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Understanding Dyslexia! Watch Ishaya Bako’s Short Film “Enitan”



I watched this short film and felt a lone tear run down my face. You’d be surprised how much change we can achieve just by being more enlightened. This film showcases the fact that enlightenment goes a long way to bringing change. A lot of people erroneously perceive certain medical conditions as “stupidity”

We hope that as you watch this film, you’ll take something positive away from it.

Enitan was written by Chris Odeh, directed by Ishaya Bako and produced by Sebari Diete Spiff.

Watch the film here and share your thoughts.

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  1. BimOgs

    March 27, 2013 at 10:55 am

    this is the kind of development we need. I am especially pleased with this video. Kudos to those involved. Light Up Nigeria!!!

  2. Wemba

    March 27, 2013 at 10:57 am


  3. ola

    March 27, 2013 at 11:02 am

    a close family member had this. As a young child I recognised he was suffering from dyslexia. I also suffered the same fate. I struggled with it and finished from one of the best schools in the world. It was a painful experience but I forgive all the ignorant teachers and bullies.

  4. feisty chic

    March 27, 2013 at 11:18 am

    first of all hats off to the stepmother. If all of them were like dat a lot of children wouldn’t have issues. Good acting from the girl too. We should also be aware of ADD too as most kids with it in Nigeria are tagged noisemakers or stubborn by their teachers with ‘doesn’t pay attention in class’ always written on their report cards.

  5. abi

    March 27, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Very informative.

  6. abi

    March 27, 2013 at 11:22 am

    u must see this.

  7. adenike

    March 27, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Very touching and yes, very enlightening.

  8. Thelma

    March 27, 2013 at 11:28 am

    In tears.. Simple story with a beautiful reminder……

  9. Mousepad

    March 27, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I am touched by this. Its a bit personal to me but I’m glad I saw this video

  10. Retrochic

    March 27, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    awww, that cute little enitan, good acting, very enlightening, remember Bruce from Keeping up with the Kardashian, suffered the same faith.

    • Italian Princess

      March 27, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Fate* But yeah… we gatchyu 😉

  11. jennietobbie

    March 27, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    A few tears and lots of smile 🙂 this made my morning

  12. Kuku

    March 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Made mi cry. Very Beautiful ……. I Love this

  13. FutureDon

    March 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Sympathetic!! One of the best dyslexia-related films I’ve seen so far. The Writer sure knows about ‘this thing called dyslexia’.

    As a brain research with a particular interest in dyslexics, I’m aware of the devastating effects of dyslexia. However, majority of the people in Nigeria appears not to be aware of this. This may be attributed to the low prevalence rate.

  14. Boundllad

    March 27, 2013 at 12:59 pm


  15. Dyscalculia

    March 27, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    This made me cry, and I’m at work. I told my boss its that time of the month, he left me alone sharply. Mine is Dyscalculia, and I’ll like to share my story. Hopefully it’ll encourage someone. Imagine being the child of two high achieving parents. My mum has a masters degree in mathematics, my dad has two degrees in physics and engineering, yet their first child was a mathematics dunce. I mean dunce. I just couldn’t understand numbers at all. I barely managed to pass any math exam. Enough beating, name calling, teachers and kids were cruel. It didnt help that my younger sister was a maths whiz kid. She could do Calculus in her sleep, and I was forever compared to her, and she was the favourite. Always winnning prizes in school. My parents forced me into sciences in secondary school. They wanted me to study medicine. Imagine studying, physics, chemistry, maths and further maths. I was the olodo of the class. After school was extra lesson, every school holiday was lesson, lesson, lesson. How many people do you know who wrote WAEC twice, because I failed maths (F9) and physics (D7). Shortly after my first WAEC attempt, my uncle came visiting from the US. While my parents were lamenting to him, he asked for my entire school reports, and he noticed something we all didnt, because we were too consumed by my failure with numerical related subjects. I was good at word based subjects. I aced biology, english, geography, Home Ec, english literature, and I was scoring high 60’s in economics and chemistry, because they were more word based than numerical. He told my parents, this girl isnt dumb, she’s just not good with numbers. How come you two never noticed all this while. He told them about Dyscalculia. He was my angel, that man, I will be forever grateful to him. He said, if I wrote the same combo again for WAEC, I will fail. Number two, I wont do well at med school, so they should remove their mind from medicine. He also said one thing, send this girl to uni abroad, she will be in the best hands with her disability. School’s abroad make room for students like her. I know u didnt plan for it, but lucky you she failed WAEC. You have two years to save for it, and you owe her, for all the hell you have put her through. Best decision ever, I enrolled for a Law and Management degree and I was in my element. A few Math courses, but my Uni got me tested to confirm Dyscalculia, and they made adjustments for me. I’ve also got a photographic memory for words. I can memorise pages of an encylopaedia, which helps in my job now, with all the documents I have to read. The minute I realised, I wasn’t dumb, I’m actually good at something, University was a breeze I swear. I finished first class and gave the closing speech at my graduation ceremony. I shared my story, and the long hard road to get to where I am. My mum was crying at my grad, so were many parents. I’m so confident now, I have this great job with a Fortune 500 company. This Olodo did good, even better than most of my classmates at secondary school. I’ve met some of them by the way, who couldn’t believe the class dunce is a Snr Executive. So, if you have a child that’s not doing well at school, please don’t write him/her off. Please please, you jsut have to find out what they are good at. Trust me, they will be good at something, if you pay attention. Have them tested if you can. On a lighter note, my dyscalculia makes me horrible with receipts and change, when paying. Lod knows how much I’ve given away intentionally and been cheated out of because I don’t want to embarass mysef that I can’t do “simple” calculation. Thankfully, I can afford it. I do most of my shopping online and pay with cards. Sorry, it was long.

