In July 1990, the prevailing military government of Lagos State, Nigeria, ordered the demolition of Maroko, an urban slum in the heart of the megacity. The demolition was carried out after a seven-day quit notice announced on the radio. It led to the forced eviction of an estimated 300 000 people from their homes of several decades.
The eviction was implemented by armed security agents who physically assaulted residents bold enough to attempt to salvage their property from the rampaging bulldozers. The government made no prior arrangement to resettle or compensate the evictees before commencing the evictions.
Faced with homelessness, the evictees took up residences in abandoned and uncompleted buildings. Most of the evictees were neither resettled nor compensated. "Maroko" is the story of one man an his family whose lives and future are forever changed by that event…
starring : Ayo Lijadu, Buki Wright, Akin Akin-Lewis, Tope Oshin-Ogun, Gabriel Afolayan, Gbenga Richards
Directed by Femi Odugbemi
written and produced by Yinka Ogun
edited by Jide Abisayo
production manager : Ayo Oluwasanmi
executive producer : Deji F. Akintilo