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!

 

 

Create, Connect and Share Respect: A Better Internet Starts With You

Hey People,

Wanna learn about all the juicy details of our 2018 SID celebrations? Then you are in the right place.

The event which held at stonehedge hotel in abuja saw over 160 students in attendance from over 10 schools across the FCT and as well as thousands of students in all the 36 states in Nigeria.

The Executive Director National Film and Video Censors board Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, in his welcoming speech said this year’s Safer Internet Day celebration marked a milestone because it was celebrated across all the states of the federation.

A highlight of the event was when the ED made commitments towards ensuring that that SID is always celebrated in schools across the country and also that safer internet is incorporated in school curriculum.

He also noted that NFVCB is collaborating with the Ministry of Education to include Digital literacy in the Nigerian school curriculum which will go a long way in providing the youth with the basics in getting on with the trending digital innovation and also benefit from the digital environment as they  follow the laid down measure to sustain the internet provision which has a lot of benefits.

The Web Rangers Ambassador Fatima gave a brief presentation on her tenure which just ended. She gave the students and insight to how she became a web ambassador and all she has been able to achieve for the past two years, she also gave them a step by step explanation on how the become Web rangers.

The day featured cinema time where the students watched a movie while having popcorn ,there was an internet safety presentation where the kids answered questions and went home with lots and lots of gifts.

SID 2018 was a fun, educative and inspiring and the students had lots to eat and drink before heading back to their schools.

Here are some pictures from the event, ENJOY!

Safer Internet Day 2018. Create, Connect and share Respect: A Better Internet Starts with YOU!!!

Hey peeps!!!

It’s that time of the year again where we celebrate our annual Safer Internet Day and we are so grateful that we have been a part of this great cause. The Safer Internet Nigeria team in partnership with National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) with support from Google proudly presents Safer Internet Day (SID) 2018.

SID is a globally held event celebrated across the world on the second day of the second week of the second month of each year to promote safer and responsible use of the internet especially among young internet users.

Birthed in Europe in 2014, SID has grown beyond its traditional geographic zone and is now celebrated in over 100 countries across the world involving thousands of stakeholders to play their part in creating a better internet for everyone.

We have celebrated SID for three consecutive years now in Lagos State and this year SID 2018 will be celebrated in Abuja. Last year’s event was educative, Informative and fun. We had about 75 students from different schools across Lagos and the day featured the “Balloon Challenge”, a fun game created to tackle cyber bullying. The Students were also given advice from dignitaries and keynote  speakers on how to be safe online while enjoying all the benefits the internet offers.

The theme for this year is: “Connect, Create and share Respect: A Better Internet Starts with You and the event is set to hold on Tuesday, 6th of February, 2018. We are expecting 150 students from 10 public schools and 5 private schools across Abuja

We are super excited to announce that we will be expecting the Executive Director of National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) Alhaji Adedayo Thomas and the Minister of Information Lai Mohammed.

We are also happy to announce that this year we are syndicating the event in all 36 states across the country.

The aim of this yearly event is to sensitize everyone especially young people on the responsible use of technology in line with cyber security.

The event promises to be educative, informative and also entertaining with fun activities.

For more information about the event, follow us on Instagram/Twitter @saferinternetng and Facebook- Safer Internet Nigeria

Remember A Better Internet Starts with YOU!!!

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

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.

The winners of the 2017 Homevida Short Script Competition are…

 

The Jury has decided!!!

Hey guys, we are excited to announce  the winners for the 2017 Homevida short script competition. It was hard to select the winner as all scripts were captivating, interesting and creative but finally a winner for each category emerged!!! Homevida wishes to say a very big thank you to all the participant and advice that you all should never stop writing amazing stories.

This year Homevida received a total number of 119 scripts for countering hate speech/radicalisation and terrorism terrorism category supported by Google and 299 scripts for Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance (TAGG) category endowed by USAID-SACE.

After all the hard work and effort to reading 418 scripts, the 2017 Homevida Jury met and agreed on the following winning scripts.

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And the winner for Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance (TAGG) Category endowed by the Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement  (SACE) programme of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is…

Kehinde Oluwaseun for the script Dilemma Here is his profile

 

Kehinde Oluwaseun is a 23 year old screen writer/film and TV director. He received a B.Tech degree from the federal university of technology Akure in Industrial Design and is currently running a professional course training in writing and directing for film and TV. He started from writing short stories for publications and stage plays, before delving into screen writing professionally in 2015.

