We are back with our MCM of the week…

Hey guys,

Been a minute right… we missed you all too!!! 🙂

So on this edition of #MCM we have a big crush on the  award winning filmmaker, director and actor Udoka Oyeka, For those of you who watch TINSEL you may know him as the “scheming yet handsome” Tsav.

Before he landed the big role in the hit series TINSEL he had accomplished and received numerous awards both nationally and internationally.  He released his first feature “ZR-7 (The Red House Seven)” in 2011 which was nominated for Best Child Actor at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in 2011. After this feat he went further in the film industry to produce other award winning pieces such as “Down and Out” ,  “Living Funeral”, and “No Good Turn”

Over the years Udoka has received over 10 nominations from the prestigious Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) and Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) and screenings for prestigious film festivals such as; Cannes Film Festival 2014, Durban International Film Festival 2014, Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles 2014; the African Film Festival New York 2014, Zimbabwe Film Festival 2014 and the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) 2014.

Udoka is one man with who has accomplished a lot in nollywood both on the national scene and international scene.

And that’s why he is our Man Crush!

 

Looking to apply to a Film Festival???

Happy new year peeps!!!

This year, we are bringing something new and exciting to you guys… as we keep you posted on our activities, we would also keep you updated on various film opportunities out there. 

So there are a couple of  international film festival competitions currently ongoing and we know y’ll are film enthusiast so check them out and see which one suits your area of expertise   

Feel free to interact with us on twitter @homevida, IG @homevidaawards and Facebook @Homevida also check out our updates as time goes on cause this yer we are coming with a bang!!! 

See some of the ongoing competitions below:

  1. Aesthetica  for short film – Deadline 31st May 2018
  2. DC Web Festival for Web Series – Deadline 31st January 2018.
  3. Web Fest Berlin for web series – Deadline 04th March 2018.
  4. Shooting People for short film – Deadline 31st January 2018. 
  5. Norwichfilm Festival for short film
  6. Brussels short film festival – Deadline 8th February 2018
  7. Toronto shorts international film festival  – Deadline 31st January

 

Webrangers!! Raising Online Super Heroes In Nigeria

Since I was a child I’ve always loved taking care of my younger ones. I come from a family of five girls and a younger brother. Having no older male sibling gave people the impression that they can intimidate my siblings and I any how they see fit. That impression gave me the courage and push to always stand up and defend my siblings against bullies both at school and in our neighborhood.  Although very quiet, I managed to use my quietness to really strategize on the best ways to protect my younger ones without being violent. At school I would hear whispers like “don’t look for her trouble or that of any of her siblings, only God knows what she is thinking”’. That made my classmates call me some unpleasant names that I can’t even write down.

My early experience  of having to protect myself and my siblings led me  down the path of always looking out for children both informally and formally. As a pharmacologist by degree, I adopted a new skill which enabled me carry out my volunteering work in different child care centers. I also worked as an Au pair not just for the money but because of my love for children and my desire to keep them safe.

Few years ago I got harassed and bullied online by one of my facebook friend called Victor as i still recall. He sent a friend request which i accepted and months later he started sending annoying messages and calling me all kinds of disturbing and horrible names. Due to the fact that am sometimes on/off on facebook, one of my cousins called me to inform me that someone is posting some nasty comments on my pictures and Facebook page. As at that time, i knew nothing about internet safety and cyber-bullies and that made the experience so devastating for me. He threatened to trace my whereabout and hunt me down but unfortunately for him i wasn’t in Nigeria at the time of the incident. The mistake I made was responding back to the bully, trying to defend myself which made the situation even worse for me. I managed to delete all the nasty comments and eventually blocked the bully. However i now know better that whatever goes online stays online no matter the years to come. Because I hardly responded to Victor’s constant annoying messages, i came to conclusion that he decided to be mean and bully me in order to get my attention. I recovered eventually but took a longer time for me to recover  psychologically.

After my National Youth Service Corp (NYSC), I got a job and was excited when I was told that part of my job responsibility is to engage teenagers on Internet safety measures. For a little over a year now, I’ve been part of the team training students on how to stay safe on the internet while still enjoying all the benefits the internet offers and also building them into becoming Webrangers;online super heroes safeguarding the web to help make it a safe space for all users. They do this by developing positive messaging campaigns by themselves on cyber-bullying. This year, we kicked off our first wave of Webrangers training on the 13th of May and trained about 1000 Lagos State Model College Students on Internet Safety and the need to become a Webranger.

It was indeed an interactive, informative and educative learning experience not just for the students but also for their principals and teachers present. They got to understand that the best way to respond to cyberbullying is by Ignoring, Reporting and Blocking (IRB) the person.

