Ronke Soyombo, Director-General, Quality Assurance Office, Lagos State Ministry of Education, has lauded the Strap and Safe Child Foundation, for creating awareness to tackle children’s emotional safety which will further impact on government’s policy.
Speaking at the Strap and Safe Child Foundation symposium with the theme: “Emotional Safety, The New Frontier’’, to commemorate this year’s Children’s day, Soyombo said emotional side of children needed more attention.
“The emotional side of a child is still an area everybody needs to look at because that is an area that we don’t talk about too much. And children are really going through too much emotional distress.
“The first thing we have done in Lagos State is that we have done evaluation schedule, thereby collaborating with stakeholders like leaders from private and public schools, where we were able to put several parameters in place.
“Lagos State has made sure that in all our schools, there is a designated person that every student can go to. It is within that designated person to take an action if they make any disclosure,’’ she said.
Soyombo added that the state had adapted innovative steps to address critical issues as they arise.
“Another measure Lagos State has done is that if you type *6820# on your phone, we will respond within 48 hours pending on what the nature of the problem is.
“If it is sexual abuse and emotional abuse, we will have to respond immediately. And with that, this is making a lot of children to actually call us.
“And so far, we’ve had cases of sexual abuse, in all our cases in the last two years, we’ve done almost 2,000 cases and 40 per cent of them are all on child sexual abuse,” she said.
She commended Strap and Safe Child Foundation for the awareness programme and noted that Lagos State would support the child initiative programmes of the foundation.
“Our children must know that we are here for them; we shouldn’t neglect them and listen to them more often. We also expect our parents also to be great role models.
“Charity begins at home. We urge parents to have more time for our children, listen to them, dine with them, there are so many of them bottling things up and they don’t have anybody to talk to,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Founder of Strap and Safe Child Foundation, Bolanle Edwards, said that it was important to direct more energy to the emotional well-being and state of children.
“Parents need to be more aware of and invest in what’s going on inside their children and to keep in mind that everyday interaction has an impact on our children’s emotional well-being.
“Narrowing it down, the present educational system in Nigeria is clearly different from what was in existence years back.
“Children are bombarded with tons of class works and assignments that they cannot answer or give solutions to by themselves. After the assignments, these same children come home to go through one to two hours of home coaching.
“Our tripod approach to child safety home, road and school is aimed at highlighting the safety hazards that exist in homes, schools and on the road and advocating ways to mitigate these hazards.
“Strap and Safe Child Foundation founded in April 2009, is a self-funding community of volunteers, supporters and stakeholders,” she said.
NELAS Awards to promote celebrity networking, profesionalism — Organisers
The upcoming 2019 Nollywood Entertainment Leadership Awards (NELAS) would help promote networking among celebrity artistes and enhance professionaism in the industry, the organisers have said.
According to Enebe, the award-winning celebrity event is in partnership with Nollywood Actors Guild of Nigeria (NAGN), Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) and the Nigeria High Commission in the UK.
“This year a number of entertainers from across the globe will be present at the annual event in London on Dec. 7.
“The NELAS Awards is open to all, especially celebrities, to network and share ideas on how to grow the entertainment industry.
“We have in past two editions given awards to a number of top celebrities, some of whom are British actresses, Nollywood actors and actresses.
“Others are the National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Nigerian singers, Ghanaian artistes and many others,’’ Enebe said.
He said that the NELAS team had lined up top celebrity guests to attend this year’s event.
Among categories to feature in the awards are Best Movie of the year (Africa and Diaspora), Best Actor/Actress and recognition of outstanding personalities in the entertainment industry.
Edited by Abdulfatah Babatunde/Wale Ojetimi
Nigerian Film corporation trains 130 youths on cinematography in FCT
The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) has trained 130 young and upcoming creative artistes in film, video production and photography in the Federal Capital Territory(FCT).
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the young artistes were handed certificate of participation on Saturday night at the closing ceremony of the workshop tagged “Special Cinematography Training for Youths and Emerging Talents.”
The three-day event had veteran industry players, scholars from the academia, as well as top officials of the NFC as resource persons and facilitators for the young thespians.
Participants were taught the basics and rudiments of Production Management, Digital Cinematography, Acting and Directing for the Screen, as well as Set Design/Special Effects.
Other modules included Film Production (Shooting and Editing), Intellectual Property Protection and Marketing and Exhibition Strategies, among other topics.
