SWEET SWEET CODEINE :: A BBC Africa Eye documentary

'Sweet Sweet Codeine' BBC Africa Eye documentary on Nigeria


In Nigeria in 2018, thousands of young people were addicted to codeine cough syrup - a medicine that's become a street drug. The Nigerian senate estimated that three million bottles of codeine syrup were drunk every day in just two states - Kano and Jigawa. But who makes this syrup? And who sells it to Nigeria's students? BBC Africa Eye went undercover to investigate. 


:: Nigeria's government banned the production of codeine cough mixture 24-hours after Sweet Sweet Codeine aired
:: Best TV Documentary, One World Media, 2019
:: Investigation Of The Year (Global), British Journalism Awards, 2018
:: Current Affairs - International nominee, Royal Television Society Television Journalism Awards, 2019
:: Investigative Documentary shortlist, Association For International Broadcasting, 2018
:: Over 2.5m YouTube views


:: Reporter: Ruona Meyer (Nigeria)
:: Undercover journalist: Adejuwon Soyinka (Nigeria)
:: Director: Charlie Northcott
:: Broadcaster: BBC Africa Eye