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.

WIVES ON STRIKE AND SILENT TEARS TAKE HOME ONE MILLION NAIRA EACH AT THE 8TH NIGERIA INTEGRITY FILM AWARDS (HOMEVIDA) + ALL THE JUICY GIST

The 8th edition of the Nigeria Integrity Film Awards, Homevida held on the 2nd of December at the Renaissance Hotel Ikeja in Lagos.

The event which started at 6:00 pm was a night full of fun, good music and good food. The evening started with a gorgeous display of cocktails and canapes which gave guests the opportunity to network and talk with acquaintances.

Present at the awards were film makers, film enthusiasts and the Director General of Nigeria Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, United States Government representative Marie Davydecko, Chief of Party USAID/SACE Charles Abani, Lead Public Policy and Government Relations Google, Titi Akinsanmi, and Nollywood Veterans including Omoni Oboli, Sam Uche Anyamele, Emeka Okoye amongst others.

This year’s thematic area for USAID/SACE was Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance (TAGG) while Google’s was Countering Hate Speech, Radicalisation and Terrorism.

The evening featured the premiere of the 2017 Homevida short films which are “Man In the Mirror” in the Countering Hate Speech, Radicalisation and Terrorism category supported by Google and “Dilemma” in the Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance (TAGG) category endowed by USAID/SACE.

Kehinde Oluwaseun a 23 year old screen writer wrote the script Dilemma for the TAGG category and Micheal Osabor a 22 year old writer wrote the script “Man In The Mirror” for the Countering hate speech category and they were both awarded at the event with a plaque and cash price of N250,000 each.

This year’s Award show highlighted the impact Homevida has on the film industry in Nigeria, this is evident in the short film “Gana Street League” which was written, funded and produced by the 30 script writers that were shortlisted to attend our script writing workshop. These Young and talented film makers took what they learnt from the workshop and made a movie which was premiered at the awards.

For the Feature Film and Documentary Category, Wives on Strike by Omoni Oboli won the award for Best Feature Film, Wives on Strike was nominated along side Politics and Money by Micheal Nwankwo. One of the nominated documentaries pulled out leaving Silent Tears by Ishaya Bako.

The night ended with lovely classic music by Guchi Tenor and lots of pictures and dancing.

Congrats to all the Winners and thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of this event

To be a part of Homevida 2018 kindly send a mail to info@homevida.org

Enjoy some pictures from the event!

 

Vote for Your Favorite Feature Film to Win N1 Million Each at the 2017 HomeVida Awards!

The nominations for the best feature film and documentary that promote Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance (TAGG) have ended and we would like to thank everyone who nominated. This year, we had a total number of 122 movies nominated; 107 Feature films and 15 Documentaries.

After thorough deliberations by the jury in making sure these films best fit the criteria set out, the feature films shortlisted were;

Wives on Strike produced by Omoni Oboli

To watch click here 

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Politics and Money produced by Michael Nwankwo 

To watch click here 

And for the documentary;

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Silent Tears produced by Ishaya Bako 

To watch click here

However, the second shortlisted documentary withdrew from the competition.

We are not leaving you out the voters… The first 15 voters get tickets to the 2017 HomeVida Awards! (For Lagos Residences Only).

What are you waiting for? Hurry now and vote and give your favourite feature film the chance to win N1 million naira. Simply click here to vote.

Voting closes by 2pm on the 2nd of December, 2017 and winners would be announced at the awards.

FEATURE FILM NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR #HOMEVIDAAWARDS2017

Know any Nigerian film or documentary that promotes Transparency, Accountability and Good governance? Here is your chance to help them win a whooping N1,000,000 (One Million Naira) each.

Homevida in partnership with United States Agency for International Development (USAID/SACE) is raising awareness on these issues as a medium to influence citizens to engage and demand for good governance.  This is in a bid to stir up interest in the audience to enquire and participate in what goes on in their policies and society.

Nominations are now open and it’s your chance to nominate your favourite film and documentary promoting these issues to win big at the 2017 Nigeria Integrity Film Awards (Homevida).

Simply visit our website www.homevida.org to submit your nominations.

Hurry NOW! Nominations end on the 20th of October 2017.

Oloibiri and Nowhere to run win big at the 7th edition of Homevida Awards + photos & scoop

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On Saturday the 10th of December 2016, the 7th edition of Nigeria Integrity Film Awards took place at Oriental Hotel Victoria Island Lagos. It was a night of fun and excitement as the audience were treated to electrifying performances by Waje and Timi Dakolo.

