Documentary on house helps sets stage for discourse

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A house help doing the laundry. Image: The Standard

A documentary about child house helps put together by John Adewusi and Jola Ayeye has put the issue at the fore front of discourse on social media.

A clip shared by the duo on social media from the documentary, highlights the experiences of House Helps in Nigerian homes.

The short clip shows the life of two young girls of the same age, one a house help, and the other a child in the house where the help was employed.

The documentary mirrors the life of both kids as they wake up every morning, start their day and how different their routines are, even as both are children with equal basic rights.

Adewusi said while he shared the clip that; “In millions of homes across Nigeria, the exploitation of children as providers of arduous, menial labour is quietly, socially accepted. This documentary delves into the social and economic elements that make this gross abuse, thrive. This is a fixture that has become very common in the average Nigerian home.”

Social media users who were moved by the message joined in the engagements and conversations that the documentary sought to bring to the fore.

It gained over a million views and over 35,000 comments across all social media platforms as the conversation was pushed to a wider audience.