Win­ners emerge at Homev­ida movie awards

Sunday Trust - - ART & IDEAS - By Ab­bas Ji­moh

Three win­ners have emerged for the 9th edi­tion of the Homev­ida movie awards 2018, or­gan­ised by the Nige­ria In­tegrity Film Awards and the Pub­lic and Pri­vate Devel­op­ment Cen­tre (PPDC).

The win­ners were Mr. Ak­wu­ru­aha Ikenna, a of Ge­ol­ogy from the Fed­eral Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy Ow­erri, who is a spo­ken­word artiste, video direc­tor and a chore­og­ra­pher came first and won N250, 000.

The sec­ond and third po­si­tions re­spec­tively were won by Ms. Anita Abada, a grad­u­ate of for­eign lan­guages from the Univer­sity of Benin, for her pas­sion in telling the African story in a unique way, win­ning N150, 000; and Mr. Joel Adeg­boye, a grad­u­ate of Univer­sity of La­gos, who has been into film mak­ing at a young age, win­ning N100, 000.

Speak­ing at the awards, the Founder, Homev­ida, Mr. Chibu­zor Ek­wekwo, said the idea was borne out of de­sire to use the cre­ative en­ergy, par­tic­u­larly through the film medium to tell sto­ries pos­i­tively.

“To tell our sto­ries in ways that in­spires and en­no­ble. We do not stop at pro­mot­ing these young peo­ple to tell our sto­ries pos­i­tively. Homev­ida guides and re­wards our young peo­ple who take up this open con­ver­sa­tion with us,” Ek­wekwo said.

On his part, Manag­ing Direc­tor, Nige­ria Film Cor­po­ra­tion, Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, ex­pressed de­light that this year’s award held on the platform of Zuma Film fes­ti­val.

“This award must be sus­tained to spur up­com­ing film pro­fes­sion­als to con­tinue to work hard and be­come role mod­els for the next gen­er­a­tion of film prac­ti­tion­ers,” Maduekwe said.

On her part, the Homev­ida pro­gram of­fi­cer, Nnenna Gabriella Eze, said the 2018 com­pe­ti­tion was a call for young Nige­ri­ans to cre­ate skits and spo­ken word videos that cre­atively show­case the eco­nomic, so­cio-cul­tural rel­e­vance of the in­ter­net.

She said that many en­tries were re­ceived be­fore the jury se­lected the top 10 videos for the pub­lic to vote on.

The Homev­ida awards took place dur­ing the Zuma Film fes­ti­val

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