Homevida 2019 Competitions Are Here!!!

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It’s that time of the year again!!!.

With the recent issues around rape and sexual abuse in Nigeria, Homevida has decided to run a competition on the above topic with the aim to educate and raise awareness and also give an avenue for the young talents to express themselves and win cash prizes as well 🙂  

On that note, we are looking for talented and creative scriptwriters, skit and spoken word artists between the ages of 16-35 with the ability to capture your audience?

We are calling out to you guys to send in your original scripts and skits & spoken words that promote;

  • Rape and Sexual Assult- supported by Luminate and Google 

And guess what? This year, we are dishing out a whooping sum of  N250,000 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) to two winners in the short script category and the winning scripts get turned into short films!!! Also, the 1st and 2nd places in the skit and spoken word category would go home with the sum of N150,000 and N100,000 Naira respectively 

C’mmon! Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this? We bet you would. To stand a better chance of winning please ensure to read the criteria. Send in your original scripts here and skits & spoken words here, to view the criteria and upload your entries. Entries close September 30, 2019.

 

MOVIE FEATURE; I AM NOT CORRUPT

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Anyone who knows Nadine Ibrahim and the work she does knows that social commentary is a path she is willing to thread over and over again. This is evident with her previous short films such as Tolu and Through Her Eyes. And if you think her most recent work is any different, you are mistaken. I Am Not Corrupt is Nadine’s new film which goes even further into uncharted territory – Nigeria’s political scene.

Starring Mofe Duncan and Rita Edwards, we listen in on a conversation that occurs between a politician and a market woman who take turns accusing each other of contributing to the country’s deplorable state. 

The politician says, “Your children call me names, hash this, tag that, but when I ask for their audience, all I get is radio silence”. He goes on to add that, “You keep pointing fingers, yelling ”missing taxes” but let’s be fair, do you actually pay your taxes? Me, I am not corrupt.”

The market woman replies the politician with an equally compelling perspective, she cites the daily experiences of ordinary Nigerian citizens saying, “You remember mama Emeka, the one who stood for you? She died of a heart attack because of you. She lost her source of income because of you and no selling by the roadside. That woman died in many ways than I can even count”. She adds, “Her first son died because your hospitals are nothing but morgues. They wouldn’t touch him unless you grease their palms.”

In a country like Nigeria where there is a big chasm between the ruling class and the masses, Nadine’s new short film brings both parties to the table and makes alogical conversation possible. watch short film here

Source: Everyday.ng

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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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.

Watch out movie of the week: Foreigner’s God

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Who else is excited to see the period piece Foreigner’s God? I know i am.

So not only is this movie star packed with some of nollywood’s best Actors like,  Ini Dima-Okojie, Sharon Ooja, Linda Osifo, Annie Idibia, Toyin Abraham, Lala Akindoju and Kunle Idowu. it also stars super veterans like Pete Edochie, Onyeka Onwenu and Sam Dede. We are also going to see an appearance from the famous Big brother Naija double wahala couple BamBam and Teddy A

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The movie which is centered in Nigeria’s colonial era tells a love story filled with twists and turns of an  English documentary photographer who falls in love with a Nigerian girl who was accused of being a witch living under subhuman conditions, in a witches lair  in the middle of the jungle.

Though an official trailer is not out yet but our minds can’t help but wonder and imagine what a beautiful, powerful and culturally filled movie this would be.

Kudos to director Ifan Ifeanyi Micheal and we can’t wait to see this Movie!