The Fake Prophet is a ground-breaking Nollywood film that examines many major child rights issues that Nigerian children face today, including child witchcraft accusations, child trafficking and child abandonment. It is an action-packed tale of drama suspense and intrigue, which aims to counterbalance other Nollywood films that have intensified the belief in child witches and the subsequent abuse and abandonment of innocent children.
It has been produced by Stepping Stones Nigeria (SSN) a UK- based child rights organisation dedicated to protecting and upholding the rights of children in the Niger Delta. They have harnessed the international reach of Nollywood film and are using it to raise awareness about the importance of upholding child rights in Nigeria. Gary Foxcroft the Director of SSN stated that 'given the projected reach of The Fake Prophet and the power of the Nollywood film industry we anticipate that this film will go a long way to help challenge deeply held attitudes, values and beliefs and will ultimately prevent the abuse of children. As such we are massively excited about its potential'.
The screenings at the Odeon Greenwich are hosted by Nollywood Focus – a publishing and film marketing style of Eastern Light EPM International. The event is managed by Nnorom Azuonye Entertainment Projects. Nollywood Focus is a hardworking outfit keen to work with Nollywood film producers to get Nigerian films into giant strides, and competing with the world's best at the highest international levels.
Nollywood is a grassroots industry and its growth is testimony to the entrepreneurial initiative shown by Nigerian's. Unlike many other African films which are usually produced by Francophone West African directors and funded principally by European bodies, Nollywood's low budget entertainment is self funded and doesn't rely on any governmental backing. It has grown to become the third largest film industry in the world following Hollywood and Bollywood, and has developed from nothing into an industry that employs thousands of people each year.
Nollywood films, often known for their low production quality and back room screenings seem to be erupting into new cinematic landscapes, bringing a new and unique cinematic culture in to the fore.
This event follows a number of different screenings which are gradually taking Nollywood films into mainstream cinema, including the London premiere of Mirror Boy which took place in the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square earlier this year.
The Fake Prophet is well-positioned to set the Nollywood industry alight and inspire a new wave of innovative and creative film making. The high standard of film- making together with its unique capacity to be used as an advocacy tool, means that this event is going to be an evening of great entertainment and is a must see for any cinema lover.
Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th of June were the first London cinema screenings of the Nollywood film, The Fake Prophet. This film made by the internationally acclaimed director Teco Benson and produced by the child rights organisation Stepping Stones Nigeria (SSN), is due to be screened at the Odeon Cinema, Greenwich.
For more information about this film or the work of Stepping Stones Nigeria please visit: www.steppingstonesnigeria.org or www.makeapact.org
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