“When was the Last Time you Saw a Leper?” – The Story of Doppler Films

When was the last time you saw a leper, that’s if you have ever seen one, or the last time you, at least, heard the word leprosy?

Of course, we all know leprosy exists in Nigeria, and as a matter of fact, 5, 000 new cases of leprosy are reported in the country annually. Yet, the very large community of lepers living in shanty isolated camps across the country, carry on daily with little or no care.

The question is, when was the last time you heard about the issue of leprosy being discussed or even mentioned on mainstream media?

5, 000 new cases of leprosy occur in the country annually. Yet, the very large community of lepers living in shanty isolated camps across the country carry on daily with little or no care. @dopplerfilmz

Now, let’s talk about our prisons: I was privileged to visit a prison facility in Ibadan recently, where I had discussions with some of the inmates and warders. It might interest you to know that some of the inmates in some prisons across Nigeria are not only innocent, but have been awaiting trial for years, living in squalid conditions. Of course, we also all know that far from being places of reform, our prisons are actually places where souls are not just broken, but deformed…

Doppler Effect Films was established to give a voice to the voiceless, though we’re starting small with nothing but our indefatigable desire to tell the stories of those who can’t tell their own stories. @dopplerfilmz

It doesn’t matter where you look, be it our hospitals, schools, police barracks, just name it, or which expert or professional you speak to, the stark reality that stares you in the face is how unhealthy our society has become.

While components of the mainstream media like our newspapers and TV stations are trying their best, it is a fact that most of the ills that beset us as a people, like the killing of child ‘witches’ in southern Nigeria, a heinous act that occurs till date, sometimes find a way to escape their radars.

Doppler Effect Films aka Doppler Films is committed to give ample media coverage to stories that typically do not get the sort of coverage they deserve @dopplerfilmz

This is why Doppler Effect Films was established to give a voice to the voiceless, even though we are starting very small, with little or nothing on ground other than our indefatigable desire to tell the stories of those who can’t tell their own stories.

Doppler Effect Films aka Doppler Films is committed to give ample media coverage to stories that typically do not get the sort of coverage they deserve, with intent of calling attention to issues that affect ordinary people… issues that are either not reported as they should, or those that are ignored altogether by mainstream media.

Furthermore, because of the challenges involved in carrying out this task, we are open to all forms of support from the public.

Knowing that storytelling gives us a better understanding of our own lives, the lives of people around us and how our the society operates within our culture, we hope to use our platform to expose the ills in our society, so that those in charge of the respective quarters can take responsibility.

We hope to use Doppler Films to expose the ills in our society, so that those in charge of the respective quarters can take responsibility @dopplerfilmz

We expect our platform to be a medium of education to many through the use of well researched documentaries and other relevant content. So when next you hear about Doppler Films, please note that we exist to give your story a face!

when next you hear about Doppler Films, please note that we exist to give your story a face! @dopplerfilmz


Albert Afeso Akanbi is a writer, documentary filmmaker and humanitarian. He writes from Abuja, FCT, Nigeria.He can be reached on Twitter: @RealAfesoAkanbi IG: @RealAfesoAkanbi and Blog: akanbiafeso.wordpress.com

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