The students watched various short films centred around online safety and cyberbullying. They also watched  Fatimah’s documentary; our 2016 Webranger who narrated her journey as the first Nigerian Webranger. The students opened up on their personal cyber-bullying experiences while committing to become Webrangers to protect themselves and others online.

There were lots of fun activities. The students were given the opportunity to showcase their creative and artist positive messaging campaigns on cyber-bullying. Each group boldly presented their work and took pictures with their designs. One group initiated a slogan “No bullying” More buddies”.  The rest of the students were excited as they joined the bandwagon in staying no to cyber-bullying.

There’s nothing wrong with the internet neither is the Internet bad  but the problem is when people use the Internet to do bad and terrifying things. So it’s everyone’s responsible to help make the internet a safer space for all users. Yes, let’s Say No To Cyber-bullying.

This article was first published on medium and was written by Chidimma Udeh

Chidimma Udeh is a Safer Internet Fellow with the Nigeria Integrity Film Awards (Homevida) and is passionate about safeguarding kids and teens online.

How we celebrated the 2017 Safer Internet Day ! !! !!!


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On the 7th of February 2017, the Nigeria Integrity Film Awards (Homevida) & National Film & Video Censors Board (NFVCB) with support from Google celebrated the 2017 Safer Internet Day (SID). The event held at the VirginRose Resort in Victoria Island Lagos, and about 150 students from various school across Lagos were in attendance.

Policy and Government Relations Manager, Google, Mrs Titi Akinsanmi-Bolarinwa spoke to the students about the valuable use of the internet and tips on how to be safe online. She also spoke about the web rangers project which was launched last year in Nigeria and encouraged other students to join in the experience. The webrangers project is a program aimed to train young people to become online safety ambassadors.

The day was packed full with various fun activities which includes quiz, debates, drama, making a vlog and the Pop the Hate Balloon Challenge. At the end of the fun activities, they were quizzed on what they learnt and prizes were presented to the participants.

See more pictures from the event after the cut:

 

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The Homevida 2016 Nomination for Feature Film & Documentary is here! !! !!!

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Do you know any Feature film or Documentary that promotes Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance issues in Nigeria?

Then this is your opportunity give your favorite Nollywood Feature Film and Documentary a chance to win N1,000,000 (One Million Naira) in each category.

Simply visit www.homevida.org to nominate the film that best fits the criteria.

Nominations end on Friday, 21st October 2016.

What are you waiting for? Start Nominating! !! !!!

As the Feature Film Nominations come to an end…

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Last week, Homevida in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) ran a call for nomination for feature films that raise awareness on issues faced by persons with disability (click here if you missed it) and we were impressed with the number of nominations received.

After the weeklong process, a jury was set up to identify which of the 36 movies nominated best highlighted the message.

The 36 movies are:

  1. Jealous Heart by Emem Isong
  2. Champions of our Time by Chidi Nwokeabia
  3. The Maid by Grace Edwin Okon
  4. Beyond Disability by Iyabo Ojo
  5. Demystifying Autism by Grace Edwin Okon
  6. Back to Basics by Joy and Peace Aneke
  7. Emere by Dotun Akande
  8. The Prodigal Brother by David Gipson
  9. Room Service by Ikenna Emma Aniekwe
  10. Road to Yesterday by Genevieve Nnaji
  11. Warri He-Goat by Kenneth Okonkwo
  12. Calabash by Chinonso Okonkwo
  13. Brave by Lowla Dee
  14. Dry by Stephanie Okereke Linus
  15. 76 by Adonijah Owiriwa
  16. Bleeding Tree by Pressing Forward
  17. The Game by Frank Rajah
  18. Mama Africa by Nobert Ajaegbu
  19. Side Chic by Lilian Emehelu
  20. October 1 by Kunle Afolayan
  21. Nkoli Nwa Nsukka by Mac Collins Chidebe
  22. The last 3 digits by Moses Inwang
  23. Lies Men Tell by Uche Jombo
  24. Apaye by Emem Isong
  25. The Family that Preys by Tyler Perry
  26. Sugar Boy by Obi Madubogwu
  27. Felicima by Slim Denis Ometan
  28. Standing Alone by Tchidi Chikere
  29. The Changer by Ejim Fortune Kezi
  30. For the Wrong Reasons by Elvis Chuks
  31. A Million Colours by Elvis Chuks
  32. Bread of Sorrow by Nwaonu Chiemelie
  33. Mummy Dearest by Chioma Willis Ikedum
  34. Sorrow of the Blind by Uchenna Nwankwo
  35. Gloves of Passion by Agboola Gureje
  36. The Blind Orphan by Uchenna Nwankwo

Did your feature film get shortlisted?

Find out in the next post 🙂