Griot Studios, a multimedia company that specialises in producing and distributing content with socio-cultural relevance, is pleased to announce the release of Up NEPA!, a documentary that explores Nigeria’s electricity supply challenges and simplifies the complexities of electricity generation, transmission and distribution in Nigeria. The film is scheduled to premiere on the 9th of May 2024 in Abuja and will subsequently be available for free on the film’s website 

Up NEPA! probes the persistent issues surrounding electricity in Nigeria, such as unreliable power supply and its impact on personal and professional lives and the economy. It also examines the historical changes and government reforms within the power sector while anticipating future developments. 

Directed by the critically acclaimed filmmaker Ishaya Bako, the documentary provides an in-depth analysis of the challenges of providing adequate and sustained electrical power to Nigeria’s growing population despite being one of the world’s largest primary energy producers. 

Bako, renowned for directing award-winning documentaries like “Fueling Poverty” and “Silent Tears,” expressed gratitude for the film’s release. He said, “I am grateful to be able to share this film with an audience, it’s been many years in the making. I am particularly grateful to our key partners, the MacArthur Foundation, for their support in producing the film, and also our hardworking team at Griot Studios, who have persevered to ensure this project becomes a reality.” 

Up NEPA! features interviews with everyday people—cold store owners in Ibadan, plastics manufacturers in Aba and Kano, and healthcare workers in Lagos. The documentary also interviews industry experts, such as Patrick Okigbo, Bart Nnaji, Alex Okoh, and Rahila Thomas. Special guest stars include Kate Henshaw and Jude (MI) Abaga. 

The documentary’s release is in partnership with The Electricity Hub, and the premiere will include an interactive session between industry experts, the development community, and specially invited guests, providing a rich and nuanced conversation about the power sector and possible solutions. After the premiere, the film will be released for free online to the general public.

About Griot Studios 

Griot Studios is a multimedia production company founded to create and distribute trans-media and multi-platform content that cuts across narrative fiction, documentary, animation and interactive games. We use human-centred design principles in the ideation, development and execution of most of our projects and also offer consultancy in media services and human-centred design. 

Media Contact: 

Abdulhaqq Yahaya 

Media Relations, 

Griot Studios 

+234 701 000 0588 

+234 908 919 9520



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