Senseless violent crises have almost become part of the Nigerian life. The violent militia and terrorist groups who perpetrate these calamities are increasing by the day, owing to the inability of relevant authorities to restrain them. Jos, one of Nigeria’s most beautiful cities, has been enmeshed in a conflict which many believe has its origin in disputes between the natives and settlers.
Jay Franklin Jituboh’s Once shows the senseless dimensions these conflicts have assumed to the extent that young unsuspecting students are attacked in their school due to the attackers’ conviction that the problems in the city are caused by the students’ tribe.
The ensuing pandemonium is regrettable and when all is said and done, the key thing is the realization that all of us are, first and foremost, human beings who should protect one another, especially the vulnerable ones.
Once, another short film from the Afrinolly Cinema for Change Series is fascinating and leaves the viewer thinking why humans resort to violence when disputes can actually be settled if the parties concerned make compromises after careful deliberations.