The Chief Executive Officer, QRTV, Queen Rasheed, on Friday advocated for better treatment of rape victims in Nigeria.
The CEO during the premiere of the movie titled “Don’t Beg Now” in Victoria Island, Lagos, said more attention should be paid to rape victims who were still going through trauma.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that “Don’t Beg Now” is an 80-minute movie, which portrays Kuchi Kris as a rape victim, who sought vengeance all her life.
“I grew up in Nigeria and I know a lot of Nigerian women, who have gone through sexual harassment.
“We do not have the exact statistics of rape cases in Nigeria because our hospitals do not have updated records.
“Before the making of the movie “Don’t Beg Now”, I spoke with victims who had gone through similar cases outside the country but I observed that the stigma story is common with Nigeria.
“People will discriminate against the victim thereby punishing her not the criminal.
“This movie is not just advocating for rape survivals to speak out but to encourage them not to let the stigma shut them up,” she said.
Queen Rasheed commended Kuchi Kris, who played Aisha Dabiri in the movie as the protagonist, as well other casts.
According to her, what is important to a rape victim is her general well-being and all that makes her heal from the trauma.
The Movie Director, Mr Olawore Jay, popularly known as Rola, added that a channel needs to be created for rape victims to speak out and feel protected.
“With `Don’t Beg Now’, our focus is on the trauma and all that happens to a rape victim after this evil act.
“We realised that a lot of people just talk about it without understanding the change that can occur in a girl or woman after being violated.
“What we are doing is highlighting the trauma with this movie, so that the attacker can think twice before carrying out the act,” he said.
Rola added that the movie, which was produced in one month focuses on showcasing the trauma associated with rape, using upcoming artistes.
He said the movie was produced as a contribution to Nollywood.
Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Ifeyinwa Omowole
Don preaches against nudity in Nigerian films
Prof. Abdulrasheed Adeoye of the Department of Performing Arts, University of Ilorin on Friday advised Artistic-Directors in the Nigerian film industry against promoting nudity in films.
Adeoye made the call in his paper presentation at the 186th inaugural lecture of the University of Ilorin entitled:”Poetics of Legislation and De-Legislation on play Directing”.
He said that in the post-colonial age, flaws remained a combatant or combination of illusion and the performing artists are not exempted.
According to him, this is so because nudism sells and indecent dressing through body exploitation brings money to some performing artists.
He stated that his studies on films showed that artistic directors who placed economic gain above other positive issues allowed the pressure from producers to override their beliefs.
He said that studies also showed there was dislike for actors and actresses who often act nude, half-nude or dress indecently.
“The culture of copying bad Western tendencies and behaviours should be discouraged,” he said.
The expert in performing art also pointed out that theatre could be used as a critical conveyor of culture because of its universality.
“Performing artists as philosophers of revolution and reality can use theatre to show societal ills such as armed militias, indiscriminate killing, Boko Haram insurgency, corruption, maladministration, unemployment and anti-democratic tendencies.
“The aim is to bring desired change. The performing artists are expected to use the current local, national and international issues for artistic creation, direction and production of performances,” he said.
Adeoye urged Performing and Theatre Arts Departments to include the multicultural society in the country to their art plays to foster unity and cohesion.
Edited by: Chinyere Bassey/Ismail Abdulaziz
UNESCO inscribes Kwagh-Hir theatrical performance on representative list
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has inscribed the Tiv Kwagh-Hir performance on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity.
The Acting Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Mr Louis Eriomala, announced this in a statement issued through his Media Assistant, Mr Caleb Nor, on Friday.
He said that the nomination of the Kwagh-Hir was adopted on Thursday, Dec. 12, at the 14th session of the Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage held in Bogota, Colombia.
Nigeria News Agency reports that this makes it the 5th of Nigeria’s inscription on the Representative List.
Eriomala, a leader of the Nigerian delegation to the ICH convention, expressed his profound gratitude to the UNESCO while applauding the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
According to him, the minister’s support and approval gives credence to the importance of culture in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He also thanked members of the Bureau for supporting the nomination of Kwagh-Hir as well as the Evaluating Committee for the hard work and a job well done.
The Acting Secretary, further acknowledged contributions from colleagues in the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and NICO for putting together the nomination file.
Eriomala expressed deep appreciation to Prof. Gowon Ama Doki, the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Benue State University, Makurdi, who is an expert on Kwagh-Hir for being meticulous and diligent in preparing the element for eventual inscription.
