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Shining Light on the Abuse of Domestic Workers in Africa

house girl

House Girl – The Short Film is a London Film School (LFS) graduation project, written and directed by student, Koby Adom, and produced by Joy Gharoro Akpojotor. It is a coming-of-age story about Jennifer, a young British girl of Ghanaian descent who goes on holiday to Accra, Ghana for the first time.

While staying with her wealthy Aunty Barbara in Accra, Jennifer meets Efua, a very young domestic maid who Aunty Barbara is abusing physically and emotionally.

Jennifer struggles to suppress her feelings towards this but she is forced to by the cultural values of her heritage. Jennifer eventually can’t watch the abuse anymore and makes a brave attempt to rescue Efua from her abusive situation – but it does not go as planned.

The film is scheduled to be shot in Accra, Ghana in February 2016. It is
the first time a British/ Ghanaian London Film School film student has gone back to Ghana to make a film.

The Director, Koby, was inspired by a story about the abuse of a domestic house maid in Africa. However, because it was a dated account, Koby researched the topic to see if the abuse of domestic staff still happened in Africa today – focusing on Ghana; his country of origin.

The article that particularly inspired him during his research was written by Kaku AduGyamfi on http://www.modernghana.com entitled ‘Corpses Have More Respect Than House Maids‘.

Koby said;

“I want to raise awareness of the issue of modern day slavery and the abuse of young domestic workers in Africa. However, I also want to celebrate my motherland Ghana, because it is a beautiful place that I want the world to see”.

For this film to be made, a minimum of £10,000 needs to be raised through a
crowdfunding campaign on kick-starter which is now live on: http://kck.st/1SHXnyL

The money will be used on; equipment, airfare, visas, medication for travel to Ghana, accommodation and food while in Accra, paying expenses to the Ghanaian cast and crew, transportation in Accra, post production and the premiere.

The team is a collaboration of students from the London Film School, Central Saint Martins and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. They are joined by experienced professionals who have offered their time to work on the film in support of the story and the spirit of the project.


About Combing for Curls

Ghanaian-Nigerian Accra-based natural hair blogger and vlogger. Creator/curator of African culture and political content.


One thought on “Shining Light on the Abuse of Domestic Workers in Africa

  1. Wow, Amazing project. We are here in Ghana, Please let’s know how we can also partner this And any such positive projects. Look forward to February with much Joy
    God Bless

    Posted by Cyril Camm(Speed) | January 15, 2016, 1:28 PM

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