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 …….

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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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Spotlight on the AMVCAs – Nominees for Best Actor in a Comedy

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The voting lines are closed and one of the most anticipated events of the year in Nollywood, the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCAs) is coming up this Saturday and a host of talented actors have been nominated. Today we will be looking at the nominees for Best Actor in a Comedy. Just looking at the face of Kunle Idowu aka Frank Donga, makes one reel with laughter, Kelechi Udegbe is also one to look out for, loved him from Ndani TV’s ‘Officer Titus‘ and i recently watched the trailer of Fundi-mentals, featuring Kenyan nominee, Gerald Langiri and it looked like a good watch.

Wale Ojo‘s character as a typical mid-class yoruba man living in the UK is hilarious and his performance is outstanding. Femi Jacob‘s character in ‘The Meeting‘ was my best as well. The expressions on his face whenever he was with Clara were always like “Obinrin oo ni pa mi” It’s been a while i watched a movie that featured Nonso Diobi but i enjoy his acting as well.

Now to my question … Who do you think will win???? 🙂 I have my answer but i want to know yours!

Let’s get talking people! Watch the AMVCA trailer for ‘Best Actor in a Comedy’ leave your comments below!!!