Dr Chidia Maduekwe, Managing Director of the corporation, in his closing remark, commended the youths for painstakingly going through the training.
He then urged them to apply what they learnt in the pursuit of their careers, adding that the aim was to equip them as emerging professionals in the motion picture industry.
“There is no doubt in my mind that indeed within the past few days, we have all learnt something new in film production.
“I am assured that you will effectively deploy the new or additional skills gained here, so that you will add value to the quality of films and creative works undertaken by you.
“I closely monitored and at some point watched you engage in the film shoot and other activities of this training workshop.
“Impressively, we have watched what you have been able to produce under 48 hours, and it confirms that given the resources and opportunities, you will excel beyond expectation,” he said.
Mr Bako Iliya, President of Students Union Government (SUG) of the National Film Institute (NFI), expressed gratitude for the training opportunity on behalf of the participants.
He noted that the skills and experience garnered from the workshop would spur the emerging filmmakers and actors to always strive for excellence.
NAN reports that highpoint of the ceremony was the screening of a short film and a documentary, written, directed and produced by the participants at the end of the training.
Edited by Ifeyinwa Omowole
Review: Joeboy makes a lazy entry with his debut EP ‘Love and Light’
Abuja, Nov.17, 2019 Fast rising Nigerian singer and song writer, Joseph Akinfenwa Donu, popularly known as Joeboy recently released his debut extended play( EP) titled ‘Love and Light’ and it fell below expectations.
The Afropop and R&B singer had announced to excited fans that his first ever EP was dropping, leaving them eager to hear what the maestro had in store.
On his Instagram page @joeboyofficial, he wrote, “Ladies and gentlemen!! My first ever extended playlist is out!
“Thankful to everyone that has been part of my journey so far! Now let’s spread LOVE and LIGHT!
“Lets get it to number 1! When you send #LoveandLight to loved ones, send my EP”.
The recording artist, who came into lime light when he released his Ed Sheeran ‘Shape of You’ cover, which was well-accepted both in Nigeria and worldwide is now one of Nigeria’s hottest upcoming artiste.
This was made obvious when he was nominated alongside Fireboy DML, Zlatan ibile, Victor AD,Rema for next rated at the recently held Headies award 2019.
However, the EP which comprises of five tracks titled ‘Baby’, ‘Beginning’, ‘Don’t call back’, ‘All for you’ and ‘Blessings’, is all about love and relationship.
The problem with the EP was not the theme but the clear laziness with which it was assembled. Only two, out of the five tracks, were new songs and they did not quite hit the mark.
The first track, which was released over a month ago “Baby” is known to be the hit track among all the tracks he later dropped to form the EP because of its melodious signature, appealing lyrics and dancehall vibes.
This was affirmed by some of his fans, who took to their twitter handles to express their love for the music.
@Prettysync1 “Keep it up joeboy, I love your music.
@Youngcrown said, “This is a banger, much love for the song Baby”.
Subsequently, Joeboy released another track titled ‘Beginning’, which was more like a continuation of the love story he was telling with the earlier song titled ‘Baby’.
This was more appreciated by his fans because both songs had the same storyline but a different sound and lyrical content.
On the flipside, the five tracks lacked diversity as all the tracks except for ‘Blessing’, centred on love/ relationships.
Joeboy also featured only one artiste on the project, that is, DMW star Mayorkun on the track ‘Don’t call me back’.
In fact, this song, which was the last he dropped before compiling the EP, was termed as ‘the last good music’ by fans.
This is because the other two new songs did not match up in lyrics and production.
The new songs were viewed by his fans to be less entertaining and more like a “rush work” according to a post on twitter by a fan @Cashflow23.
Furthermore, the fourth track on the EP, ‘All for you’, was described by an instagram fan @Zanks11 as being too boring because of the repetition of its chorus and having only one verse.
Generally, the EP lacks freshness as some of the tracks have been on air for over a month before the official release date thereby making the EP fall below the expectation of his fans.
It should be noted that the singer did not put in all his time and energy to create his debut EP.
Instead, he put together his previous singles and added two more tracks which were not up to par and relaunched them as his official debut extended play.
This fiasco could be as a result of his upcoming album, which is said to be dropping next year according to the singer.
Nonetheless, Joeboy made some of his fans proud with his debut EP but other fans expected that, majority of the songs on his debut EP should be a combination of newly released songs and not songs that had been on air for quite some time.
