By Felix Khanoba
No fewer than three persons will go home with N750,000 in the 2019 HomeVida’s short script and video competition, aimed at tackling rape and other sexual abuse practices in schools and the whole society.
Speaking on this year’s competition, Mrs Mbanan Mku, Communication Lead, Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC) told newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, that HomeVida has continued to focus on providing incentives to young scriptwriters and filmmakers, resulting in the production of 24 short films.
“This year, with support from Luminate we put out a call for short scripts, skits and spoken word videos that focus on rape and sexual abuse which will end on the 30th November,” Mku said.
While saying that the decision to wage war against sexual abuse through films was borne out of increased number of reported cases in recent times, the PPDC official said the awareness would go a long way in providing relief to victims.
In her words: “These issues have been recurrent online and offline in the past year. Some examples are the recently released BBC Africa documentary ‘Sex for Grades’ and the rape story of the 13-year-old Ochanya which led to her death.
“The aim of the competition is to raise awareness on these issues, provide rehabilitative solutions to those who have been victims and to also urge the government to adopt effective policies that would be put in place to punish perpetrators.”
Speaking further, Mku revealed that over 600 entries have so far been received for the short script competition while about 90 have also made it into the skits contest, adding that three winners would smile home with a total cash prize of N750,000.
“The winning script would be turned into a short film and premiered alongside the winning skit or spoken word video at the 2019 HomeVida Awards in December. The winners would also be awarded cash prizes worth N750,000,” she said.