Entertainment Joanna Lipper Narrates M.K.O Abiola, Kudirat, Hafsat's Story in 'The Supreme Price'

Plans are in top gear for the official premiere of a documentary that relives the life and struggles of slain presidential aspirant, M.K.O Abiola, his wife, Kudirat Abiola who was assassinated on the streets of Lagos on June 4, 1996 and their daughter, Hafsat Abiola-Costello.

'The Supreme Price' is an unprecedented and personal look at the Abiola story-which is still unfolding.

In this documentary, Director Joanna Lipper elegantly dovetails past and present as she tells this story through the eyes of Hafsat Abiola, who was about to graduate from Harvard when her mother was murdered (her father died in prison two years later).

Determined not to let her parents' ideals die with them, Hafsat has dedicated her adult life to continuing their fight for democracy.

Returning to Nigeria after years abroad, she is at the forefront of a progressive movement to empower women and dismantle the patriarchal structure of Nigerian society through her pet project, KIND (Kudirat Initiative for Democracy).

In 1993, Nigeria elected M.K.O. Abiola as president in a historic vote that promised to end years of military dictatorship.

Shortly after the election, however, Abiola was imprisoned as another military regime assumed power, and his wife, Kudirat, took over the leadership of the pro-democracy movement, organizing strikes and marches and winning international attention for the Nigerian struggle. Because of this work, she too became a target and was assassinated in 1996.

Joanna Lipper is a lecturer at Harvard University where she teaches Using Film for Social Change in the Department of African and African American Studies.

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Additional photo credit: Lolade Adewuyi

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