Corruption is a monumental endemic that has eaten deep into every fabric of the African societies. It has crippled systems of several countries and Nigeria has not been left out, as this menace has permeated into the country’s institutions at all levels.
The 2018 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) of the Transparency International presents a largely gloomy picture for Africa. In the ranking, Nigeria ranked 144 of 180 countries and scored 27 of 100 which is similar to its 2017 ranking of 148 of 180 and 27 of 100.
A country’s score indicates the perceived level of corruption on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean) and with Nigeria scoring 27, it simply shows that there is still a lot that needs to be done to move the country higher on the ladder to achieve lasting social change.
In a bid to help fight the scourge of Corruption, Nigerian youths have taken several initiatives to fight this. A Nigerian youth Terry Jerry A’wase is helping to fight corruption with the use of pictures.
A’wase, the founder and head of A’DOO Creativity Arts Media company, a company into film and content productions, training, and equipping filmmakers and entrepreneurs, is working on a project known as 100 Pictures Changing Corruption Practices in Nigeria.
According to A’wase, “Whilst people might not listen to the voice of others, pictures do speak to people and can create subconscious influence,” he said. “Pictures not only speak a thousand words, I also saw a picture that led to 10,000 comments and a million views, the greater influence that it achieved”.
With this project, A’wase aims to create and imprint a lasting social change through these images which he planned to share with the public.
The Corruption Angle to the 100 Pictures Project
According to Transparency International, Corruption is generally, “the abuse of entrusted power for private gain”. TI classified Corruption as grand, petty and political, depending on the amounts of money lost and the sector where it occurs.
In Nigeria, the actions and inactions of the country’s leaders has led to several corrupt practices which has deeply affected the country. With this project, A’wase intends to make a difference by leading a selection of 10 photographers, artists, and graphic designers to create the 100 pictures of change.
“These pictures will be promoted on social media through a campaign for a hundred days circle to raise public awareness and to push for a positive change and a possible corruption free life in Nigeria,” he revealed. “The same pictures will also be exhibited in cooperation with other organisations that work together for this campaign”.
The project which he said, aims to inspire change and to reduce corruption in Nigeria, has three key objectives, which are: To present 100 ways of changing corrupt practices in Nigeria; To influence positive thinking in multiple ways; and To leave an imprint of social change and drive on thousands of minds
As the head of A’DOO Creativity Arts Media company, A’wase has created jobs and impacted over 300 youths especially females in North Central Nigeria in eight years. With strategic alliances and volunteering, he has experienced filmmaking across 18 countries. He received awards honors and recognition from the film society, the president of Nigeria, and International organisations like the World Bank and others.
Making films and digital contents that inspire and lead social, economic, and political changes are his motivations.
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