Friday, February 21, 2014

The Family Legacy" - A Drama about Sickle Cell Disease

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After finding out that an NHS funded short film inspired Tunde Kelani to make The Dazzling Mirage, I decided to look it up, and I could see why. I've decided to share it with you all. According to the makers of The Family Legacy, it is a drama which explores the impact that the birth of a child with sickle cell disease has on four generations of the same family.

As they struggle with the decisions and overcome their misconceptions and superstitions, they come to understand what the baby will mean for each of them.The story is drawn from the real-life experiences of people living with sickle cell disease and their carers.

In Part One...

New parents Simi and Femi, discover that baby Ayo is diagnosed with sickle cell disease. In denial, Femi refuses to acknowledge that he is the father of the baby and accuses Simi of having an affair.

In Part Two...

The family begins to realise what it means to live with sickle cell disease. Femi continues to refuse to take the test that would prove he is also a carrier of the sickle cell trait and therefore the father of the baby. Meanwhile the eldest family member Mama Yomi believes that the family's misfortune is the result of a curse due to someone's jealously!

In Part Three...

As the story unfolds we discover how various generations of the family are forced to re-evaluate their own relationships, their fears and misconceptions about the condition and how subsequent screening for sickle cell impacts on each of their lives and their plans for the future. What does Femi decide to do?


  1. I really really appreciate the effort our people, my people, are putting into raising awareness for #sicklecelldisease, more work still needs to be done but these are definitely great steps towards eradicating the stigma and nonchalant attitude our society has towards sickle cell warriors. It's been a long time coming though, I wish to really get into stuff like this, if anyone has an idea how I can go about linking up with people like these that are passionate about sickle cell disease in Nigeria, I want to advocate and raise awareness that will help the sickle cell community in Nigeria. Pls contact me via my blog: thanks! Thanks Myne for sharing stuff like this.

    1. Hi SCDBlessings, you can contact Tunde Kelani from the movie website

      More blessings to you too :)


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