Women in film- Nigeria (ladybrillemag.com)
Gender marginalisation for over the years has been a topic of discussion among women and severally, some women have maintained their stand in demanding for equity in the case of gender justification in our society.
In a form of agitation for gender equality, women across the world demand respect and belief they should be treated with more dignity like or even above their male counterparts. The International Day for Women is widely celebrated across the world to celebrate womanhood.
But there was more to that in Nigeria as a non-profit organisation debuts to celebrate and elevate women in film and television in Nigeria at the GET Arena Lekki recently. Women in Film and Television, Nigeria (WIFTIN) is borne out of the desire and passion to build the capacity of the female youths and to recognise and support women working on Nigeria screen-based and other media.
The organisation aimed at empowering women interested and involved in the media and recognises the women whose efforts have impacted positively to the growth of the Nigerian media industry.
Speaking to THISDAY at the Media Parley, WIFTIN President Muna Iyanam said the “first women in film Chapter was founded by Tichi Wilkerson began in Los Angeles in 1973. Today, Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) has experienced tremendous growth in its ten years of existence with over forty member-nation chapters and 10,000 members worldwide.
To achieve this, the late Tichi Wilkerson Kassel gathered a group of women for brown bag lunch and the turnout was amazing as there were professionals from producers, make up experts and
We all understand that in the world today, even in politics, except for few countries who appreciate women to even rule them, there is still some sort of marginalisation of the female gender. And so, we created this to help give voice to these crops of women in our society.
Now we provide them with an avenue to through which they could blossom, a fold within which they would be strengthen, a grouping of like minds, where iron sharpened iron and creativity is treasured and redefined.
Our office is open for every women in the media and we are situated at 1A Femi Ayantuga Crecent Surulere, Lagos.”
She also said there is a need to have an organisation that would guarantee individual success and international exposure for their art on the platform of its far reaching network. “We have brought this initiative to Nigeria and the mission still remains the same.
It is for empowering the immensely gifted and creative Nigerian women, whose mental depth amidst social that has relegated them to stereotypical figures of sex and servitude and second class human being is awe inspiring.
And since they have decided to speak, we are humbled to amplify their voice. Today is celebrated as the 100th anniversary of International Women’s day and to that effect, we seize the opportunity to showcase what these tireless women have got to offer to the society.
I am proud to announce that a Nigerian film maker, Khadijat Kuranga will be one of those
women whose work will be showcased worldwide in the international screening event.
That is what WIFTIN is all about,” she said. The event wrapped up with a short film titled “Braveheart” and is centered on gender equality and the strength of a woman even as a widow.
Other directors of the organisation include Mrs. Bimbo Oloyede Founder of WODEF, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, Aisha Augie-Kuta, Onyiye Muomah, Amara Agbim and Efeturi Doghudje.
On the advisory board is Engr.Vincent Maduka (OFR) a former director general of the Nigerian Television Authority.