We are thrilled that our BBC documentary My Stolen Childhood presented by Brigitte Sossou Perenyi and directed by Paul Myles and Zoe Jewell from On our Radar has been honoured with an Association for International Broadcasting award (AIBs) in the human interest category.
Like thousands of other women and girls across West Africa, Brigitte Sossou Perenyi lost her freedom to an old and cruel practice that requires families to give a female child to a shrine as a means of appeasing the gods. My Stolen Childhood is the dramatic account of how she retraced her steps from slavery to rescue in Ghana.
Accepting the award, Brigitte spoke of how difficult it had been to tell her story but how important it had been to do so. “I always believed I was saved to share my story, to be able to inspire and impact others,” she said at the awards ceremony in London.
“I was silent for over 18 years. I didn’t want to talk about it because I was afraid of how others would receive my story. It’s still very much a taboo to speak out.”
Now in their 14th year, the AIBS are the international awards for factual content organised by the Association for International Broadcasting. They are firmly established as an important and well-respected annual competition for broadcasters and content producers the world over, who enter what they consider to be their best work in radio, TV and online.
Judges were impressed by the “incredible storytelling’ of My Stolen Childhood and called the programme “a potent film about wrongdoing that is easy to ignore within the context of African culture.”