MEET THE 2017 HOMEVIDA JURY!

Hello Guys,

We are super excited to present to you the 2017 Homevida Jury Yay!!

As you all know each year we bring together a selection of young, talented and vibrant individuals to serve as our judges for the short script competition and this year is not an exception.

This year we have a mix of new and old faces in the judging team who are young, inspirational individuals that are all committed to making a positive impact in the film industry.

Here is a list of the Judges and their profiles. Enjoy!

Chris Odeh is a passionate producer, project manager, ardent trainer, marketer and creative scriptwriter with over a decade of experience in the media and entertainment industry of Nigeria.

Born in Ibadan with a Mechanical Engineering background, Chris showed interest in the entertainment industry as he carved his teeth as a comedian, an event compere and stage play director with his christian youth group while in Kano.

He was part of the budding production crew of  Africa’s Pan-African talk show Moments with Mo in Lagos after which he moved to Abuja and worked with BBC trained Director Sebari Deite-Spiff and MNET New Direction Whiz Oliver ‘Tambo’ Aleogena where he produced and managed productions like 12:30 (feature length movie), ACGSF (Documentary for CBN) amongst others.

He won our hearts in 2011 when he won the “Best Child Friendly Film” Category for Homevida Awards with his script titled “ENITAN” a story about a girl that rose above her reading incapacity (dyslexia) to become an outstanding student.

Chris is also the founder of Sozo films; a one stop hub of creative and skilled story tellers with a mandate to inspire, educate and entertain. The company now has 3 installments with Abuja as the head office and others in Lagos and Kano. Sozo Films produces content for local and international platforms like MNET, Africa Magic, MYTV, Ibaka TV, Homevida,Ebony Life TV and a host of others.  Chris has also produced several movies some of which include: 12:30, Learning Curves, Make a Move, Oloibiri retold, Dise’s Secret, Once Upon a Wish, Dinner, Chasing Hanifa and the list goes on and on.

He is currently consulting for top-notch companies like Ramsey Films, Right Angel Productions, Red Star, PPDC and a host of others. Chris is happily married to his best friend of many years Joy and their union is blessed with two boys.

 

Linda Ejiofor made her entry into the world of acting in 2008, when she was cast as Bimpe in MNET’s Nigerian flagship soapie; Tinsel. Linda’s continued portrayal of this ambitious, mischievous and accident prone character helped charm her way into the hearts and homes of audiences all over the continent. Beginning in 2012 the Nollywood beauty began her venture into the big screens.

Her first foray was as the wild-eyed idealistic youth corper – Ejura in the award winning romantic comedy; The Meeting. Her performance as Ejura was widely acclaimed by fans and critics alike and Linda received several award nominations including an African Movie Academy Awards nod in 2013 for Best Supporting Actress. In March 2015, Linda Ejiofor walked away with the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2013, she starred in the psychological thriller; Secret Room. In 2015, Linda would land leading roles in two more films; A Soldiers’ Story and Out Of Luck. Released in December 2015, Out Of Luck was one of the top 20 highest earning films in Nigerian cinemas for the year.

Born in Lagos State, Linda hails from Abia State in South Eastern Nigeria. She is a graduate of Sociology from the University Of Port Harcourt. Her primary education was in Surulere, Lagos State, then she went on to the Federal Government Girls College, Onitsha.  Linda loves dancing, travelling, watching movies, reading and playing volleyball.

Some of her award nominations and wins include:

African Academy Movie Awards 2016 – Best Supporting Actress www.ama-awards.comAfrica Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards 2015 – Best Supporting Actress *WON* www.africamagic.tvBest of Nollywood Awards 2014 – Revelation of the year TV Actress*WON* www.bonawards.comAfrica Movies Academy Awards 2014 – Best Supporting Actress www.ama-awards.com  Rising Star Nollywood Movies Awards (NMA 2013) *WON*www.nollywoodmovieawards.tvExquisite Lady Of The Year Awards 2013 – Best Actress In A Movie www.exquisitemag.com

Away from the cameras, Linda is determined, disciplined and down to earth, but also has a great sense of humour and a zest for life.

