The Shouters and the 'Control 'Freak' Empire

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This thought provoking documentary produced jointly by emerging Trinidadian-Nigerian filmmaker Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade and Nigerian criminologist Professor Onwubiko Agozino questions power and social control through exposing the central conflict between Euro-centric and Afro-centric religions.

This film exposes the schisms inherent in the unhappy marriage between the secular and the sacred, first offering a socio-historical context as it re-visits the 1917 - 1951 Prohibition Ordinance on the “Shouter” Baptist religion of Trinidad & Tobago but it goes further by daring to challenge laws that legislates against a belief system, questioning the real causes and the effects of such legislation both on members of the faith and the general public.

This film intertwines Christianity with African cultural practices, it juxtaposes Euro-centricism with Afro-centricism and it restores a voice to the voiceless in a film that is compellingly visual and profoundly enlightening.

Oyetayo Raymond Ojoade, Trinidadian-Nigerian film director has produced and directed seven documentaries. His film Shouters and the 'Control Freak' Empire won The Best International Short Documentary Award at the Colombia Gorge Film Festival in 2011 and The Madonna Murti won The Best Shorts Competition 'Awards of Excellence' in La Jolla, California in October 2012 and the Indie Fest 'Awards of Merit' in November 2013.

He has a Bachelor of Technology in Industrial Design (graphics) from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University of Technology, in Bauchi, Nigeria and a Bachelor of Arts in Film from the University of the West Indies (UWI).

He is currently working on another thought provoking documentary entitled From Adam's Rib.

Sharon Syriac is currently a Communications lecturer at the University of Trinidad and Tobago and a Cultural Studies postgraduate student at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. She has twice won scriptwriting awards from the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company for The Madonna Murti (2008) and From Adam’s Rib (2011). 

In the 1980’s, Sharon attended Holy Faith Convent, Couva, where She excelled at English Language and English Literature. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, then a Master of Arts in Literatures in English and another Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Fiction) all at the University of the West Indies, She discovered that her interest in writing led her almost naturally towards scriptwriting.  Sharon's education taught her how to channel her passion. This led her to ‘how’ to create.



Episkopus Archbishop Barbara Burke

Archbishop Mother Monica Randoo

Executive Producer

Onwubiko Agozino


Conrad Parris

Sigmond Cromwell

Directed by

Onwubiko Agozino

Oyetayo Ojoade

Written by

Sharon Syriac

Director of Photography
Oyetayo Ojoade

Oyetayo Ojoade


  • Judah Spiritual Baptist Church
  • Mt. Hope Spiritual Baptist Church
  • Mt. Pisgah Spiritual Baptist Church
  • St. Michael Spiritual Healing School

Photographs / Artwork

Oyetayo Ojoade

Special Thanks To
The University of the West Indies