Three Nigerian filmmakers added another feathers to their caps as they won awards at the Nigerian Integrity Film Awards held last Sunday at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos. They are Vitus Nnebue, producer of Who Will Tell The President, Elivs Chucks, producer of True Citizens and Blessing Johnson, who produced Yahoo Plus. Apart from receiving award plaques, each of the winners also went home with a whopping N1million. Three winners equally emerged in the short film competition.
They include To Serve With All Our Strength written by Alexandra Kure’ave Hul, and shortlisted in the Public Conduct category endowed by Bureau of Public Procurement. In the Due Process category endowed by Code of Conduct Bureau, Not Do or Die was the winning film. The Poem, written by Frances Okeke came tops in the Child Friendly category endowed by the National Film & Video Censors Board. So also Easy Money, which was endowed by Securities and Exchange Commission.
According to the organizer, Mr. Chubuzor Nwokolo, Homevida is designed as a partnership between non-profit, public and private organizations to promote core national and corporate values that are the foundation for national building. He explained further: “It is a film award platform driving creative messaging on integrity and value change through the film to Nigerians and African audiences. The platform provides incentives for talented Nigerian filmmakers to mainstream integrity values in their films. The Short Script Writing Competition is targeted at young people between the ages of 18 and 30. Homevida hopes to expand to capture filmmakers across Africa.”
Commenting on his award, Elvis Chuks said: “This award has shown that there will always be a reward for diligence and hard work. I am very happy to receive it and I promise my fans that I will keep doing more for the industry,” he said. Among the dignitaries that graced the award ceremony were Ms. Arunma Otteh, DG, Security and Exchange Commission, Senator Enyinnanya Abaribe, veteran actress, Joke Jacobs, Ibanabo Fiberesima, president, Actors Guild of Nigeria, and Paul Obazele.