Sam Anyamele is a Quintessential Thespian, Multi-Lingual, Multiple Award winning and Multi-Talented Performing Artiste cum Instrumentalist, an Actor/Director, a Motivator, Mogul, Model, M.C (Compere par Excellence), With membership at various related allied associations in the Creative Community / Culture Sector.

A Christian, Born in Lagos, Nigeria from Mkporobe-Asa in Ukwa East L.G.A of Abia state, Sam is the MD/CEO of  SUA-GLOBAL INFINITY CONCEPTS, who Produced / Directed “Spouse’s Secrets”  which was in Nigerian Cinemas from Friday June 30th  2017. 

Sam is a 3-time member of Jury for HomeVida Awards, a platform for young and enterprising filmmakers, he was a Celebrity Guest/ Regional Judge in a reality TV project (AMBO, 2009), he was one of the NOLLYWOOD DELEGATES for the celebration of NIGERIA @ 50 under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010, RISE’S Nominee for Nigeria Youth (BRF-2011), also an Associate Producer in THE NEXT MOVIE STAR in 2012, Google’s Guest on Nollywood/SID 2014-2015, a Guest Lecturer/Facilitator at the Centenary Project an initiative of The School Of Media And Communication, Pan-Atlantic University. These reality shows and engagements have identified, trained and groomed young vibrant talents / artistes in the Entertainment Industry and the Arts and Culture Sector at large.

Presently he is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Education, University of Lagos. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Alumni Association of the University of Lagos, Nigeria (Lagos State Chapter). With memberships at various related allied associations in the creative community/ culture sector, Sam holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Cultural Administration from National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), a Masters degree (M.Ed) in Educational Administration & Management from Unilag amongst others.

Ramsey Nouah Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah Jnr. began his acting career in 1990. His most widely recognised debut appearance as Jeff in popular Nigerian television soap opera, Fortunes, quickly established him as an act to watch. Since then, he has captivated audiences across Africa and beyond with his award-winning performances in hits such as Silent Night (1196), Dangerous Twins (2004), Figurine (2009) and most recently, the hit historical movie, ’76 (2014), among many others.

In 2014, he was unveiled as the first and only Nigerian Actor on the laudable Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee. Recognised for his excellent work and with a burning passion to contribute to the growth of the Nigerian entertainment community, Ramsey Nouah decided to expand his portfolio to include directing and producing, which led to the launch of his movie production company, Ramsey Films.

In his new capacity as producer/director, he acted and directed Last Caller, directed Brewed in Rwanda, co-directed 30Days in Atlanta (2014), as well as produced and acted in Elephant in the Room (2012). In the same year (2014), he gave a speech to the business community on entertainment at the globally recognised World Economic Forum, Switzerland. Later that year, he received the Outstanding Industry Contributors Award by Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF).

Ramsey Nouah is also passionate about giving back to the community; a passion which has earned him recognition by the united Nations for his philanthropic works.

A few of his awards include FNEI UK Best Actor in English Film (2003, 2004), City People Awards of Excellence Best Actor (2004), Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEA) Nollywood Best Actor (2007), Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) Best Male Actor Awards (2010), Naija Awards Best Actor (2010), Ghana Movie Awards Best Actor African Collaboration (2011), Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (GIAMA) People’s Choice Awards (2012), Nollywood Movie Awards Viewer’s Choice Awards (2012), among others.

Ifesinachi Okoli-Okpagu is a Lagos―based brand & innovation strategist and versatile writer, who has written TV and film content with local and international cast. She began her screenwriting and TV production career with the Pan-African television talk show, Moments with Mo, where she handled screenwriting in addition to a role as an Associate Producer. Since then, she has worked with several producers locally and internationally, supporting them to translate their vision to workable, breathing scripts. A few project titles she has worked on include Africa Magic’s ‘Hush’, Ebonylife tv film, ‘Dise’s Secret’ and upcoming Norwegian-Nigerian feature, ‘Lost Café

She is a three time jury member and script consultant on the Nigeria Film Integrity Awards for up-and-coming creative talents, Homevida, for two years running. She has also served as a juror on one of Africa’s most prestigious movie awards, Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, AMVCA.

