Safer Internet Day 2019!

Hey People,

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Remember we said we will bring you all the juice from the Safer Internet Day celebrations? Well we kept to our word so here it goes.

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This year SID 2019 held at Ventures park somewhere in Maitama Abuja, with over 100 students in attendance, thousands of Students from 32 states in Nigeria were not left out either. We also had policy makers from Ministry of Education and Communications in the room together with representatives from Google.

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The day started off with a panel discussion where the Webranger Ambassadors launched their online safety APP called WebSafe-X which was created and designed by the Ambassadors and is currently available on Android, IOS and Microsoft play stores.

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The highlight of the event was the public announcement of the collaboration between The  Public and Private Development Centre  and Nigerian Educational Research Council (NERDC) to adopt an online safety course in Nigerian school curriculum, The initiative which is supported by Google aims to ensure that every Nigerian child has knowledge of how to be safe online.

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The Students present had a lot of fun during the break out sessions, they were required to creatively pass across an  online safety information using art, drama, spoken words and skits. The webranger clubs present at the event also presented very funny but educational drama’s on how to be safe online specifically  on sharing personal information.

The students were also treated to a screening of the Nigerian Webrangers Documentary while they snacked on popcorn and drinks. The Documentary gave them first hand information on how to become webrangers, it benefits and what it entails.

The webrangers programme is an initiative of Google where young people are termed “Web Superheroes” and are required to save the internet from danger in fun, creative but also educational ways.

Do you want to be a Webranger and save the cyberspace? It’s easy! Just follow these steps ⇓

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There were lots of questions and students who answered went home with lots of gifts.

It was indeed a fun and educative day, and the Students had lots to eat and drink.

Here are some pictures from the event, ENJOY!

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WCW of the week…

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Hey guys, we are back with our #WCW

So on this edition of #wcw we have a big crush on the award winning filmmaker, director, producer, mentor and actress Remmy Njoku. she made her acting debut in the 2004 Nollywood movie ‘Home Sickness’, which she featured alongside with Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha. She came to limelight after featuring in popular Nollywood blockbuster ‘Blackberry Babes’ in 2011. Between 2011 and 2013, she and her husband Mr Jason Njoku produced iROKtv, a YouTube platform that features interviews with Nigerian celebrities, as well as coverage of Afrobeats and Nollywood events. In 2015, she became Chief Content Officer at IROKO Partners. By March, she held her first world premier for her film Thy Will Be Done at the BFI IMAX London, the first ever Nollywood film premiere in IMAX.

Remmy is a strong woman  who has accomplished a lot in Nollywood both on the national scene and international scene and has paved the way for young women in Nollywood. Her story is an example that you can do anything you want to if you put your mind to it.

And that’s why she is our Woman Crush! 

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SAFER INTERNET DAY 2019 – TOGETHER FOR A BETTER INTERNET

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Hey guys!!!

So it’s that time of the year again when we celebrate our annual Safer Internet Day (SID) and we are so grateful that we have been a part of this great cause. As you may know SID was  birthed in Europe in 2004 and has since spread rapidly to over hundred countries across the world.

SID is aimed at promoting the safe and responsible use of the internet especially among young internet users.

We have successfully celebrated SID for three consecutive years now and last year we expanded our reach to the 36 states in Nigeria.

The campaign slogan for this year “Together For A Better Internet” is a call to action for all stakeholders to join together and play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, and especially for younger users.

This year, in addition to celebrating across the 36 states including FCT Abuja, we will also launch the webrangers online safety Application which is published on Android, IOS and Microsoft stores.

We will also have policy makers in the Education and Communication sector in the room who will be discussing in a panel session the importance of online safety in Nigerian schools.

We can assure you that the day will filled with fun and educational activities so make sure you check back to find out how it all went.

For more information about the event, follow us on Instagram/Twitter @disi_nigeria and Facebook- DISI Nigeria

Remember A Better Internet Starts with YOU!!!

Here are some pictures from last year’s event. Enjoy!!

