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Exposing Nigeria’s cough syrup crisis, for my brother

When journalist Ruona Meyer’s brother became addicted to cough syrup, she put her life at risk to investigate Lagos’ black market trade in codeine.

Nigerian Ruona Meyer was inspired by her famous journalist father – Godwin Agbroko - to become an investigative reporter like him. When he was killed, her grieving brother became addicted to codeine cough syrup. Ruona – clad in bullet proof vest and blue lipstick – risked her life to uncover the black market trade in the medicine that’s become a street drug. Her documentary Sweet, Sweet Codeine has been nominated for an Emmy.

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Image: Ruona Meyer
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