WATCH HOMEVIDA SHORT FILM ‘DUE NETLIGENCE

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Thank God its Friday!

For your viewing pleasure over the weekend we bring you another Homevida Short Film Due Netligence. A Film written by Ajayi Olusegun Elijah is a story about how mistakes made can be built upon to produce a potential solution.

Due Netligence which stars Nollywood’s Femi Jacobs and Lucy Ameh won the Award for the 2016 Homevida Short Script Competition in the Promoting the Growth of the Digital Economy Category which was supported by Google.

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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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The 2016 Script Writing Workshop

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The HomeVida 2016 Script Writing workshop held last week at the School of Media and Communications, Pan Atlantic University and it was an exciting experience for everyone.The 2-day workshop organized by HomeVida brought together scriptwriters, film makers and CSOs to train them on the various aspects of scriptwriting as well as highlight the importance of inspiring change with a script.

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They were treated to various sessions facilitated by renowned Nollywood filmmakers and scriptwriters such as Sam Uche Anyamele, Ehizioje Ojesebholo, Ifesinachi Okoli-Okpagu, Chris Odeh and Ebele Enebeli.

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HomeVida partners, SACE were also present to give a brief insight into their program and how participants can address Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance Issues in film.

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Patrick Enaholo of the School of Media and Communication also took the participants through the Script Bank and its processes. The Script Bank is birthed from the Creative Film Project (an initiative of HomeVida and the School of Media and Communication) and is aimed at providing young and upcoming scriptwriters with a digital space to store their creative works and showcase them to a wider audience.

To wrap up the workshop on the 2nd day, the participants were presented with certificates of attendance by the Dean of the School of Media and Communication, Dr. Ikechukwu Obiaya.

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In 3 words, it was Fun! Fun! Fun!

Thanks to all our participants and facilitators and see more pics below:

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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!

Meet the Homevida 2016 Jury

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Every year, the HomeVida jury comprises of young, vibrant individuals, committed to making a positive impact in their society through the art of filmmaking and this year is not an exception. The members of the jury are:

Femi J

Femi Jacobs is one of the most sought after Nollywood’s leading actors. After discovering acting in 2006 as lead in his first feature film, Choices, he joined Tinsel as Eddie the lawyer in 2009.

He scored his first big break on the big screen when he landed the lead role in the widely acclaimed and multiple award winning romantic comedy, The Meeting. This movie earned the actor five nominations for Best Lead Actor including one at the Africa Movie Academy’s Award (AMAA), Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA), Screen Nation Awards UK, and the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA). He bagged Best Supporting Actor at the Best of Nollywood Awards 2014, and Best Actor, Comedy at the 2015 AMVCAs. He is presently the Safer Internet Ambassador for the HomeVida Safer Internet Campaign sponsored by Google.

Ehizojie

Ehizojie Ojesebholo is an international award-winning film maker. From 2013-2016, he directed over 50 episodes of Jara & 53Extra for M-Net Africa and also directed over 30 movies for the Africa Magic Original Films project.

With a degree in Digital Film Making from the Middlesex University London, Ehizojie has established himself as a family oriented content producer for television, web and cinema though his production company, Ceroms Media Productions Ltd which he runs with his wife-producer- Ibironke Ojesebholo.

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.

With over 17 years’ experience as a film maker, Ehizojie Ojesebholo likes to explore new technologies in entertainment, as well as sharing views and ideas with the younger generation.

Chris

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. He won the Best Child Friendly Category in the 2011 HomeVida Awards with the evergreen story about a young girl with a reading disorder, ENITAN.

Chris has produced several movies including Learning Curves, Make A Move, Oloibiri retold, Dise’s Secret, Once, Once Upon a Wish, Dinner, Chasing Hanifa, White Knight, Lost Café, to mention but a few. TV series in his credit include Taxi, Ali, Maigida, The Tai Show, The Dr. Ketch Show, Healthy Tips with Dr. Ketch, Magnus Kpakol gVA etc.

He also has a flair for documentaries where he has produced and directed biographies for icons like Arunma Oteh (DG of Securities and Exchange Commission), Rev. Kola Ewuosho (Founding Pastor – Fountain of Wisdom Ministries) and OSAS@50; a biopic of the MD and founder of Osas & Oseji (one of Nigeria’s leaders in the real estate business). He also produces documentaries and message tools for some international NGOs and organizations like WaterAid, ESSPIN, Sesame Square Nigeria, Sesame Workshop New York, Cultural Institut Francais Nigeria, Global Missions Board, Securities & Exchange Commission, Betterlife, HomeVida and more.

Chris Odeh co-­‐owns two indigenous content production companies Ibuzor Studios (Igbo TV and film production company) and Project Arewa (Hausa TV & film production company), these companies provide top-­‐notch content for major Pay-tv platforms like Africa Magic, GoTV, Startimes, MYTV and AMC. He is also the founder and lead coordinator of Filmville Club; a film club for kids and teens with mandate to prepare the next generation of African filmmakers.

Ifesinachi

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 career as an Associate Producer of a Pan-African TV show, Moments with Mo. A few of her screenwriting credits include Ebonylife TV’s short films, Dise’s Secret and Once Upon a Wish; Amaka Igwe Studio’s TV series, VIP; Iroko TV’s feature film, Trapped! and Africa Magic’s rave TV series, Hush.

Her first novel, Domestication of Munachi, a full length comedic novel depicting the irony of women, society and marriage, was published earlier this year by the notable publishers, Parresia Books.

Ifesinachi was educated at Queens College, Lagos, and then at the University of Benin where she obtained a B.A. in Fine and Applied Arts. Ifesinachi also holds a Master’s degree in Marketing Communications from the Pan-African University, where she graduated top of her class. She has written several short stories, some of which have been published in Sentinel Nigeria, the African Roar Anthology and Saraba Magazine.

This would be her second year serving as a script consultant and on the jury of the National Film & Integrity Awards―HomeVida.

Sam Uche

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. This would be his second year serving on the HomeVida jury.

Ebele

Ebele Enebeli is a renowned script writer and film maker. A graduate of Dramatic Arts from the Obafemi Awolowo University and Film making from the New York Film Academy, Ebele has written for major TV Series such as; African Magic telenovela Hush, Superstory, Alison Stand (Season 2), Spider and Dear Mother amongst others.

She is also the head writer and associate producer of AMVCA nominated Igbo series “Nduka”.

Watch out for the next post revealing the winners of the 2016 Homevida Short Script Competition!

Meet the Producer of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Short Film

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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’ and in 2015 he will be producing 3 short films in the Anti-Trafficking in Person’s category endowed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at the 2014 Homevida Short Script Competition.

See behind the scene photos of the films below:

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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!!!