Ibinabo, a young husband and father-to-be, lives an unremarkable but exemplary life. He strives to prove himself to his boss, but gets caught up in the horrors of the October 2020 protests against police brutality.
‘Employee of The Month’ is a short film I wrote, directed, and produced following the Nigerian government’s heavy-handed response to peaceful protests against police brutality. I wish to shed light on the atrocities committed by a repressive government.
Ostensibly, the film is about the wanton killing of citizens fighting for their civil rights, but the true subject of the story is the inequitable and fleeting nature of human existence, even for those who play by the rules.
The title of the film is a very deliberate choice because the Nigerian President once infamously blamed the youth for the country’s high unemployment, claiming they are “lazy youth”. This could not be farther from the truth. The average Nigerian is resourceful, resilient, and hard working. The youth are no different.
Goga Clay is a self-taught filmmaker based between The USA and Nigeria. He is a trained management consultant who quit the corporate world to pursue his dream.
In 2017, driven by personal setback and the need for soul searching, he quit his job and went backpacking across three continents and 30 countries, where he learnt about different cultures and documented his experiences. Highlights of his adventures include reaching the crater of an active volcano in Costa Rica, getting roughed up in a Rio favela, hiking Machu Picchu, and getting unlawfully detained in Kenya.
Goga is an Ivy League educated multilingual who uses his affinity for languages to develop characters and write dialogue in his stories. He believes in education through entertainment