Revisiting Nigeria’s Many Untold Stories And Why Starting With Hushpuppi’s Is Not The Answer

On the 5th of August, 2021, Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife Group, announced she had won the rights to co-produce a movie about Hushpuppi, the Nigerian Instagram celebrity facing criminal charges in the United States for money laundering. With a flurry of happy, dancing emojis, she explained that this was a dream come true for her. The movie would be based on a Bloomberg article, a long feature profile that details the beginning and end of the glamorous career of one of the most high-profile money launderers in the world.

Soon after her announcement came social media backlash. In response, Abudu took to Instagram again to explain that “there are things to be learned from good and bad stories”. She believes the film “gives us a real chance to tell a cautionary tale about a character formed by his environment and life choices” and that “EbonyLife is uniquely positioned to ensure the depth and authenticity of this film.”

As logical as Abudu’s reasons may be, a movie about Hushpuppi, at this point in time, is the wrong trail to blaze….

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