BBC and British Council trained, Ifesinachi graduated from the University of Benin with a B.A degree in Fine & Applied Arts. She also has an MSc. Degree in Marketing Communication from the Pan-Atlantic University, where she graduated top of her class. She is the author of ‘The Domestication of Munachi’, a novel published by one of Nigeria’s notable publishing houses with award winning titles, Parresia Publishers. In 2016, Ifesinachi was listed as one of the 100 most influential Nigerian writers under 40 by the Nigerian Writers Awards.

Passionate about turbocharging the African creative economy, Ifesinachi founded the online job listing and casting site for entertainment people, Auditions.ng, which recently got invited to join the She Leads Africa (SLA) 2017 Oxfam Accelerator Programme. Auditions.ng makes it easier for job seekers in the entertainment industry to access jobs from wherever they are, by publishing casting notifications and sending hirers the profiles of talents that match required skills and attributes.

Ehizojie Ojesebholo is an international award winning digital film producer, writer, actor, & director.He graduated with a B.A.(Hons.) from Middlesex University in London.

Ehizojie is the CEO of Ceroms Media Productions Ltd and has over 17 years experience in the entertainment industry.His body of works include JIMI BENDEL, JAND HUSTLE, CASINO, CHILL PILL, JARA, 53EXTRA, AFRICA MAGIC ORIGINAL FILMS

His short film Chill Pill won the Focus Dialogue Prize at Sehsuchte International Film Festival in Potsdam, Germany in 2008. And his dark comedy titled Jand Hustle won the Efere Ozako-Best Experimental Film At The Abuja International Film Festival In 2013.

He is also a motivational speaker, a youth counselor, & film lecturer. Ehizojie is married to Ibironke; a writer, art director, educator, & producer. And they have four beautiful children.

WATCH OUT for the next post as we reveal the winners of the 2017 Short Script Competition!

Meet the Directors of the UNODC Short Films

About a month ago we profiled the winners of the 2014 HomeVida Short Script Competition in the Anti-trafficking in Person’s category endowed by the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) – click here if you missed it.

Now we bring you the people bringing the scripts to life!!!

Alex HulALEXANDER K. HUL

Alexandra K. Hul is a screenwriter and director inspired by her environment. She won the Public Conduct Prize endowed by the Code of Conduct Bureau in the 2012 HomeVida Short Script Competition, for her script titled – To Serve with all our Strength. Till date, it is still considered as one of HomeVida’s outstanding productions in creative messaging (Click here to watch)

She also wrote and directed the AFRIFF nominated short film‎ titled I-Games. Alex will be directing Lost Children‎

JosiahJOSIAH NELIAKU

Josiah Neliaku, an alumni of the New York Film Academy is a young upcoming director from Abuja, Nigeria. His passion for cinematography is always showcased in his works. He has directed several short films including The Speech which was produced in 2014. He is the Director for Kelechi.

ndu scottNDU SCOTT

Ndu Scott Anyanwu is a producer and director. At 33, he is the Chief Operating Officer of Spectrum Broadcasting Company Nigeria Ltd .His body of work includes: Learning Curves (Director & Executive Producer), Maigida season 1 and 2 (co-Producer), Chasing Hanifa (Co-Producer coming out soon), Perception (Director/Producer – coming out soon) and Taxi (Co-Producer). He will be directing the winning script, Homecoming.

The Homevida Ambassador is …….

Blossom

Its official! Award-winning Nollywood actor Blossom Chukwujekwu is the goodwill ambassador of HomeVida!!!

HomeVida is excited to be working with Blossom Chukwujekwu especially as he brings a reputation worthy of integrity and excellence. He is currently the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards 2015 Best Supporting Actor.

