03 Jun 2014
June 3, 2014

The Space Between

[quote title=””]Synopsis: Gabriel Babatunde is a young, 29 years old, political and human rights activist. His recent altercation with the authorities sees him being roughed up and tossed into a cell. He passes out in the cell and when he comes to, he realizes that he has to share his cell with another young man, Sasha who clearly is not what he expects.
The two men are as different as the sun is from the moon. While one is a man’s man, the other is more effeminate. Also, their ideologies clash. In the course of Gabriel’s stay in the cell, they speak their truths and the physical space (and ideological space) that once separated them slowly closes up.
For Gabriel to get out of detention, Sasha will show him an act of kindness he does not expect while revealing to Gabriel the corruption and abuse of power that targets a small, harmless minority in the country.
As Gabriel secures his freedom he’s left with no doubt what his next advocacy will be. [/quote]

Screenwriter : Jude Dibia

Jude-DibiaBio: Dibia was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He studied at the University of Ibadan, and earned a B.A in Modern European Languages (German).[1] He is the author of three well received novels: Walking with Shadows (BlackSands Books, 2005), Unbridled (2007), and Blackbird (2011). His novels have been described as daring and controversial by readers and critics in and out of Africa. Walking with Shadows is said to be the first Nigerian novel that has a gay man as its central character and that treats his experience with great insight, inviting a positive response to his situation. Unbridled, too, stirred some controversy on its publication; it is a story that tackles the emancipation of its female protagonist, who had suffered from incest and various abuse from men. Unbridled went on to win the 2007 Ken Saro-Wiwa Prize for Prose (sponsored by NDDC/ANA) and was a finalist in the 2007 Nigeria Prize for Literature (sponsored by NLNG).

Dibia’s short stories have appeared on various online literary sites, including AfricanWriter.com and Halftribe.com. One of his short stories is included in the anthology One World: A global anthology of short stories, alongside stories by such critically acclaimed writers as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Jhumpa Lahiri.

Social Issues: In this era of hashtag advocacy and all its trappings, I wanted to focus attention on the impact of real advocacy that is all embracing. People ask if social advocacy can indeed bring change, but we must also ask if the people posing as such advocates understand that the plight is more important than the individual. There is also a place for diversity in our cultural space.