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4th Republic: The Movie

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Happy New Year Guys,

We hope Y’all enjoyed the holidays!

We were looking through 2019 movie trailers and came across “4th republic the movie”  which is Produced by Bem Pever, written by Zainab Omaki, Emil B. Garuba and directed by our very own Ishaya Bako who was the winner of our 2017  documentary category for his documentary Silent Tears.

4th Republic highlights the challenges a strong woman (Mabel), played by Kate Henshaw faces as she seeks to attain a seat of Government in Nigeria to foster justice and democracy and basically change the political scene in Nigeria positively, The movie also shows how difficult it is for women to hold high offices in government.

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We did some research and found that about 50% of the population in Nigeria is female yet only about 6% of Federal legislative positions are occupied by women and more interesting is the fact that in the history of Nigeria no Female has ever held a Gubernatorial position.

The movie is star studded with the likes of Kate Henshaw, Linda Ejiofor, Bimbo Manuel and many more. 4th republic would soon grace our screens and it’s definitely one you should watch out for!!! We would keep you posted on the release date. See trailer here

9th edition of the Nigeria Integrity Film Awards Homevida

Hey guys The 9th edition of the Nigeria Integrity Film Awards Homevida held on the 6th of December at the Jabi Lake Mall, Abuja. The Awards was a night filled with good music, good food, friends and partners.  

The awards had in attendance the director general of Nigerian Film Corporation, Chief of Party USAID/SACE Charles Abani, Titi Akinsanmi who is Google’s Lead Public Policy and Government Relation, Reboot’s regional director for Africa Adam Talsma, Nollywood Veteran Sam Uche Anyamele who was also the MC for the night.

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As you may know, HomeVida has focused on providing incentives to young script writers and filmmakers which has birthed the production of 24 Homevida Short Films. However, this year, we expanded our scope and launched the Internet for all Campaign with support from google, to include other forms of art, such visual arts, skits and spoken words videos, which birthed the #internet4all competition, we called for entries for skits and spoken word videos which highlights the economic and socio- cultural benefits of the internet.

The winner Mr. Akwuruaha Ikenna received a cash prizes of  ₦250,000 while the 2nd and 3rd Ms. Anita Abada, and Mr. Joel Adegboye went home with ₦150,000 and ₦100,000  at the award, the winning skit was screened  at the awards see link here.

 

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Another highlight of the event was the Homevida impact documentary which was screened for the first time.  The documentary  highlighted Homevid’s past award winners and the impact of Homevida has had on their professional lives and the Nollywood Industry see here.

To be a part of Homevida 2019 kindly send an mail to info@homevida.org

Enjoy some pictures from the event!

 

 

The power of film in fighting suicide by Nnenna Eze

 

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Recently, I was going through my instagram feed and i saw a video of a man who almost commited suicide and was rescued by the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) and what really got my attention was the way the man was being dragged like a thief by the LASWA officials. For the fact that someone wanted to end his life means he was going through so much, he probably looked for help but was not taken seriously or just couldn’t find the right place to ask for help. Some of us may say ‘is it not the same problem we are all facing in the country?’ but we must remember that not everyone is the same.

Growing up in Nigeria i was never educated on depression or mental health, in fact to me at that time it was one of those ‘white men illness’ you know? One of those thing we only see in American movies.  According to this report by World Bank released earlier in the year, 22% of Nigerians exhibit depressive symptoms.

Depression is beyond feeling moody, sad or a bit under the weather, it is a serious mental illness which affects millions of people and  requires medical attention. Depression affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. A person suffering from depression may have trouble carrying out normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes may feel as if life isn’t worth living which is why they feel suicide is the only way out.

In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) ranked Nigeria as the leading country with the highest number of people suffering from depression in Africa with 7,079,815. This rate is even more alarming because there are no adequate facilities and medical assistance put in place in Nigeria to help combat this illness. According to WHO, less than 10% of people who are depressed get diagnosed or treated effectively in Nigeria . Also, WHO’s statistics show that as at 2006, there were only 42 psychiatrists per 100,000 citizens and 20 psychologists per 100,000 in Nigeria, read more here. This could be one of the many reasons Nigerians are afraid to seek for assistance.

