By Yami Bamgboye
Child abuse is a societal menace that has been since God knows when. Of course, as an umbrella term, it covers a wide range of other related subject matter including emotional or psychological, physical and sexual. Wikipedia defines child abuse as the physical, sexual or psychological maltreatment or neglect of a child or children, especially by a parent or other caregiver. It may include any act or failure to act by a parent or other caregiver that results in actual or potential harm to a child, and can occur in a child’s home, or in the organizations, schools or communities the child interacts with.
Several campaigns on different platforms have been launched to curb this evil but as it were, they seem to have achieved little or nothing. However, the burden continually lays heavy on the conscience of the concerned and in turn births unrelenting individual efforts on different pedestals. One of such is the newly released short film of fast rising director John Chizoba Vincent a.k.a Cam’god titled ‘Abstract Thought’. In this short video, we see the ironies that reveal the simple truth behind every action and reaction and the over-emphasized Law of Karma that may not even dole out commensurate punishment in a life time to perpetrators of evil.
One of those ironies is the overtly religious mentality that has eroded the deep sense of godliness and essence of humanity in a set of people through the lead character, a woman, who has a baby strapped to her back. She does the laundry in the open in an environment that suggests an average life. In the process, she sings religious songs and remembers the little boy that lives with her has gone to play with his friends, a normal thing every growing child loves to do. That remembrance adds a little spice to her singing with an intermittent curse or two. Thereafter, the innocent boy returns to an unimaginable battery in her hands.
Another beautiful irony that’s employed in this video is the perceived non-chalance in our neighbourhoods. While the battery goes on, we see a bystander, probably a neighbour, who only shakes her head in pity and claps her hands before turning round, a typical Nigerian way of deriding an act. This simple representation connotes that neighbours shouldn’t just feel a level of pity, but should get actively involved by calling the police to stop such acts.
As a low cost short film with such a powerful message and the awesome interpretations of Rose Ochanya (the woman) and Abundant Agada (the little boy), a potential actor, this film is rated eight on the scale of ten. It’s thumbs up to John and his team for putting this together. Click to watch the video.
By Yami Bamgboye