Life 8 - Scent of the Streets

Nigeria has had some success in getting more women into government and business. But what about at street level--in the crowded and often violent slums of the capital, Lagos? Every big city has gangs of young people on the margins; in Lagos, it's the 'Area Boys', gangs of youths who 'control' the neighborhood who know how to play rough and dirty to survive. So what's an 'Area Girl'? Is she tough and 'cool' too, or just a young woman without a job? With 10 brothers and sisters, Onyinye left school at the age of 12. Now she shoulders the responsibility for caring for her siblings by working on the street. But Onyinye wants a legitimate career--and dreams of becoming a catwalk model.

'[Scent of the Streets presents a harsh reality of how some young girls choose to live their lives and actually accept it as a survival mode with no alternative...The material is presented in an authentic way in the natural setting and contains a subtle message of the dangers of life on the streets--rape, beatings, and physical fights with competitors...The film can be used successfully in stimulating a discussion amongst the youth about the negative aspects of such a life as well as an exploration of alternatives.' Teboho Moja, Clinical Professor of Higher Education, New York University

'Part of the excellent Life series, namely Life on the Edge...The film gives us hope that the area is not necessarily the destiny of its denizens. Suitable for high school courses and college classes in introductory anthropology, anthropology of gender, anthropology of class/poverty, development anthropology, and African studies, as well as for general audiences.' Jack David Eller, Community College of Denver, Anthropology Review Database


Main credits

Vaughan-Richards, Remi (Director)
Vaughan-Richards, Remi (Film editor)
Uzuegbu, Chidiogo (Producer)
Fati, Bolaji (Producer)
Bradshaw, Steve (Narrator)

Other credits

Music, Nicogravity; director of photography, Yinka Edward; editor, Sotira Kyriacou.

Docuseek2 subjects

Distributor subjects

African Studies
At-risk Youth
Developing World
Gender Studies
Global Issues
Labor and Work Issues
Millennium Development Goals
Urban Studies
Women's Studies


Nigeria, women in government, women in business, slums, Lagos, Areas Boys, Area Girls, gangs, legitimate career; "Scent of the Streets"; Bullfrog Films; "Life 8"

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