    • Dr H

      March 27, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Thanks for sharing your story too.

    • Partyrider

      March 27, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      Awww…thank you so much for sharing.
      I don’t know you but I am proud of you and how far you’ve come. I pray you be a blessings to others. God bless you real good!

    • Bleed blue

      March 27, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      Wow! I absolutely love your story! I don’t know you but I feel a sense of pride and God bless your uncle for his open mindedness.

    • Adunola

      March 27, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Dear Dyscalculia, your story is indeed an inspiration…….well done dear and God bless ya

    • Ajobi

      March 27, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      wow wow wow!!! how people live in ignorance, after reading your story, i swear i can say i suffer the same thing, i had to repeat my ss1 cus of maths and further maths, yet i was that girl who d literature teacher would always call to read comprehension cus i was that good with word!. the funny part is that i have that same issue with collecting and calculating change too… is well o!

    • beeess

      March 27, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      God Bless you!

    • Naijamum in L.

      March 27, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      The short film had me in tears ….and your own story had me bawling ! *sob*
      Thanks for sharing
      As a mother of three…(still learning)…..I know all kids have their own learning style and coming forst in class does not guarantee success in life.

    • Pd

      April 1, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      Thank you ………have to find a way to help my niece……exactly what shes going through.

    • Oma

      November 29, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Wao thank u so much for sharing. I’m doing a research in dyslexia and ADHD. And funny enough I can relate with your story because my son shows signs of both dyslexia and ADHD. Pls let me know primary or secondary schools that can be of help

  16. Esther

    March 27, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    This is very personal to me, im glad i watched this, i only hope more projects wld b showcased to identify the problems pple suffer

  17. Priscy

    March 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    good movie…very enlightening

  18. praisy

    March 27, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    teary eyes….. thanks for sharing. God will contine to be with you o jare..

  19. praisy

    March 27, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    *continue* pardon my mistake.

  20. Ose

    March 27, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    this is so nice………

  21. praisy

    March 27, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    BN, I’ve not been able to watch the video. it’s just blank.

  22. dimma1

    March 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Thank goodness Nigerians are talking about this now. There is also Dyscalculia which is not a joke. I don’t understand how parents would look at their children’s report cards most times and not see the obvious! Your child is doing exceptionally well in word related subjects and poorly in subjects that have calculation and your pushing he/she to be an engineer. God is watching you!!!

  23. abe

    March 27, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Reminds me of the indian movie ‘Like Stars on Earth’.The little boy in that movie had the same problem,but he was extremely talented with Art works i.e drawing and painting..His Art teacher was patient enough to notice this and brought out the best in him.Such children should be encouraged,cos in each of us lies a hidden talent.

  24. masked

    March 27, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I cant see any video, its just blank…Help!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. pynk

    March 27, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    thanks for sharing your story. you are an inspiration to many.

  26. pynk

    March 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    i cried watching this movie. Too many people just assume we are all built the same.

