The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) has announced call for entry from qualified participants for its 2017 Annual Film Essay Competition under the upcoming Zuma Film Festival holding in Abuja between December 1 and December 5. The topic of the competition is, “Film as an Alternative to Oil in Wealth Creation and Employment”.
In a statement signed by Brian Etuk, the Corporation’s Head of Public Affairs, interested participants are to forward their entries in the following format; Arial Font, 14 point size, typewritten in double line space and should not be more than 15 pages on A4 size paper.
Entries opens on September 11, 2017 and closes on October 31, 2017 and participants must be Nigerian nationals between 18 years and below 25 years old. Entries are to be submitted either in hardcopy, addressed to the Managing Director/Chief Executive, Nigerian Film Corporation, 218T Liberty Dam Road, Jos, Plateau State and clearly marked 2017 NFC ANNUAL FILM ESSAY COMPETITION and or through the e-mail essay [email protected]
The first, second and third best entries will win N250,000, N100,000 and N70,000 respectively. This is an addition to rights of publishing the winning essays in journals as may be deemed necessary.
The Annual Film Essay Competition had its debut in 2005. Several of its topic include “Motion Picture and the Nigerian Image”, – (2006)“The Nigerian Movie: Global Socio-Cultural Impact” – (2007), “The Role of Film as a tool for International Diplomacy” – (2008), “Building a Positive Global Board: The Place of Film” – (2009), “Film: A Tool for Socio-Cultural Integration and Tourism Promotion” – (2010), “Re-emergence of the Cinema, Impact on Local and National Economy” – (2012) and “Film, Family Values and the Society” – (2013).
Aptly described by the Independent newspaper as “a man of many parts”, Dr Mahfouz A. Adedimeji is a Fulbright scholar, interdisciplinary researcher, university don, public affairs analyst, language specialist, communication consultant, peace advocate, interfaith worker and public intellectual. He obtained his academic degrees from the University of Ilorin, Ilorin, where he is an Associate Professor of English (Pragmatics and Applied Linguistics). He started his academic career in 2000 at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, shortly after which he joined the services of his alma mater, the University of Ilorin.
A man of eclectic academic background, Dr Adedimeji was educated in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Markaz Shabaabil Islam, Iwo, Osun State and Markaz Ta’aleemil Araby, Agege, Lagos. He obtained advanced training in Education, Political Science, Communication and Media, Research and Peace Studies at the National Universities Commission’s (NUC) Virtual Institute for Higher Education Pedagogy (VIHEP); the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) Virtual Institute for Higher Education in Africa (VIHEAF); Governors State University, University Park, Illinois, USA; University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana; and Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana, USA.
Apart from serving as a cultural ambassador to the US under the auspices of the Institute of International Education (IIE), New York, Dr Adedimeji has won or co-won the research and conference awards/grants of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) of the National Research Council, Nigeria, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). He has written extensively for a wide range of newspapers and periodicals including “Unilorin Bulletin”, “Unilorin Watch”, “DeLight”, “National Pilot”, “Daily Independent”, “Newswatch Times” and “New Telegraph”, among others.
A versatile academic, Associate Professor Adedimeji has attended academic conferences and undertaken research in several universities across Nigeria as well as in Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Malaysia, Sierra Leone, Australia, France and United States of America, among others. His hundreds of academic, Islamic and general/opinion articles have been published across outlets in Nigeria and beyond. He has also facilitated and participated in seminars and workshops both nationally and internationally.
A former Deputy Director/ Head of the Directorate of Corporate Affairs of the University of Ilorin, Dr Adedimeji is the immediate past Director of the Centre for Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ilorin. Apart from serving as Rappouteur-General to the Presidential Committee that organised the 2017 Federal Executive Council’s Retreat on Education in Nigeria, he has consulted for the Nigeria Inter-religious Council (NIREC), the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence and Corps (NSCDC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). For years, he had been a Coordinator of the Executive Management Course of the Nigerian Army Education Corps (NAEC) and Editor-in-Chief of the “Journal of Peace, Security and Development”, University of Ilorin.
He is a recipient of several awards and honours including those of the American Biographical Institute, National Congress of Nigerian Students (NACONS), Union of Campus Journalists, University of Ilorin, the Nigerian Army Education Corps, Postgraduate Students Association, UNILORIN, Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), UNILORIN, Students’ Union, UNILORIN, and National Association of Osun State Students (NAOSS), just to mention a few.
A Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration, Nigeria, and Member of the Governing Council of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA), Dr Adedimeji is a Member of the Executive Councils of both the University of Ilorin Alumni Association and English Scholars Association of Nigeria (ESAN). He is also a Fellow of both the Society for Peace Studies and Practice and World Institute for Peace and he is a member of the Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria and the Association of Nigerian Authors, among others. He has written, co-written, edited and co-edited about a dozen books.