HOMEVIDA 2017 SCRIPT WRITING WORKSHOP WAS LIT!!

Hello Guys,

The Short Script competition just came to an end and we were delighted to receive over 350 scripts from young and talented script writers. Out of this number of scripts, the 30 best scripts were chosen and invited for a 3-day Script Writing workshop.

The workshop held on the 6th – 9th of September at the School for Media and Communications, Pan-Atlantic University in Lagos and some of Nollywoods  finest Producers, Filmmakers and Screen Writers including Mildred Okwo, Sam-Uche Anyemele, Ramsey Nouah, Ehizojie Ojesebholo, Ifesinachi Okoli-Okpagu and Chris Odeh.

The event was nothing short of AH-MAZING as the facilitators shared their knowledge and experiences on script writing and film making.

Sam-Uche Anyamele trained the students on the basics of film making with guidelines and points to consider when making a film.

Next was a presentation by the talented Ifesinachi Okoli on The Art of Storytelling, Character Development and Screenplay. She explained to the students on how to reveal a character when writing a script.

Ramsey Nouah tutored on how to shoot in Nigeria and stay relevant. He shared his experience as an actor and how he has managed to remain relevant in Nollywood’s competitive industry.

The participants were treated to a surprise session by award wining Producer/Director, Mildred Okwo. The participants were elated to see her and she gave them tips and tricks on how to make films and be successful in the industry.

The talented Ehizojie Ojisebholo’s topic was on Storytelling and technological advancement and explained the rudiments on how to adapt to technology trends in film making.

The students also had a practical session with Ehizojie where he showed them how to produce and direct a film and they had a chance to practice themselves.

Mr Chris Odeh had a session on writing for a target market through the producers perspective. He also gave the participants a lecture on how to manage and make money from the film industry and shared his experience with them.

The 3- Day event ended with presentation of certificates by Mr Isaac of Pan-Atlantic University. It was a great event and participants learnt the art of script writing and film making from the sessions.

The event was LIT! and we received great feedback from our participants.

We appreciate our facilitators for the great sessions and our host Pan-Atlantic University for their top-notch service during the workshop.

Below are more pictures from the event.

ENJOY!!

 

 

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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Short Script Competition Jury Sitting

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At the weekend, the HomeVida Jury met to deliberate on the 88 scripts received from entrants this year. This year, in the short period given to submit entries, we received a total of 58 scripts for the Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance (TAGG) category sponsored by USAID and 30 scripts for the Digital Economy category supported by Google.

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The process was intense and fun at the same time and extremely engaging.

The jury was joined by Chief of Party for USAID SACE, Mr. Charles Abani and top Nollywood actor and veteran (if I must say) Ramsey Nouah, also dropped by.

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Watch out for the post announcing the winners of the Homevida 2016 Short Script Competition on Thursday and thanks to everyone who participated this year, you are all amazing.

See more pictures from the jury sitting below:

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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 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.

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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

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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

Google, Homevida, NFVCB organise maiden edition of SID in Nigeria

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On the 10th of February, 2015, Homevida, Google and the National Film and Videos Censors Board (NFVCB) hosted 32 school children to commemorate the maiden edition of the Safer Internet Day (SID) in Nigeria. This day has been celebrated all over the world since 2004, and in its 12th year, Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark this special event. SID seeks to promote safer and more responsible use of online technologies including mobile Internet and the theme for this year was “Lets create a better internet together“. The event which held at the Mulliner Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos, featured workshops in which the students were enlightened on the various ways the Internet can be of benefit to them and pitfalls they should be wary of. In the past two years, Google has observed Safer Internet Day with the rest of the world and has reached out to thousands of young online users, teachers and parents.

Nollywood stars, Blossom Chukwujekwu and Sam Uche Anyamele were also in attendance

See pictures from the event after the cut

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