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The event kicked off with a cocktail at 6pm presenting networking opportunities among the guests present. Some of the guests include the Director General, National Film and Videos Censors Board (NFVCB), Patricia Bala and United States Government Representative, Peter Hansen. Nollywood came out in their numbers with the presence of actors and producers such as Olu Jacobs, Hilda Dokubo, Uru Eke, Rogers Ofime and  Blossom Chukwujekwu.

Hosted by the beautiful Dorcas Shola Fapson and the eloquent Ofi Ejembi, the theme of this year’s awards focused on Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance endowed by USAID SACE and Promoting the Digital Economy supported by Google.

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One of the highlights of the event was the premiere of the 2016 Homevida Short films ‘In Apathy’ endowed by USAID SACE and ‘Beautiful Mistake’ supported by Google. The script writers were not left out of the pizzazz as they were presented with their awards. The short script winners are Oladipo Awelenje (writer of ‘In Apathy’) for the Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance endowed by USAID SACE;  Jennifer Agunloye (writer of ‘Beautiful Mistake’) and Ajayi Olusegun (writer of ‘Due Netligence’) for the “Promoting the Digital Economy” category supported by Google.

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In the Feature Film and Documentary Category, ‘Oloibiri’ by Rogers Ofime, won the Best feature Film in Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance while ‘Nowhere to Run’ sponsored by the Shehu Musa Yaradua Foundation, won the  prize for the Best Documentary in Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance. Both prizes were endowed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Oloibiri was shortlisted for the prize alongside Uru Eke’s debut production ‘Remember Me’ while ‘Nowhere to Run’ was shortlisted alongside Kayode Ogundamisi’s ‘Coping with Boko Haram’.

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Thanks to everyone who participated in Homevida 2016, to be a part of Homevida 2017, please send a mail to info@homevida.org

Congrats to all winners and nominees! See more images from the event.

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Time to vote for your favorite Feature Film and Documentary to win N1,000,000 each!

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It’s finally here!

You nominated and we have chosen!

Nominated for the Best Feature Film in Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance are:

Oloibiri by Rogers Ofime

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Remember Me by Uru Eke

And for the Best Documentary in Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance we have:

Nowhere to Run by The Yaradua Foundation

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Coping With Boko Haram Part 1 & 2 by Kayode Ogundamisi

How to Vote? Easy!

Simply click here to vote for your favorite movie and documentary that addresses issues in Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance.

Voting closes on the 10th of December, 2016 at exactly 3pm.

What are you waiting for? Hurry now and vote!

The 2016 TAGG Prize is endowed by the USAID funded project – Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE)

 

THE HOMEVIDA 2016 JURY DECIDES!

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After putting in lots of effort and sleepless nights to reading 88 scripts, the 2016 Homevida Jury met on the 3rd of September to deliberate on the scripts and choose the winners (Click if you missed it).

It was an intense year with lots of creative and inspiring scripts in both categories, but at the end of the day, we got our winners!

  • Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance (TAGG) Category

dipoDipo Awelenje for the script “In Apathy”

Awelenje Oladipo Nurudeen is a 23-year-old writer, director and video editor. A graduate of the university of Ibadan, he directed a short film “Desolation” which was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2014 Nollywood Movies Awards.

He currently resides in Lagos State.

  • Promoting the Growth of the Digital Economy

This category produced two winners

ajayi-olusegun-picture-homevidaAjayi Olusegun for the script “Due Netligence

Ajayi Olusegun Elijah is a screenwriter and filmmaker. He studied Biochemistry at Lagos State Polytechnic in 2013 before proceeding to study Cinematography at Rhoda Youth Centre, Ikorodu. He has written several short scripts and one feature length script and is presently pursuing a career in screenwriting and directing.

jenniferJenny Agunloye for the script “Beautiful Mistake”

Jennifer Agunloye is a graduate of petroleum technology from the University of Jos and the pioneer of an online girl inspiring forum called GIST (Girls in search of truth). She has written a number of documentaries, short films and stage dramas and is presently working with a media house in Abuja.

In addition, 30 entrants (including the winners) will be invited to a 2-day scriptwriting workshop at the Pan-Atlantic University, school of Media and Communication, where they will be coached by seasoned scriptwriters, actors and directors and script writing.

Congratulations to all our winners!