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I am on location at the moment shooting my movie – “DRY”. The movie focuses on Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF). This is a cause I am very passionate about. I have been to the North and to other parts of the country, and I have seen first-hand how this health issue defies normal living for girls and women of different ages. I have decided to share their stories through “DRY”.

location shot of a VVF patient

“DRY” journeys into the heart-wrenching details of a culture not too many films dare to explore. The issue might seem controversial, but if it will set one girl free and open the minds of the people, and also instruct different bodies and individuals to take action, then the movie would have served its purpose.

VVF causes leakage of urine and faeces through the vagina. Girls as young as 11-15 years suffer this ailment when they are forced into early marriages to older men, and due to their small pelvic sizes, they experience obstructive labour which can provoke a cut (mostly done by unprofessional medical aides) wherein the baby can come through.

I am excited about what we can achieve if VVF is taking more seriously. With our scripts and cameras, we shall tell the story of those whose voices are small… and lips too tired to speak.

More gist as the cameras roll!

–          Stephanie

 

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    Talatu Talatu
    August 24, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Well done Steph, you are doing a great job. God bless you and family IJN, Amen.

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    BB
    August 24, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Great effort Steph, kudos may God always bless d work of your hands, Cheers!

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    Umar faruk Batijjane
    August 24, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I realy appreaciate your effort may God help you to continued doing good works like this.

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    ms_dee
    August 24, 2012 at 9:15 am

    dis is nice, wish u all d best

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    Derah
    August 24, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Hey dear, thanks for this avenue. Am a medical student and would want to join in this ur cause of VVF. Hope u don’t mind.

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    Andy
    August 24, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I wish you and the crew all the success as you shoot this noble movie. Thanks for the humanitarian efforts in exposing these societal ills..

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    MimI
    August 24, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Great job ma. God continue to bless and i know ur blog will be a huge success

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    essien
    August 24, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I know u̶̲̥̅̊ are in Ogoja, am coming to watch you tonight. Stay blessed, u̶̲̥̅̊ r my favourite

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    charyz
    August 24, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Because you have the good of others at heart, God himself will see that all is well with u as well. keep up the good work

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    JB
    August 24, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Hey congrats hun
    Such a great cause
    All the best with making it a huge success

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    olabisi
    August 24, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Sure going 2 be a great.keep d good wk up.

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    Debby
    August 24, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Great job steph. The Lord will see u through

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    Monique
    August 24, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Gud work steph keep it up love u

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    Eugenia
    August 24, 2012 at 10:05 am

    u are doing a great work stephanie. keep up d good work. i served in d north. and i know what dis woman are going thru. early marriage is d problem.

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    Barbara
    August 24, 2012 at 10:06 am

    It is wonderful having you here on the blogosphere with us. Hope you have a rewarding time here. Welcome!

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    Dzifa D
    August 24, 2012 at 10:08 am

    This is a really great project, which needs a lot of concentration.. kudos to you… Go on..

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    suzzy
    August 24, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Dis is a great job u are doin, I aslo hav passion 4 dis course becos I wrote a book abt it in 2005 when I won a contest in kogi state. It went a long way then. I wish u all d best

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    calista
    August 24, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Great work Steph…God will bless you….

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    stephanie
    August 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    kudos our screen godness…..your indeed inspiring alot of pple including mou

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    Uray
    August 24, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Love your dedication to this course. Keep it up

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    Catherine Okereke
    August 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    This is Gøøð! ℓ̊ pray God crown your effort

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    Isioma
    August 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I love you Stephanie! From the depths of my heart! Really good to have a fresh voice on the blogosphere, away from all the gossip and commotion! Thumbs up as you continue to give back to the society. Hope to join in your footsteps! Mwahhhhhh!!

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    pattyclues
    August 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    God ωıιι bless you a whole lot steph, for dis good work you are doing. Keep Įτ̣̣̥
    up dear.

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    Tobi
    August 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    dis is luvly.all d best.

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    Obii
    August 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Cool concept.Please get it right, i assume that’s the hardest part. i’m excited about this one.

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    Joan Taylor
    August 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks for making everyone aware of this procedure, your effort is a appreciated. Keep up the good work. May God continue to bless and keep you.

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    Leah
    August 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    weldone dear. thumbsup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    claribell
    August 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Great job girl, am so proud of you!

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    lovely
    August 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    more greese tu ur elbow IJN amen

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    lucy arse
    August 24, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    wish u d best sweet

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    charles
    August 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    That’s a nice work, just a little contribution, the position the woman in the pic above is wrong,we rarely do abdominal route repair,rather vaginal route repair for vvf,so it must be done right,since everybody is watching,kudos again

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    America;The land of the brave
    August 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Thoughtful of you.
    I had also seen firsthand what you are saying, because i served in the rural north.
    Glad awareness will be created through your film.
    Thank you.