Asides this, there is little awareness on issues like this in Nigeria. We are not taught about this in school and we are rarely encouraged to come forward when we experience symptoms like; anxiety, feeling of hopelessness, sadness, and frequent thoughts about death. I remember when i was in secondary school, i used to feel sad a lot of times, sometimes i just wanted to get angry at someone just so i could be sad and cry and other times i just wanted to be on my own and alone. I didn’t realise until now that i was going through something more serious than just mood swings and even now saying it out loud makes me feel like i was kinda crazy. This is why most Nigerians would never come out to seek medical or professional help.

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I have always admired the sense of pride Africans have but sometimes we need to put that black man pride to the side and tackle the issues like this so that more people can speak up.

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In Nigeria commiting suicide is a criminal offence, but i personally think the law should be amended and the government should consider rehabilitation instead of jail time for people who try to commit suicide. The problem still remains that there are no policies, facilities or adequate assistance provided to tackle mental health issues in Nigeria.

Although there are few initiatives like the Nigerian Suicide Prevention Initiative which provides talk therapy to patients who call in or chat them, they also provide face to face therapy sections when needed.

 

WhatsApp Image 2018-09-03 at 12.26.45 PM.jpegRaising awareness is very important and would go a long way in reducing the stigma attached to mental illness in Nigeria and a good way of raising awareness which would have a big impact is through film. The award winning American Netflix series “13 reasons why” which broke the internet upon its release last year because of its powerful message and the level of awareness it raised on suicide, is a good example of how  movies can be used as an educational tool or the Nigerian series Shuga Naija which is a multimedia campaign which educates youths on HIV, safe sex and teen pregnancy. According to this article by the Daily News, a study completed by Northwestern University similarly suggested that the impact of “13 Reasons Why” may have been more positive than negative. The study found that the show fostered communication between kids and their parents about suicide. The show also raised awareness among teens regarding issues ranging from depression to bullying. This is why platforms like  Homevida, are constantly driving for key societal issues to be highlighted through film and art because it is considered the best methods to educate people on various socio-cultural issues and depression and suicide are some of those issues.

The Nollywood industry today is the biggest film industry in Africa and the third largest film industry in the world, which is why the huge role they have  to play in ensuring adequate awareness cannot be overemphasized. We need more buzz both online and offline about such issues.

Nigerians have to understand there is absolutely no shame in seeking for assistance when these symptoms are noticed. The role Nollywood and the entire entertainment industry has to play is extremely important and more films should be made in other to increase more awareness.

 

This article was first published on Medium and written by Nnenna Eze

Nnenna Eze  is a communications officer with the Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC) and is passionate about positive global change.

Stand a chance to win big at the Homevida #Internet4All competition

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Hey guys!

The long wait is finally over and the Homevida team is pleased to announce the 2018 Homevida Competition .

Over the years, we have focused on providing incentives to young script writers and film makers which has birthed the production of 24 Homevida Short Films. However, this year, we are expanding our scope to include all forms of art, starting with skits and spoken words.

We are hereby excited to announce the call for skits and spoken word videos that creatively portray the theme: The Impact of the Internet on Economic Growth and Prosperity

What are we looking for?  

We are looking for videos that highlight the use the internet to incite hate speech towards using the internet to improve the quality of our economic and socio-cultural lives. We are focused on the positive uses of the internet to raise awareness on how the internet can be an enabler for improving the quality of life from different perspectives. Participants must produce a video (not longer than 3 minutes) that creatively conveys their ideas on how the internet can be used for socio-economic growth (either through a skit, or spoken words) with the caption or hashtag #Internet4All and #HomevidaImpacts.

Entries for this competition must be original and creative so have fun with your videos and be yourself.

Winners of this competition would be walking away with  N250,000, N200,000 and N150,000…  you don’t want to miss this!!!

Click here to view the criteria for submission. We can’t wait to see all your creative submissions!

This competition is supported by Google