“Middleman” by Ceeander is a Must Watch Short Film that Captures the Social Insecurity in Borno State


Ceeander Entertainment in conjunction with The Dickens Sanomi Foundation presents “Middleman”, a story of a young boy struggling to stay motivated through the social insecurity in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The film was directed by Ronke Ogunmakin and produced by Cindy Ihua-Maduenyi. The story was written by Mitchell Aghatise and director of photography is Tatenda Jamera.


A young and ambitious boy, Mustapha, is thrown in the middle of social insecurity in Maiduguri, Borno State. At the peak of crisis in his town, he tries to stay motivated and decides to start a new chapter in the nation’s capital, Abuja.

According to the producer, “Middleman” is a short film that captures the untold story of Mustapha and it seeks to address the issues of social insecurity and education in Nigeria. These issues are brought to life visually and provide inspiration to Nigerians which can then lead to more awareness and support in the fight for a safer country and the importance of education. With a strong script, powerful narrative and dialogue, the story is told from a young boy’s perspective and it doesn’t lose the entertainment factor. The Middleman story is relevant because it is based on and culminates with the Nyanya Bomb Blast that took place in Abuja. Nothing of this magnitude and relevance has been adapted into a short film in the Nigerian industry.

The main character has qualities that would attract viewers because he represents innocence, dreams, ambitions, family virtue and change. The story follows Mustapha as he goes through satisfaction, happiness, loss, grief and acceptance and these are emotions that everyone can relate to.

Watch below.

7 Comments on “Middleman” by Ceeander is a Must Watch Short Film that Captures the Social Insecurity in Borno State
  • boluji February 1, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    big ups to the production team. sad that this situation is still ongoing and soo many innocent lives are lost. one thing Mustapha said stuck with me, we need to stop complaining and analysing the problems and get up and do what we can, the little we can do from wherever we are will go a long way. we cant just sit waiting for the government we have seen time and time again that they are just a disappointment.

  • Honeycrown February 1, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Very sad reality! The message was properly relayed. The cast and crew did a good job.

  • Jice February 1, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Really good picture, so sad that this is nearly a daily occurrence in some northern stares…

  • Nicole Kim The Blogger February 1, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    I’m going to certainly watch this short film. I’m sure it is inspiring. It will have a positive impact on a lot of people.

  • Elvis February 1, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    I actually watched this and i got so emotional and crestfallen.

    Its so sad that this is still happening in our dear country, oh God, please let this stop.

  • Ides of March February 2, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Oh mehn, so heartbreaking. The North is under seize by these useless terrorists and those affected seem to be forgotten by us. We need to be our brothers keepers. There are IDP refugee camps in Abuja, Jos and all the way to the far North, we need to remember these people. I don’t believe there is a northern state that has not been affected by terrorism, that is 50% of Nigeria suffering through no fault of their own, we can’t continue in apathy. Mustapha is all of us.
    Good job to the production crew and cast for delivering such a poignant message.

  • aisha February 2, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    so heart breaking. but unfortunately this is our reality. may ALLAH help us

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