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    nony
    August 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Steph! Ur an inspiration to young women who are willing to change the ills in their society. Am highly motivated by ur gesture nd God Bless U!

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    chicwtprettyface
    August 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    congrats doll, this wll surely open some eyes!

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    ayoade yusuff
    August 24, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    may Almighty Allah bless u, When completed i wish its shown to our fanatical muslim brothers who perpetrate d act of juvenile forceful marriages. They just turn d holy quran down to suit their illiterate ideas

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    Brina
    August 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Well done Steph on Ur new blog.
    I ask, will U be able to withstand the insults Nigerians will give u? Nigerians like insulting pple and U’re a highly respected person. Better make Urself immuned against all the insults ooh, no take them to heart.
    Anyway, love what U’re doing.
    Thumps up.

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    uche
    August 25, 2012 at 8:53 am

    At last !! Thanks Stephanie. The VVF,FEMALE CIRCUMSITION,THE OUTCAST SYSTEM (most prevalent in the Igbo land) ,WIDOWHOOD PRACTICES. These things need to be addressed one way or another. You have started maybe others will join,lend their voices to this cause. Welldone!!

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    stephanie
    August 25, 2012 at 10:52 am

    yeah gud hope it wil reach out 2 those who re in dis situation nd also cancel dat barbaric law.hope d parents will learn 2.

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    joy ihekwoaba
    August 25, 2012 at 11:53 am

    U’re indeed a blessing 2 the world my God will bless u and ur marriage, my regards 2 ur hubby and hapy birthday 2 him many more years.

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    make we yan
    August 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Great job you are doing Steph… Love ya loads.

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    sunday joseph
    August 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    What a woderful work there,keep it up sister,pround of you

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    queensley
    August 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    hello stephlin, i hope u read this, am ur huge fan (like jenifa would say). Am in d healthcare profession and really i must give u a huge thumbs up for this movie cos d awareness u guys are gonna create with this movie will help reduce d incidence of VVF and this will also reduce neonatal and maternal mortality rate!. Also, hope u dnt mind me chipping in smthn, i noticed in d photo that d windows were open and dats nt typical of an operating theatre. (I am one of those that believe that Nollywood should be at its best by now). In addition to this, pls is it possible that the movie will have an hausa version or subtitle cos thats d area where d condition is most common..
    God bless u real good!!!

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      Amaechi
      August 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      The windows are actually closed but it seems there are different tints to the louvres, i think.

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    Amanda
    August 25, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Hmmmm!dis Ȋ̝̊̅§ a very inspirin idea,nd am glad u r goin 2 reach out 2 odas tru dis movie.@ dis stage,early marriage shud b considad less due 2 d harm its causin.God dat gav u dis inspiration nd wisdom will bless u more with His divine knowledge nd spirit.well done sunshine.I lv u big ooooo

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    Kosoko olaitan adunni
    August 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Wow!
    awesome steph!
    infact this just took me back to a french book i had to study in uni titled-chaque chose en son temps.
    exactly what u just pointed out happened there.mostly common amongst the hausas and fulanis,who give away their young daughters as early as 13years to old alhajis all in the name of a good fortune and favor in return.
    once again keep the good job up!

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    Lola
    August 26, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    This is eye opening steph, I like the energy you have going on I must commend you also nice observation by queensley.

    Keep it up… I love your site and I’ll visit often 🙂

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    Omolara Manya
    August 26, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Waoh,I guess dis is †̥ђe̶̲̥̅ first Nigerian Medical centered film.I say Kudos to U̶̲̥̅̊. If you don’t mind I ll lik to chip in a few observation though some have been stated in earlier comments about the patient’s position and the condition of the operating theatre. For future movie it won’t b a bad idea to consult wit medical proffesionals not quacks or goggle it so you can give the best pic to viewers as they potray in foreign ones like HOUSE and the likes. Thanks and God bless.

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    Rachel
    August 27, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Good job!

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    Cathy
    August 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    interesting movie i guess? seriously staying on this dial

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    Abigail
    August 28, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Hi steph….dis s my problem….vvf & i’ve lived wif its internal consequences since i wz 13yrs old.am nw 18 & am still living & enduring d problem due 2 vvf….pls i nd 2 get n directly n touch & ur help on hw 2 cure it.tanx

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    Lumidee
    August 28, 2012 at 9:59 am

    This is good news…hope it helps.would love to see it myself.Kudos STEPHANIE….!

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    sylvia
    September 7, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I cant wait to see this movie “DRY”, i know it’ll be great cos i trust u

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    Badejoko
    September 15, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Goood one. We once developed radio dramas on VVF and the responses were amazing!!!. A lot really still needs to be done. Young girls are really suffering the triple jeopardy – early marriage, ostracization and psychological trauma. God bless your efforts… There is hope for Nigeria – I beleive.

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