  27. mariam

    March 27, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    The film got me crying and that lady’s story…..God bless you for sharing.A lot of kids have gotten the beatings of their life because of certain expectations as regard grades,information is key

  28. Adunola

    March 27, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    lovely lovely lovely ………….

  29. damepenelpoe

    March 27, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    tears streaming down my eyes…we all must strive to make a difference in the lives of people living with challenges.. that we do anything better than others should not make us
    proud…we are gifted differently.So, bottomline, if you are better than me,dont look down on me,kindly lift me up.

  30. Tess

    March 27, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    I shed more than “a lonely tear”. As parents we have to be careful with the precious gifts entrusted to us, each one of them is unique and special. Take time to know your child and his/her unique talents. And if you don’t have one, please enlighten other ignorant parents who may be ruining their child’s future blindly.

  31. Love ejiofor

    March 27, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Wish all step mothers could be like this

  32. SMILE

    March 27, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    nice movies kudos

  33. gift

    March 27, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    This is me man,I remember when I still in nigeria I always came last not become I dint know what to what I just couldn’t spell it right,the teachers would make fun of me in front of everyone and they would come me olodo,I lack confidence and I just started regaining it,but I noticed that when I move to London I was getting better my spelling was still bad,but I manage I would read well I have not problem with reading or number it was just my spelling and my handwriting my dad always complained that I had a rubbish handwriting . Am so happy people can see that am not a dumb am gifted and now am preparing to go to university.

  34. Mariam

    March 27, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    This is really nice.

  35. anon248

    March 27, 2013 at 5:53 pm


  36. Mmmm

    March 27, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    In African parents want smart kids , I have dyslexia as well I remember in school teachers would disgrace me in front of the class,I was always lonely no friends I was the Olodo of the class,my mum use to get angry whenever I bring my report card home, whenever I look back at my secondary school days in Nigeria I just feel sad but now am happy with what I have Achieved. Don’t let your children suffer,there are many celebrities with dyslexia ,remember they are gifted children who just need a little bit of help and support and they are not Olodo as people call them.

  37. Ebi

    March 27, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    OMG i’m literally crying my eyes out.

  38. Julius

    March 27, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Thank you Bellanaija this is the kind of stories we want, people have issues all over the world be it Nigeria, Europe or Asia. The produces, director and cast did an excellent job. Those who shared their story I must say a big thank you to each and everyone of you. When I was in Nigeria I had issues understanding too. I can read and write but don’t know jack about numbers, that gave me low self esteem to the extent I did not pass my WAEC and GCE after taking it more than three times but thank God I relocated to the states with my transcript today I am in college majoring in the sciences to become a pharmacist. There is always a bright side to every situation.

  39. Anne

    March 27, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Best short film so far on BN IMHO. Not only did the writer throw light on the highly ignored signs of Dyslexia but he/she also taught us that not all Step-Moms are bad! Talk of killing two birds with one stone. Love it!

  40. Sisterofadyslexicchild

    March 27, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    This is the story of my younger sister. I was in tears after watching this video. Is there any help for dyslexic children in Nigeria at all?

    • Ubermom

      April 2, 2013 at 12:17 am

      “Help” depends on the child’s age. I’m a school teacher who studied Psychology (plus Ed. Diploma & Early Years Certification). With GOD, both parents, & an enlightened school owner, “my” boy became the Head-boy! His Secondary School journey hasn’t been so smooth… If the parents can afford it, British School Lome is a great option for Secondary; better yet, get out of this continent on the next available flight.

  41. Kike Moronkeji

    March 27, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! Well done to Chris Odeh and the cast of the short film.

  42. salsera

    March 27, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    great short film – hits the nail on the head. Love the stepmothers role. And thanks for sharing your story too – reminds me to not be as short-tempered with kids that dont seem to get it.

  43. kanu

    March 27, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    I can remeber when schooling in Nigerian, anyone who did not get things fast, we branded them as olodo. When i came to england, eveything changed. We had Dyslexic children in the class and they had special teacher that showed them more imaginative ways of learning. Now I am in a top 3 UK university and the person at the top of my class is Dyslexic. Its so sad, that Nigerian schools don’t understand that some students have learning disabilities.

  44. sefi-ann

    March 28, 2013 at 12:45 am

    everyone is being coy but i bawled my eyes out i have to admit, thanks BN for showcasing this amazing informative film.

  45. Ajoke

    March 28, 2013 at 2:28 am

    *tears of joy* this was just so good. Well done.