And the winner for Countering hate speech /radicalism /terrorism Category supported by Google is …

Michael Joseph Osabor for the script Man in the Mirror. Here is his profile

Michael Joseph Osabor is a 22 year old passionate writer from Edo State. He emerged the winner through the help of his mother who believed in his dream of learning the art of professional screenwriting and gave up a lot to see him through.

Big congratulations to all our winner and thanks to all who participated in the competition.

Safer Internet/Webrangers at 2017 Goge Africa Foundation (GAF)

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On the 8th of June 2017, Safer Internet/Webrangers Program supported by Google Nigeria for the first time, partnered with Goge Africa Foundation (GAF) to train over 3500 students from over 68 schools across Lagos State.  The event which was themed “Youth Against Violence” was held at the National Art Theatre Lagos with various other partners of GAF in attendance.

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The 9th edition of career guidance and counseling seminar 2017 was organised by GAF to ensure that youths are empowered, educated and guided towards making best choices in their everyday lifestyle.

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The event kicked off with a brief welcome remark and introduction from Ambassador Isaac-Moses, president GAF and Ambassador Nneka Isaac Moses, Vice president GAF respectively.

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The event was fun packed with several activities such as; interactive hubs, dance and drama. There were also presentations from the organisers where the students were advised on ways the youths can assist in peaceful resolution of conflict and saying “No” to Violence now and in the future.

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Webrangers program is geared at grooming teenagers to become online super heroes by creatively coming up with online positive messaging campaign that will drive the safer internet message across the country to ensure that their peers are safe online while enjoying all the benefits the internet offers.

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Ms Fatima Yunusa, the first ever Nigerian Webranger Ambassador from Queen’s college Yaba Lagos narrated her success story as a webranger. A short clip documentary of her story was shown to the students. Fatima addressed the students with an encouraging speech on internet safety and how to become a Webranger. According to her it was full of  fun and adventurous.

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Mrs. Titi Akinsanmi, the Public Policy & Government Relations Google addressed the students on the importance of staying safe online, she shared online safety tips with them and reminded them that whatever goes on the internet stays on the internet as the internet never forgets.

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According to Titi, the internet offers numerous number of good opportunities, however the intent of a person changes the way they act or react while using the internet.

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Therefore, this means that the internet is not bad but rather people use it to cause a lot of danger. However it’s paramount to remember that the internet never forgets. Stay safe online and enjoy all the goodies it offers. WhatsApp Image 2017-06-13 at 11.32.30

Many students showed great interest and applied to become webrangers. Anyone between the ages of 13 and 17 years old can also be a webranger. The following are easy steps on how to become a webranger

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The event was a success and the aim of the event was achieved as we continue to empower and build young  Ambassadors that will safeguard the internet.

See below more pictures from the event:

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REASONS WHY ATTENDING THE EMEA CHILD SAFETY SUMMIT WAS SIGNIFICANT

Back when I was in school at University of Wolverhampton, I always wanted to travel around Europe to see other countries but I never got the chance so imagine my excitement when I got the invitation to attend the EMEA child safety summit in Dublin. I was finally fulfilling one of my  dreams ☺ .

I immediately filled out the application and submitted for a visa but days turned into weeks till it was a day to the summit and I still hadn’t gotten my passport back. I had already lost hope when my husband said “why don’t you send them an email?” and long story short I got a call to come to the embassy and there I got my stamped passport yay!!

So you are probably thinking it was just a summit so why all the fuss? I’ll tell you why I thought attending the summit was so important.

First of all it was my first time in Ireland and even though I had been to England it was a different experience, for one I love their accent! plus I think they are bubbly friendly people I also think that the stereotype of the Irish loving alcohol is totally true (in a good way!). Only next time I’m in Ireland, I would be bringing a bit of the Nigerian sun with me…I was freezing!

Secondly as a mother of two boys my ultimate wish is that my kids develop well both mentally and physically and above all are safe. Children benefit enormously from the communication and information potential of the internet, however there are many issues which need to be addressed relating to the content on the internet which can be damaging to kids.

                                                                       My Boys and I

The two day summit focused on showing frontline practitioners how to protect children from online dangers. The summit which was organised by Google and facebook brought together academics, NGOs, charities and politicians to share their expertise and progress as well as new plans and products for child online safety.

The first day of the summit held at Google’s stunning office. entering into the office, the first thing I noticed was my name and names of other participants beautifully scrolling on the stairs  and I thought it was the coolest thing. We were then welcomed by their friendly and well dressed staff and after the registrations we were treated to a gorgeous display of tea and finger foods.

