United States Agency for International Development ,USAID, and Google partnering with HomeVida disclosed on Friday they will reward two film-makers from Nollywood with N1 million each.
At a press briefing in Abuja,the reward will favour two film-makers whose productions promote integrity values and positive messaging in government as it announced the commencement of the nomination and selection processes for the endowment.
Report has it that the theme of the feature film and documentary productions that are eligible for nominations must centre on “Transparency, Accountability, or Good Governance.”
According to Samuel Umejiaku, the Administrator of HomeVida, the subject matter of the films to be endowed was choosen to identify and reward film-makers whose productions subliminally drive down the spate of hate-speech and corruption in the Nigerian society.
“Last year, we partnered with two international organizations that seek to empower the youth to inspire change. These organizations are the USAID Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) project and the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Foundation.
“This year, Google is worried with the volume of hate speech spread by Nigerians online; while USAID is concerned about corruption in public institutions in Nigeria. So, both organizations settled on the theme based on these considerations.
“This endowment is timely and necessary because the use of entertainment in the fight against societal ills that threaten our existence as a people has not been enough. The reason is because we do not recognize and reward those who make efforts to put-out, for public consumption, social-conscious messages that support the survival and development of the community in which we live,’’ he said.Share on Facebook