  46. ibukungeorge

    March 28, 2013 at 4:07 am

    Practically inspiring as it relates to me

  47. lateeisha

    March 28, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Wow!!!. I work as a tutor in the US and where i work we help children who are failing, want to get ahead or just need help but we also do special education for children with disabilities. We usually get ‘normal’ students who are struggling with math or reading and after a couple of weeks with them, we are usually able to tell if they have a learning disability(dyslexia) or if they have ADD or ADHD or if they have a horrible teacher or if they are just lazy. After which we would advise the parents to get the children tested. Only a test can determine what exactly is wrong (in cases where we are sure the child has a problem) and better help everyone (parents and teachers) to help the child in the learning process. But no parent wants to be told that their child has a problem, But if they really want to help the child, getting tested is the right way around it. Once we know what exactly is wrong, we tailor the learning process to the child’s needs, its in cases like this you know that teaching isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ process. And we have had great results with children, where we custom fit the learning process to their specific disabilities.

    • Oma

      November 29, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      I’m glad we have Nigerians who understand these disabilities associated with learning. I really think you guys need to do a little more for our dear country Nigeria . I’m doing a research in dyslexia and ADHD . I can barely find any works related to it. As it stands I can’t find any school interested in testing or even helping children with these disabilities. Please let’s bring our experiences home and help our compatriots.

  48. lily

    March 28, 2013 at 6:21 am

    This just teared me up and reminded me of myself. Mine was ADHD and ADD. What did my parents didn’t do to be the best child? I was hyperactive/impulsive, stubborn and inattentive. I can’t sit still nor follow instruction. neither can i pay attention in class. It’s not that I don’t want to pay attention; it’s just that for some reason if a teacher talks and talks all I hear is blah blah blah and it becomes boring. My parents and teachers were not even helping matters. Both my parents will compare me with my younger sister on how she is excelling very well in school and how she is in the best class “A” while me i’m struggling in the last class “J”. You know how primary school is, they place students according to their academic performance. Me the best class I was in was in primary 1E. After primary 1, i was always placed in the last class until i graduated from primary school. In fact my dear it was a long journey. From one lesson teacher to another lesson still i just wasn’t getting it. My parents almost gave up on me. Was it the constant flogging, knocking or beatings that I didn’t get from my teachers and parents. But I thank God that now I’m in a better position where I have learned to control majority of symptoms.

  49. sadandconfused

    March 28, 2013 at 6:48 am

    I was in tears reading driver has been looking worried and confused because. I almost never. React to anything as a madam iron lady..dunno if this applies to me but i have similar problems..i was always the class genius in primary school and early years of secondary school..the later years were horrible for me as i found it difficult to comprehend things and also too impatiehn to sit still or listen in mind would drift away after 5 minutes..i have become a “slow-thinker”.i find it difficult to spell and summarize has made me so timid and scared of work,meetings,seminars at work etc..sometimes i want to resign but i am scared of what people will say yet when you ask people to describe me in a few words intelligence is usually the first or second they pattern of speech is limited as i only use the same words over and again..i am tired,confused and contemplating.suicide..i am so depressed..

  50. Babe

    March 28, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Beautiful beautiful beautiful

  51. Kinda Confused

    March 28, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    @sadandconfused, i am in your shoes right now, i used to be very bright and intelligent. i was best student in my class. Right now i don’t know what is happening anymore. i graduated with a Second class uper result. suddenly after graduation it’s like everything has skipped my head. i became so forgetful and could hardly solve mathematics. Funny enough i work wit a bank and has to use excel for all calculation (thank God). But theres one thing i’m good at, whenever theres a presentation to make, lemme just get the details i’m good to go. But that’s not what i am appraised on. Its really affecting my job terribly and my first appraisal grade was low. I’ve been thinking…..Did i suddenly go dull? Is ut work-related stress? I am thinking of resigning, but geting another job and starting again in a field more expressive to where my talent lies is not tenable going by how Naija is. I’m trying really hard to get back to my old state. And i believe with God all things are possible. Very inspiring story indeed couldnt help but shed tears…..BN Thanks so much>>>>>>>>>

    • Bree

      March 28, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      I think you two may be depressed. You are displaying the classic signs of it. A lot of people are depressed and just don’t know it. Maybe you need to speak to a psychologist, and work through your issues. You’ll find your bliss again and discover the joy of your lives

  52. Yinkus

    March 28, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    i had to hold back my tears, i have a son with speech delay and this worrys me a lot not because i know he wont eventualy talk but he might be behind his peers academically, and most times the teachers focus more and praise the intelligents ones. I know he will be fine by Gods grace and thanks a lot with this encouraging short movie.