Realistically, the two last songs added to the EP ‘All for you’ and ‘Blessings’ were not really appreciated by his fans.
This was not only because of its low production quality but Joeboy essentially created an EP for two underrated songs.
Edited by Ifeyinwa Omowole
NANBox Office Review: ‘Living in Bondage: Breaking Free’ brought old Nollywood with a successful modern take
There was a reason old Nollywood thrived, with audiences religiously following film characters. ‘Living in Bondage: Breaking Free’ brought the feeling back.
The modern retake on the classic 1997 film that birthed Nollywood as a formal industry took no prisoners in serving pure, nolstagic entertainment.
Directed by Ramsey Nuoah, the film follows the son of Andy Okeke (the lead of the first film). The young man, Nnamdi Okeke is lured into a secret society for wealth and looses peace when asked to sacrifice his love interest.
The film, produced by Play Network and Native FilmWorks, does not really score points for the newness of its storyline. In fact, it is the predictability of the story that adds to the flavour.
Audiences at the cinemas already knew where the story was headed but it gave a sort of satisfaction to be able to relate with the classic Nollywood ‘money ritual’ trope.
It was refreshing to watch audiences react genuinely when events happened to the characters. It felt like watching home videos, on video tape, lying around the house.
It was the type of Nollywood home video that the average Nigerian grew up invested in.
The type that although you knew the ending, you would ask someone to narrate what you missed and sit on the edge of your seat till it was over.
Nuoah and his crew completed the throwback effect by including the ‘original money ritual lords’ in the cast. From Kanayo O. Kanayo to Kenneth Okonkwo.
These actors were complimented with the great acting of the fresh-faced lead, Swanky JKA, who embodied his character to the teeth. Also, Eyinna Nwigwe and Ramsey Nuoah deserve praise for their excellent acting.
Classically, every ritual lord has a love interest and Nnamdi Okeke was not left out. However, Munachi Abii, who played his girlfriend, was as refreshing as their on-screen relationship.
While the film scored all these points for picture quality, acting, story, costume and direction, there were moments that reduced its perfect score.
‘Living in Bondage: Breaking Free’ had a number of unnecessary scenes and some unnecessary actors. It is still hard to figure out Nancy Isime’s role and the relevance of her two scenes.
Also, Kalu Ikeagwu is an excellent actor and deserved more screen time and well-expanded dialogues, other than the hint dropping he was relegated to.
For a movie that thrived on being predictable, there were some unnecessary dialogues and scenes that did not enrich the story but where on the verge of boring the audience.
More so, the lead actor did not have enough motivation to join the ritual cult. He was broke, not poor and did not convince the audience enough in that regard. It was expected that he would join but why?
The instant layaway of the lead actor’s family immediately after he got rich did not serve the story. Except there were deleted scenes, it made no sense that we never saw them again.
Regardless of these flaws, ‘Living in Bondage: Breaking Free’ is a movie to see. The excellent mix of Igbo and English dialogue made it very Nigerian.
More importantly, the opening scene where Eyinna Nwigwe’s character brutally sacrifices his child deserves its own awards.
Everything in that scene, from the writing, acting and the production properly welcomes you into the film.
It was a film that needed to be made and the producers deserve praise for making it well, with all the Nigerian flavour and little westernisation.
Edited by Ifeyinwa Omowole
Founder says Nvivo online television platform will project short films
The Co-founder, Nvivo Online Television, Ms Chioma Ude, has said the main aim of establishing the platform was to create a proper avenue for the projection of short films.
Ude disclosed this during the official launching of the Nvivo Online Television at the Film House Cinema, Landmark Village, Victoria Island, Lagos on Friday.
This was part of the activities of the 9th Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) which started on Nov. 10 and will end Nov. 16.
Ude said she had observed that short movies with beautiful contents were not properly showcased like other movies.
“This platform has been created due to my observation that short movies end up on YouTube or nowhere but they usually have beautiful content.
“So, Nvivo had been established to create home for short movies but would also feature animations, documentaries, games, cartoons, series and more,” she said.
Ude said that Nvivo was the hub for Hollywood, Nollywood, Bollywood and Telenovelas at their finger tips and in snack bite sizes.
She said it had been licenced with some local television series, three Bollywood content providers for content generation.
According to her, the Nvivo television is initially launched in four African countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Namibia.
