There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
The Supreme Price follows human rights activist Hafsat Abiola as she makes the journey home to Nigeria, pledging to honor her mother’s memory, after the country transitions from military to civilian rule in 1999. Hafsat’s mother, Kudirat, was a pro-democracy organizer assassinated by the military and her father, MKO Abiola, was a multimillionaire who became the first democratically elected president of the country but died in detention after Nigeria’s military annulled his election. The Supreme Price, named for the cost the Abiolas paid to create a better Nigeria, melds the family’s story with that of their country. But if you don’t know a lot about Nigerian history, you may wonder about the accuracy of the film, which leaves the entire telling of the story to Abiola family members and their allies. The Supreme Price’s tight focus on one unambiguously good family’s fight against evil left me hungering for more complexity; for instance, Hafsat advocates for greater female participation in activism and government, yet the topic gets more lip service than exploration. Director Joanna Lipper does Hafsat’s story justice, but she miscalculates in thinking Hafsat can speak for all of Nigeria.