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Meet the winners of the 2014 Anti-Trafficking in Person’s prize

Last year, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) endowed the Best Anti-Trafficking in Person prize in the 2014 HomeVida Short Script Competition. This category highlights the issues surrounding child and women trafficking n Nigeria

As production for the movies kick off, meet the 3 young script writers who won last year:

1) Tunde Apalowo for ‘Lost Children’

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Tunde Apalowo is a self trained filmmaker and a cinephile. He studied Civil Engineering at the University of Benin, but has since abandoned it to pursue a career in film making. As a screenwriter, he has written a couple of scripts for MNET and other producers; and as a director, he has shot and produced a couple of short films. He is currently working on his first feature film.

2) Onyinye Muomah for ‘Kelechi

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Onyinye Muomah is a multiple award-winning writer and content producer. Her works include novels, short films and a play set for stage in 2016.

3) Brenda Ogbukaa for ‘Homecoming

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Chidinma Brenda Ogbukaa is a twenty five year old freelance screenwriter and blogger from Abuja, Nigeria with a degree in educational psychology. Her screenwriting experience includes two short films titled ‘If Only’ and ‘Homecoming’, which won the Best Screenplay category in the 2014 Nigeria Integrity Film Awards (HOMEVIDA). My first feature-length screenplay ‘Beauty of the Mind’ was nominated for Best Screenplay in the 2014 ZAFAA GLOBAL AWARDS. She was part of the writing team on the Africa Magic Hausa series titled ‘Ali’ and ‘HOW FO DO?’ a Ten-week Pidgin English public awareness TV drama highlighting the various strategies, deceptions and misinformation used during electoral campaigning to mislead potential voters, especially at the grassroots level as well as contribute to and promote meaningful participation of the citizenry in the 2015 Nigerian Election Process. ‘HOW FO DO?’ premiered on DTN, Channel 118, on Startimes and other networks in Nigeria and was sponsored by Open Society Initiative For West Africa (OSIWA) as part of its Electoral Campaign Project.

Congrats once again to all our winners!!!

 

Meet the Jury

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Every year, the Homevida jury comprises of young, vibrant individuals who are committed to making a positive impact in their society. Meet this year’s jury below:

BlossomBlossom Chukwujekwu

Blossom Chukwujekwu is currently the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards 2015 Best Supporting Actor. He made his acting debut in 2009 with the movie Private Storm and is best known for titles such as Knocking On Heavens’ Door, Flower Girl, Finding Mercy and Nigeria’s first ever Telenovella Taste Of Love.  Born in Benin City, Edo State, Blossom Chukwujekwu hails from Otolo, Nnewi North in Anambra State and holds a Bachelors’ degree in Mass Communications from the Benson Idahosa University.

Titi Akinsanmi 2Titi Akinsanmi

Titi is a non-techie techie with expertise in ICT policy and strategy. She holds a Masters in Management (Research Dissertation) from the University of Witwatersrand, specializing in Knowledge Management. Her experience spans both the public and private sectors leading and consulting for a range of regional and international institutions.  She served two terms on nomination of the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, on the Internet Governance Forum Advisory Group, and as High-Level adviser of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT for Development amongst other roles. A creative, she continues to be a part of the theater and film industry even as she manages Policy and government relations for the foremost Internet Company globally as part of a team in Africa. She has a range of publications on the issues of knowledge management, ICT4D and access, social media and the Internet ecosystem. She continues to actively engage on research and capacity building activities around Internet Governance in Africa initiating creative ways of engaging both Government, Civil society, the private sector and end users to understand, develop and implement policies that enable continuing innovation in the Internet sector.

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Oluseun Onigbinde is the co-founder of BudgIT and a Knight International Journalism Fellow. For the past four years, he has been at the forefront of leading the initiative of developing a public data visualization platform for Nigeria’s budget. An avid writer with greater enthusiasm for reading, he is the 2012 Future Awards prize winner for Science and Tech Innovation and also won an award at the 2012 World Summit Youth Award. BudgIT, his organization was listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the top five exciting African startups to watch out for in 2013.

