasoned Nigerian filmmaker, director, producer, cinematographer and editor based in the United States. As a versatile filmmaker with a strong background in major aspects of production, Davids has earned a reputation for his ability to craft powerful, impactful films that leave a lasting impression on audiences. He has a unique style that blends his passion for filmmaking with his unwavering commitment to education and social change. Inspired by the work of American filmmaker Tyler Perry, Davids takes pride in making films that not only entertain but also enlighten viewers on a variety of subject matter.

His remarkable projects, including "Stay," "Akwuna," and "Prim & Proper," have earned numerous selections at notable film festivals around the world and have helped to bring attention to the immigrant experience in America.

With a keen eye for storytelling and a passion for creating meaningful content; His films have captivated audiences both nationally and internationally, earning him critical acclaim and recognition for his outstanding contributions to the field. Davids' unwavering commitment to using film as a tool for education and social change has earned him numerous accolades, including a certificate of recognition from the State of California Senate and an award from the A.D. King Foundation Inc. USA for his leadership and dedication to global development. With a fierce commitment to pushing boundaries in the art of filmmaking, he continues to inspire and impact lives through his work, and is dedicated to bringing African stories to the forefront of the international film scene.

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Director Statement

As a Nigerian living abroad, I've often been confronted by a myriad of preconceptions and stereotypes about my homeland and its people. While some of these notions are benign or even humorous, others carry a weight that affects not only personal interactions but also professional opportunities and societal integration. It was this juxtaposition of individual identity and collective reputation that birthed "Perception: The Nigerian Narrative."

This documentary is not just a film; it's a journey, a conversation, an invitation. An invitation to look beyond the headlines, the scams, the Hollywood villain portrayals, and see the rich tapestry that is Nigeria and its diaspora. From the doctor saving lives in a top American hospital to the engineer designing solutions for global challenges, the Nigerian spirit of resilience, innovation, and ambition shines bright. However, it's essential not to gloss over the genuine challenges that have given rise to some of the negative perceptions. By addressing these issues head-on, I believe we can pave a path to understanding and change.

The stories we've captured in this documentary are both deeply personal and universally relatable. They reflect the broader struggles of identity, belonging, and representation faced by diaspora communities worldwide. But there's something unique about the Nigerian spirit – an indomitable will, a joyous heart, and a fierce pride in our roots.

With "Perception: The Nigerian Narrative," I aim to challenge, enlighten, and inspire. I hope to challenge pre-existing beliefs, enlighten viewers to the multifaceted realities of Nigerian lives abroad, and inspire a new generation to take control of their narratives. This is more than a film; it's a movement. A movement towards understanding, acceptance, and celebration of one of the world's most vibrant, diverse, and influential diaspora communities.

In telling this story, I'm honored to be a voice for millions. But more than that, I'm excited to spark a global conversation – about Nigerians, about Africa, about identity, and about the power of perception.

Warmly,
Oluyinka Davids