The day started with a speech by the Irish Minister for communications Denis Naughten. The minister gave a welcome speech and thanked everyone for their tireless efforts in making sure that young people are protected online.

There were a number of inspiring and motivating speakers who spoke about various skills, tools and products that can be used to ensure that kids are safe while using the internet, but one of my favourite moments that really resonated with me was a presentation by Ms Rachel Madden (Google public policy team) she presented about a new application created by the Google team for parents called “family link”.

With Family link parents can stay in the loop as kids explore their devices, the application was designed to help parents set digital ground rules that work for the family like managing apps that kids can use, keeping an eye on their screen time and setting bed time on kids device. The application was designed for kids under 13 and it allows parents control and monitor their children’s online activity till they turn 13.

After listening to her I thought “wow! how awesome is that” I was  excited about this because I had an incident with my 6 year old son were he asked for my phone to do his homework and when I picked it up to use, I tried to search for something online and realised that he had searched for the word “breasts”.  That incident left me constantly thinking of ways to ensure that he was safe and responsible while using the internet.  

Imagine my disappointment when I found out that “Family Link” was only created for the United States. I began to think about the fact that the Minister in his speech mentioned that Ireland had a minister for children and he also listed some legislations that were enacted regarding child safety. At that moment I realised that Nigeria and indeed Africa has some major obstacles to overcome in the area of child safety.

This brings me to the motivational speech by barrister Taiwo Akinlami, a total child development expert who advocates for securing a friendly and protective environment for children . Bar Akinlami shared his heartbreaking childhood experience and used it to illustrate why child protection should be given top priority in our societies. In his words “Children are not created to raise themselves”. His speech reflected the fact that he had a bad upbringing because of the kind of society in which he grew up in. he didn’t get adequate love and attention as a kid and that led to a whole lot of issues in his adult life.

Another focal point of the summit was the emphasis of making sure that parents are involved in their children’s online life. Like I mentioned about my son earlier, I couldn’t even scold him about what he did because I knew I hadn’t really given him the “internet safety talk”. I think it’s very vital for parents to ensure that the same values they give their kids offline should also be applied online.This is important  because children look up to us as their guide in life and making sure that they are safe is our topmost priority.

The second day of the summit organised by facebook held at its headquarters. There were talks on child sexual exploitation imagery, nudity, human trafficking and exploitation. It was interesting to see that facebook has done a lot to come up with policies and tools to ensure that kids are protected on social media.

There was another very important topic of discussion on bullying and resilience by Dr Sameer Hinduja. He showed us ways in which to prevent bullying and how to build resilience in kids using activities, movies and books. Bullying is another topic that is often neglected in this part of the world, we held a workshop recently on educating parents on online safety for their kids and one of the parents talked about her son that was being cyber bullied in school and he never had the courage to tell her about it, she only found out about it  from her friend’s son.

All issues regarding children should never be taken for granted because children are the future of our nation   what are we as parents, teachers and as a country doing to protect children from sexual material sexual solicitations, threats, and harrassments they encounter online?

Safer internet Nigeria is working tirelessly to ensure that this internet safety message is out there, we have celebrated safer internet day for two years running and we are also grooming webrangers in various schools across the country in becoming web ambassadors. But we can’t do it all so we have put together strategies that we intend to implement to ensure the government’s participation in this project.

Another great work from Africa is that of Child helpline an organisation that helps to establish, promote and strengthen child help lines everywhere so that children’s voices may be heard and their right to protection, provision and participation can be ensured.  Richard Ombono their sub-saharan representative took us through their inspiring website  (click here to watch their amazing video)

The summit had no long speeches, it was simply child care practitioners around the world connecting, sharing and helping each other to tackle child safety challenges.

The presenters spoke passionately and  brilliantly shared their expertise and best practice on key policy as related to child online safety which will enable participants and child care practitioners to become more effective in promoting a child protection focus in relation to the internet and new and emerging technologies.

Attending this summit has helped me gather crucial information, tips and ideas that will help my organisation and country in coming up with practical steps that will increasingly guide children’s online activity.

The speakers, the venue, the food and on-hand staff made my stay away from my kids worthwhile. I didn’t pay to attend this event and the credit goes to my Organisation Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC) and Google. I am glad i was part of such a rewarding experience.

 

This article was first published on medium and was written by Mbanan Mku

Mbanan Mku is a Safer Internet Fellow with the Nigeria Integrity Film Awards (Homevida) and is passionate about creating an online safe haven for kids.