The Benue State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Ngunan Addingi, speaking on behalf of the custodians, thanked the Governor of Benue, Dr Samuel Ortom, for ensuring a high powered delegation to the Convention.
While expressing satisfaction with the inscription, Addingi noted that it would not only increase visibility for the element but also enhance the dignity and pride of the performing community.
She, therefore, pledged Government’s continued support to the Safeguarding mechanisms of the element.
No fewer than 70 countries attended the convention to seek for various inscriptions and it was a big privilege and honour done to Nigeria.
By this inscription, Kwagh-Hir can now enjoy the support and protection of UNESCO.
Kwagh-hir is an intricately woven performance, comprising a congeries of atavistic communal events, expressed in the form of dance, mime, puppetry and masquerade.
Edited by: Donald Ugwu
Artist urges colleagues to do more research
A visual artist, Stanley Arinze, on Thursday urged colleagues to do more research on their act to scale it up with something new and educate the people.
Arinze spoke on the backdrop of some artistes not doing enough research on their works, especially on visual, performance, films, music theatre among others before coming out for show.
’ “When an artist does research, he or she will be able to tell a story better with his or her works.”Nigeria is a country with rich cultural values, resources and political history that can be highlighted through works,” he said.
The artist, who noted that research, involved a lot of money called on government to assist artists with funds to enable the achieve the desired result in such endeavour.
Arinze said that a well researched work was capable of giving the producer uniqueness that people would marvel about.
It will attract a very good prize or attraction to whatever work created; something new will always attract and make impact on people.
Research increases public awareness on things that people do not have in depth knowledge of and we use it to educate and inform the public.
The visual artist called on colleagues to use their sense of curiosity to scale up their works for better understanding by the public.
Cleric advises Christians to imbibe Jesus Christ virtues as they celebrate Christmas
Pastor Emmanuel Zakari, President Media Christian Fellowship, has advised Christians to imbibe the virtue of Jesus Christ in their daily lives and to live in harmony with their neighbours as they prepare for Christmas.
Zakari who is also a Pastor in Living Faith Church, Gwagwalada, gave the advice on Wednesday in Abuja, at the 2019 Nigeria News Agency Chapel Carol Service in commemoration of Christmas.
He described Christ in the lives of Christians as the hope of the world, adding that they must emulate Him to live a fulfilled life.
The cleric further said that Jesus Christ was born to give light to the world, saying that those who believed in Him and work according to His words, would not have darkness, represented by life challenges.
According to him, absence of Jesus Christ, the light of the world in a family will lead to crisis, stressing that Christians should search for the light He represented.
“By redemption as a Christian you are light, search for light because when light comes, darkness gives way.
“It is the potency of the light you carry as a Christian that determines your speed in life.
As a Christian, your life should be a compass, set a plan for your life and also mend your ways,’’ he advised.
The cleric further admonished Christians to live a Christ like life in their places of work and businesses, adding that it was the light of Christ in them that would distinguish them as individuals.
He, therefore, advised Christians to embrace Jesus, urging them to be good ambassadors of Christ in all of their endeavours.
NAN Chapel also showed special appreciation to some less privileged members with gifts for their resilience in their service of God at the end of the service which was attended by some other media organisations.
Edited by: Dorcas Jonah/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Reality star, Khafi Kareem receives car prize “Lady Foxy’ Innoson vehicles
Khafi Kareem, BBNaija season four ex-housemate, has recieved her Innosson Motors car prize.
Khafi, who is also an author and actress, wrote, “Guess who is the newest car owner in town. I finally got my car and I couldn’t be happier.
Thank you so much Innosson vehicles. I will be calling her lady foxy so if you see me drive by, Holla at your girl,” she said.
The challenge, sponsored by Nigerian brand, Innosson Motors, tasked housemates to present their Nigerian stories and highlight the beauty of being Nigerian.
During the first round, housemates gave presentations on their Nigerian story, however, Khafi’s excellent and inspiring presentation got viewers emotional.
NAN reports that following BBNaija, Khafi has hosted major events including The Future Awards and Nigeria Legal awards.
The talented YouTuber speaks French, English, Italian, Chinese, Yoruba and British sign languages.
Khafi has featured in many movies including, ‘The Evolution of U.S.’, and ‘Lost in London’ among others as well performed on stage at the Royal Opera House.
Edited by: Ese E. Ekama
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