  53. Hephzibah

    March 28, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    This is just so beautiful and enlightening. It had me in tears. This is what we need, more of such enlightening films that would create awareness, and make people know that, it is not ‘oyibo’ that is worrying victims of such health problems, but that these are real life issues that need to be dealt with. Alot of teachers are so ignorant about issues like this.

  54. GenialQua

    March 28, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Wow! I can so relate to this… My mom just knew I didn’t quite like numbers early on, though I had two elder brothers in the sciences who were whiz kids. She paid attention to my unique case and she advised me to be in Arts class in secondary school, since I always aced my English Language and Literature exams. She also advised me to study English in the University and I came out 2nd best in my class! My lecturers knew literature was my thing, but they never knew how maths had dealt with me in my early life. Right now, I’m practicing Human Resources. I’m really grateful my mom helped me harness my literary skills that came readily to me . Now when I’m shopping, my bestie does the calculation or I use my mobile phone *coveringface*. But erm, my fiance studied Physics + he lovesssss numbers. So my children are safe :D. More awareness ought to be created going forward.

  55. Alex

    March 28, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    did short movie just did wonders…i m in tears

  56. Third Grade Teacher

    March 28, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I’m also in tears and in awe. I have a soft spot in my heart for the dyslexic and am trying everything in my power to help those who enter my third grade class so they can learn a different way. I am blessed to have come upon the Barton Reading and Spelling program to help dyslexics. It has changed my life and hopefully the lives of my struggling readers. We have an urgency to help. Loved the video.

  57. truetalk

    March 29, 2013 at 12:37 am

    brilliant film, keep it up

  58. Mz Socially Awkward...

    March 30, 2013 at 11:19 am

    I bawled my eyes out!! More awareness has to be raised in Nigeria, particularly amongst so-called Teachers. Otherwise, how can anyone who’s tasked with developing and tutoring young children verbally abuse them with names like “olodo”? Even when the abuse or disdain is communicated indirectly (eg. seperating pupils and placing them in primary school classes which are ranked according to perceived intelligence), children pick up on what’s not being said and it affects them for years to come.

    More teachers like the stepmum in this movie are needed… actually, more parents with a heart of understanding like the stepmum in this movie are needed.

  59. damilola

    April 1, 2013 at 9:23 am

    This made me cry. …. Dyslexia isn’t that much of a problem, we just need to be enlightened. ..nice

  60. Ubermom

    April 2, 2013 at 3:01 am

    “Help” depends on the child’s age. I’m a school teacher who studied Psychology (plus Ed. Diploma & Early Years Certification). With GOD, both parents, & an enlightened school owner, “my” boy became the Head-boy! His Secondary School journey hasn’t been so smooth… If the parents can afford it, British School Lome is a great option for Secondary; better yet, get out of this continent on the next available flight.

  61. Victoire'

    April 2, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Beautiful, just beautiful!

  62. eby

    April 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    good one ishaya, i am sure yu ve seen tare zameen par (like stars on earth) , its an indian movie that truely show cased the issue of dyslexia in 2007 which went on to win most of their awards in every category. I think your presentation is very much informed by the movie, anyways nice try

  63. Tj

    April 11, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I wish i could talk to some one about my situation. I wish i could meet with a doctor that would explain some issues with me concerning this. I just feel, I am not where i should be now and its killing me.

    • learntoread

      April 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      If you are struggling with reading / spelling / and writing issues, you may very well be dyslexic. Find a specialist or tutor who is highly trained in the Orton-Gillingham method to teach reading. I have been tutoring dyslexic children for over 7 years with this method and it is very effective. Great results!

    • MOYO

      February 11, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      how can I get in touch with you

    • Oma

      November 29, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Are you in Nigeria ? Please we need to connect. I’m interested in what you have to offer

  64. argoodlv

    April 23, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    The opening school scene identified a key failing for me in our world. A key INCOMPETENCE in our educational systems is the IGNORANT mis-presumption of the capabilities of the students. Along with the inappropriately narrow targets for the expected educational outcomes that are adhered to by both the structures and the teachers.

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