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WATCH Uche Aguh’s “Azuike – The strength of your Back” A Short Film Dedicated to A Mother’s Strength



Azuike (Igbo) Definition- The strength of your back, shows Three daughters, all of them Doctors, as they celebrate their mother for her irreverent dedication, her unrelenting commitment, her unconscionable tenacity, and the immense strength it took her back, both literally and figuratively to bring them up — from impressionable girls to boisterous teenagers and now, sophisticated, beautiful and accomplished young women.

The poem was written by, Keside Anosike and Uche Aguh, cinematography by Dennis Schmitz, directed by Uche Aguh and produced by 55Media.



  1. Jide

    May 5, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Not sure how a bunch of women walking around in pageant dresses looking pretty = “mother’s strength” but I guess?

    • Onyi

      May 5, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      My dear, those are not ‘pageant dresses’, those Nigerian women are wearing gowns made from Ankara. The video was made to honor their hard working mother as a mother’s day gift/video/photoshoot.

      Let’s give props to the few positive images/news of ourselves we have out there, huh?

      Nice video, clearly a lot of work went into its creation

    • Jide

      May 6, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Lol my dear, the nature of the fabric doesn’t change what they are. It’s a video showing women strutting around, looking pretty and smiling. If that’s what you view as the strength of a mother then that’s fine. And yes, we can acknowledge the intention while still questioning the execution. It’s art, and all art is open to criticism. The subject of your art doesn’t provide automatic insulation from questioning.

    • Uche Aguh

      May 6, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      Imagine carrying a child in your stomach for nine good months only for them to turn out to be so cynical, bitter and jaded.

      How can you even find an atom of negativity in a video that is showing women celebrating their mother for the work she put her self through to get them to where they are- successful, beautiful and accomplished young Doctors who by the way look incredible in those pageant dresses as you so call them.

      Did you watch the short, did you listen to the words, did you read the description???

      I know the electricity in Abeokuta has been off for a while.
      My condolences. Take heart.
      Go and hug your mother and keep your criticism to your self. H’abeg, Shoboti!

      Uche Aguh
      The director of film where a bunch of women walk around in pageant dresses = mother’s strength.

    • Jide

      May 15, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      Lol and this is why you will remain where you are. You think you can inure yourself from criticism by wrapping up your work in nonsense. And when that doesn’t work, launch into a personal attack. The fact remains your “film” does nothing but show women strutting up and down, smiling and looking pretty. Now, if that is what the strength of your own mother is most perfectly encapsulated in, by all means, make more of this drivel. But it won’t make anyone like the work you do. It won’t get you anywhere in life. And it certainly won’t make the people that see your showboating and grandstanding for what it is, cynical, bitter or jaded. As a matter of fact, a case could be made for the bitter one being the guy who gets so mad at criticism of his work that he thinks lashing out at “Nigerians” will change anything, but, again, carry on.

  2. Naina

    May 5, 2017 at 11:19 am

    I am confused.

  3. Tosin

    May 5, 2017 at 5:00 pm


  4. Sefunmi Ogidan

    May 5, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Absolutely lovely and inspiring. The poem, the imagery and the cinematography worked so well together the total effect brought tears to my eyes. Wonderful to see a mother’s hard work, strength and love being honored by her daughters. The Azuike women are flawless. May your beauty continue to shine inside and out. God Bless you.

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