“With Nvivo, there is a new horizon in terms of distribution and content development in Africa.
“Nvivo television has teamed up with the best movie directors, producers and actors, to provide quality, original and free content out of Nigeria for television and movie lovers who want a one stop-shop where they can watch their favourite shows, skits and movies.
“Nvivo television content is also optimised to save data and it can be viewed on all smart televisions, smart phones, tablets, Android and IOS devices,” she said.
Mr Olu Obadina, a Co-founder, Nvivo, said that Nollywood had been rendered non-sustainable in terms of revenue generation and contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) due to lack of basic infrastructure.
He said that establishment of the online television channel would minimise the effect of the absence of basic infrastructure as people get entertained at their comfort zones.
“We have problems with our roads, irregular power supply and a whole lot of other things which are discouraging factors to visit cinemas or watch movies at the appropriate time.
“This platform will enable you watch movies wherever you are,” he said
Obadina said with the way Nvivo was designed, other online television streaming platforms could develop their content through Nvivo as it would also showcase original African programmes.
Obadina said that Nvivo had partnered with Unity Technology, an animation company abroad, to train 3,200 Nigerians on animation creation who would in turn create content for the Nvivo platform.
He said there were a couple of other collaborations to guarantee seamless streaming and content distribution which were with MTN, SISCO system, digital marketing institutes and more.
Mr Victor Anjorin, Chief Executive Officer, Nvivo, who explained how the platform works for the audience, said the subscription was free for all viewers.
He said for seamless content delivery, Nvivo had adopted the GDPR and NDPR which is safer and secured.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Africa International Film Festival had movies from over 20 countries showcased in the course of the programme which ended on Saturday.
(Edited by Chidinma Agu/Peter Ejiofor)
Nollywood: Film Corporation takes ‘Mobile Training Platform’ to budding talents in rural communities
Dr Chidia Maduekwe, Managing Director, Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) has said that the corporation is set to take its ‘Mobile Training Platform’ programme to rural communities to discover and develop budding talents in filmmaking across Nigeria.
He stated this on Friday during an interview with Nigeria News Agency on the sideline of a training workshop for youths and upcoming creative artistes on film, video production and photography in Abuja.
The training, tagged, “Special Cinematography Training for Youths and Emerging Talents” is holding from Nov. 14 to 16, with 130 youths drawn from different parts of the country as participants.
According Maduekwe, the Mobile Training Platform is a flagship initiative designed to complement the capacity building programme of the NFC for emerging talents in the motion picture industry across the six geo-political zones.
He explained that as the Nigerian movie industry expands, there was need to equip upcoming industry players with essential professional know-how and the basic entrepreneurial skills to grow as filmmakers, to create jobs.
“The Mobile Training Platform is an initiative (MTP) by the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) to domesticate training all over the 774 Local Government Areas of Nigeria.
“With this, we will want to take capacity building on the requisite knowledge for film production to grassroots because it is not everyone that can come to Jos or Lagos, where we have our training centres.
“Nigeria has budding talents in all the local governments and they are waiting to be discovered, so this Mobile Training Platform is going to be a vehicle that will be going to remote areas of the country.
“It is like a mobile clinic where the doctors go looking for the sick, and not the other way round.
“We are looking for the talents on the streets and communities where they are domiciled by giving them the required exposure.
“Young talents will be discovered, given opportunity to acquire skills, practice what they have learnt in order to have a sense of fulfillment as stakeholders in motion picture production,” he said.
Maduekwe explained that the mobile training initiative, which will be rolled out in the first quarter of 2020, will have upcoming artistes and passionate youths trained in the art of film making.
He added that selected participants will also be given necessary support to produce films that tell stories of their communities to the rest of the world.
He, however, appealed for adequate and timely release of funds to implement the project as planned by the corporation.
“There will be screening sessions and you can imagine the excitement of villagers gathering in an evening to watch films produced by their sons and daughters.
“Nigeria is the next frontier for storytelling, as we have so many stories, because when we talk about strength in diversity, it manifests in our storytelling.”
“Our decision to sustain the training of upcoming filmmakers is to ensure that Nigeria, considered as the world’s largest content film producer, does not suffer from skills gap crisis,” he said.
NAN reports that seasoned industry players, as well as scholars from the academia were present as resource persons and facilitators at the three-day workshop for the upcoming filmmakers.
Edited by Jane-Frances Oraka/Ifeyinwa Omowole
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