Sam UcheSam Uche Anyamele

Sam Uche Anyamele is a multi-lingual multiple award winning and multi-talented performing artiste cum instrumentalist, an Actor/Director, a Motivator, Mogul, Model, M.C (Compere par Excellence). With membership at various related allied associations in the Creative Community/ Culture Sector. He was at a time a Regional Judge/Artistic Director for the rested Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO 2010) and an Associate Producer for The Next Movie Star, 2012 both programs are T.V. reality shows that have identified, trained and groomed young vibrant talents / artistes in the Entertainment Industry and the Arts and Culture Sector at large.

Ifesinachi OkoliIfesinachi Okoli – Okpagu

Ifesinachi is a versatile writer, who has written for screen and in other forms, including popular Nigerian blog, Bella Naija. With over five years of experience serving in various production capacities in the entertainment industry, she has written screenplays and scripts for studios, Pay TV channels and notable independent production companies including Amaka Igwe Studios, Ebonylife TV, Inspire Africa Productions, Temple Productions Limited, Grand Synopsis Media, among others. A Master’s degree graduate of Marketing Communications from the Pan-Atlantic University where she won the university prize for best graduating student, she has received several trainings in her area of expertise including BBC World Service Trust Creative Writing training, British Council Radiophonic training, Farafina Workshop and several other film production courses. Ifesinachi is also a published author whose works have appeared in local and international media.

Patrick EnaholoPatrick Enaholo

Patrick Enaholo is a member of faculty at the School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos where he teaches in the department of New Media and Design. He holds a PhD from the University of Leeds, UK. He is keenly interested in the development of the creative industries in Nigeria and has been involved in a number of projects in the film, music, digital media and animation sectors. To pursue these projects, he has worked with various international organizations and corporations including Samsung, Microsoft, Google among others. Recently, he helped set up the Centenary Film Project, in partnership with HomeVida and supported by Google. He is a film enthusiast and something of a perfectionist. When he is not thinking up new ideas, you would find him reading a novel, watching a movie or checking up the sports news.

Chris OdehChris Odeh

Chris Odeh is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Bayero University, Kano in Nigeria. He is a passionate Producer, Project Manager, Trainer, Marketer and a Creative Script Writer with over a decade of experience in the media and entertainment industry of Nigeria. He started up as an associate producer with pan-African TV talk show Moments with Mo on DSTV; where he was a part of the team that churned out more than 100 episodes. In 2011 he won the HomeVida Best Short Film Script in the child friendly category with the popular ‘Enitan

Isioma OsajeIsioma Osaje

Isioma Osaje is currently the Creative Director at Agency 106 & Co., a boutique firm which provides Talent Management and Agency services for practitioners in the Nigerian Film Industry. Isioma Osaje is also a budding film maker and works as an Associate Producer with The Audrey Silva Company. Her CV includes seven years of experience in journalism, radio broadcasting and public relations. Ms. Osaje holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree from Igbinedion University Edo State and is from Agbor-Obi, Ika South in Delta State.

Bukky OmoseniBukky Omoseni

Bukky Omoseni is a producer and media consultant with over eighteen {18} years’ experience in both Nigerian and International Companies. Over the years, he has worked with leading production companies in Nigeria such as Dudu Productions, IBST Media, HB Consolidated, Walterbanger 101 Productions and Micro Media Marketing to name a few. While in the Republic of Ireland, he worked as a Consultant to RTE; Ireland’s national television. Bukky also worked as a volunteer at Lucan’s Community Radio station ‘Liffey Sound FM’ where he hosted a multicultural talk show called ‘The Confluence’. He has worked with several government related agencies, companies and individuals to produce documentaries, adverts, films, soap operas and reality TV shows.

This competition is endowed by the Centenary Project and supported by Google

Nollywood Actresses take their voices to the streets…

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Yesterday, nollywood actresses Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett, Bimbo Akintola and Ufuoma McDermott gave a spectacular and surprising performance at the Oshodi Market in Lagos.

This was to create awareness for their upcoming annual production, Hear Word. Hear Word is a tragicomedy theatrical production highlighting the pains Nigerian women go through daily.

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Watch one of the videos of the stage production after the cut, their performances were exceptional!

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