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Raise A Voice Challenge 1.0: MacArthur, ICPC, Actors, Others Set To ‘Break The Cycle’ Of Rape, Other Vices




With a report by the Nigerian police that 717 rape cases were recorded
between January and May, 2020, NGOs and Civil Society Organisations that have the capacity to address this kind of offenses, have been cooperating with law enforcement agencies in capacity building, management of victims of rape and similar offenses, using various mediums.

Also, because of the COVID-19 restrictions, there is now a surge in cases of domestic violence, police brutality, rape and other gender-based violence.

This was the reason High Definition Film Studio and
Film For Impact Foundation organized an Online Film Festival tagged ‘Raise A Voice Challenge 1.0’, with a theme: ‘Break The Cycle’, to inspire established and upcoming filmmakers and actors across the continent to lend their voices to social vices that have gone unresolved for long, and whose cycle needs to be broken.

With highly resourceful people like, Dr. Kole Shittima, African Director, MacArthur Foundation, Ms. Osai Ojigho, Country Director, Amnesty International, Azuka Chinelo Agugua, Acting Head of Public Enlightenment (ICPC), Hamza Lawal, Chief Executive, Connected Development, Odey Friday, Country Director, Accountability Lab. Nigeria and CSP Francis Erhabor of the Nigeria Police Force, Dorothy Njemanze, Executive Director DN Foundation, all attending as special guests and speakers, the competition/award ceremony is set to highlight the problems and also profer solution and hope.

The competition started June 9, 2020 with the grand finale set to hold next Saturday July 25, 2020 by 5PM, live on YouTube @ FFIF TV, during which there will be screening for the top 20 videos from the entry, and award given to the best video.

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Participants for the highly innovative program were asked to do a short film or a monologue of 60 seconds on any of the topics ranging from, rape domestic violence, police brutality or corruption/accountability and submit via the instagram handle of Film For Impact Foundation, @filmforimpactng. The Top 20 entries by filmmakers and actors (10 each), had 50% selected by the audience (highest views + likes) and the other 50% selected by the festival team. The Jury consist of popular and tested Nollywood actors like, Ali Nunhu, CJ Obasi, Dorothy Njemanze, Nasiru Mohammed, Judith Audu and Bright Wonder Obasi, who is equally the CEO of High Definition Film Studio/Academy, and executive Director of Film For Impact Foundation.

The top 20 selected entries will then qualify to screen at the Africa Film For Impact Festival (AFFIF) special Online edition, which is scheduled to hold live on Youtube @ FFIF TV.

According to Bright Wonder Obasi, who is the brain behind the innovation, “the entries which has a maximum of 60 seconds each, addresses at least one of the four themes (Rape, Domestic Violence, Police Brutality and Corruption/Accountability), giving solutions or hope, and not just highlight the problems.
Entries in other language other than English were also considered but, have English subtitles.
Multiple entries by the same filmmaker on different themes were also accepted.”

Bright Wonder said, “with about 186 entries, The top 10 videos with highest views + likes (5 filmmakers & 5 Actors) will be selected as finalists. The Festival Team will also have the mandate of selecting 10 extra outstanding videos as finalists. All 20 videos will screen at the Online Film Festival in competition for the grand prize.”

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He said, “to encourage and inspire these established and upcoming filmmakers and actors across the continent, N50,000 palliative each will be given to the winners of each category, a return flight ticket to AFFIF 2020, (local flight) and an Award Certificate which will be sent via email.”

He said, “N20,000 palliatives will also be given to the 1st Runner up in the Filmmaking and Acting category, full tuition scholarship for two weeks filmmaking training for 20 socially conscious filmmakers, powered by High Definition Film Academy, and a Certificate of Participation for all filmmakers and Actors who make an entry into the online festival.”

‘Raise A Voice Challenge’ is an initiative of Film For Impact Foundation to inspire established and upcoming filmmakers and actors across the continent to lend their voices to social vices that have gone unresolved for long, and whose cycle needs to be broken.

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UBA Group Dominates the 2021 Banker Awards, Wins ‘African Bank of the Year’




Breaks the Banker Magazine Record as it wins Best Bank in Nigeria and 12 of Its Subsidiaries Africa’s global bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc yet again, reaffirms its leadership position across Africa, as the bank has been globally recognised as the African Bank of the year 2021 by the Banker Magazine, a leading global finance news publication published by the Financial Times of London.


UBA’s solid financial performance, its excellent service delivery to customers and its continuous role of facilitating rapid economic growth across the African continent were some of the reasons that led to the bank being named best bank in 12 of its African subsidiaries and in Nigeria. UBA Nigeria Plc, UBA Benin, UBA Burkina Faso, UBA Cameroon, UBA Chad, UBA Congo Brazzaville, UBA Cote D’Ivoire, UBA Gabon, UBA Guinea, UBA Liberia, UBA Senegal, UBA Sierra Leone and UBA Zambia all came out top as the best banks in their respective countries.


This will not be a first for UBA. In 2020, six of its subsidiaries in Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, Chad, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Zambia were winners of the Best Bank award. This year, the UBA Group is breaking a record with its exceptional wins as African Bank of the Year and Bank of the year in 13 countries. The total 14 awards makes it the first time ever in the history of the almost 100 years of The banker, that any banking group will be clinching as many as 14 wins in a single year.

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At the Virtual award ceremony which was held on December 1st 2021, the Middle East and Africa Editor for The Banker, John Everington, explained at the event that a rigorous and highly analytical process is made annually to reach the decision for each Bank of the Year award and the institution’s reputation for independence, authority and integrity is thoroughly applied to each submission.


“While several African banks impressed the judges this year, there was no doubt as to the worthiest recipient of the Bank of the Year for Africa – UBA Group – a clear winner across a wide range of criteria. UBA has performed impressively across its footprint with a strong financial performance across most of its markets,” Everington said.


UBA’s Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Kennedy Uzoka, who expressed delight over the recognition from The Banker stated “Like I always say, at UBA, we must be doing something right. Winning 14 total awards in13 subsidiaries and the Bank of the Year on the African continent is a big achievement.’


Continuing, Uzoka said, “The recognitions come as a reassurance that we are on track in consolidating our leadership position in Africa, as we continue to create superior value for all our stakeholders. We have our millions of customers across the globe and our many thousands of staff to thank for this. They are the very reason why we keep winning’


Since1926, the Bank of the Year awards has been celebrating the best of global banking and is regarded as the industry standard for banking excellence. The 2021 edition highlights those institutions that have outshone their peers in terms of performance, strategic initiatives and response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Crisis Rocks Ghana Parliament As Members Clash Over 2022 budget




The 2022 budget of Ghana suffered another set back as the House could not reach concerts on its passage.


The Minister of Finance, Mr. Ken Ofori Atta had presented the budget for the House to deliberate upon and possibly approve it for passage to the president to work with. But the House is in disagreement.


The Majority members had earlier hoped in easy passage but, they were shocked to witness a tie in the House. The ruling Party, New Patriotic Party ( NPP) has 137 members in the House, same to the main opposition party, The New Democratic Congress(NDC)


The Speaker who could have added one to the ruling NPP lacks the constitutional right, as the Constitution denies him voting right as the presiding officer.


The case will then be taken to the Supreme Court for intervention. The issue has been a major challenge threatening the smooth democracy in the country. The decision to go to Supreme Court is expected to be taken before or by Friday sitting.


By Moses Owopade,

Accra, Ghana.

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