Group names winner of film competition

1st Runner Up, ‘Sahara Group’s Grooming Film Extrapreneurs Competition,’ Chinenye Balogun, Executive Director/Co-founder, Sahara Group, Tonye Cole, Winner of the Competition, Joseph Duke, Ace Movie Producer/Director, Kunle Afolayan and 2nd Runner Up, Alabi Kayode at the event to unveil the winner of the competition which was designed to identify and empower the next generation of film makers in Nigeria…Tuesday in Ikoyi, Lagos

Joseph Duke has been adjudged the winner of Sahara Group’s “Grooming Film Extraprenuers with Kunle Afolayan” project.

Duke’s documentary entry entitled “Give Us This Day” earned him the first position.

His feature, which beat entries from 20 finalists, highlighted the challenges faced by entrepreneurs, including a story about caring for special needs children.

Chinenye Balogun and Alabi Kayode emerged first and second runners up respectively, with entries that showcased the creativity and resilience of Nigerian entrepreneurs.

More than 150 entries were received in the competition, which began in June 2016 following the partnership between Sahara Group and the award winning filmmaker Kunle Afolayan.

It is designed to identify and empower young filmmakers in Nigeria.

The overall winner will undertake a six-month internship with Kunle Afolayan, while all the three top finalists will attend the 2017 Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France with the support of Sahara Group.

The competition also attracted entries from outside Nigeria.

Two of such entries stood out. They include: Daniel Ecwalu (Trash Cash – story based on taking children off the streets and empowering them) from Uganda and Akshay Makar (Climatenza – The happenings of Climate Change).

While announcing the winners, Tonye Cole, Group Executive Director, Sahara Group, congratulated all the 20 finalists for rising up to the challenge of taking their craft to the next level.

“You are lucky your generation has this kind of opportunity which Kunle Afolayan and I never had,” he said. “When you get this kind of opportunity you take it seriously. At Sahara we are willing to go the extra mile to take entrepreneurship to a different level.

Afolayan, who led the screening of the entries, said he was impressed by the documentaries. He said entries were assessed based on sound, lighting, production design and quality.

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