The Supreme Price traces the evolution of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles. Following the annulment of her father's victory in Nigeria's Presidential Election and her mother's assassination by agents of the military dictatorship, Hafsat Abiola faces the challenge of transforming a corrupt culture of governance into a democracy capable of serving Nigeria's most marginalized population: women.
Produced and Directed by Joanna Lipper
The Supreme Price traces the evolution of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles. In 1993, while Hafsat Abiola was a student at Harvard, her father, M.K.O Abiola, was elected President of Nigeria. The military annulled the election results and seized power. M.K.O Abiola became a renowned prisoner of conscience and in response, Hafsat's mother, Kudirat, assumed leadership of Nigeria's pro-democracy movement, demanded that the U.S embargo Nigerian oil and spoke out against the military dictatorship, actions which led to her assassination. Hafsat's father died two years later under mysterious circumstances on the eve of his release from prison. Following Nigeria's transition to civilian rule, Hafsat returns from exile. Determined to realize her parents' dreams of alleviating poverty and bringing democracy to Nigeria, she founds Kudirat Initiative for Democracy, an NGO dedicated to empowering women in Nigeria.