As part of its commitment to discovering, empowering and developing talents across Africa, leading ICT and Telecommunications Company, MTN Nigeria, will on Saturday, 22nd February, reward outstanding winners for their effort in the just concluded MTN Afrinolly Short Film Competition.
The competition which started on September 1, 2013, with over 400 entries from African film makers from 16 countries, has produced ten budding filmmakers in Africa. After three months and a competitive process, which deployed top of the range technological platforms involving online master classes and voting procedures, an international panel of judges announced Florian Schott as the best in Short Film category while Victor Okoye emerged winner in the Documentary category.
To this end, MTN Nigeria will this weekend reward Florian Schott and Victor Okoye with $25, 000 each for their exceptional skill in film and documentary making. Daniel Etim Effiong and Ronke Ogunmakin will be rewarded with $10,000 each, while Gbenga Salu and Ng’endo Mukii will be rewarded with $5,000 each for coming second and third respectively. Other finalists in both categories will receive $500 each.
The Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Nigeria, Larry Annetts, explained that the company will continue to empower Africans and give them the platform to unleash their talents. In his words: “we are happy to discover another set of talent across the continent. As part of our corporate social responsibility, we will continue to discover, develop and empower people with aptitude through our various programmes geared towards enriching the lives of Africans and the world at large.”
He also reiterated the company’s promise in discovering talents. “We’ll never relent in our effort in unearthing talents as we have various talent hunt programmes like the MTN Football Scholar, MTN Lagos Street Soccer, MTN Project Fame West Africa, MTN Link Forum and so on”.
Florian Schott won the first prize in the short film category with ‘Everything Happens for a Reason’, Daniel Etim Effiong won the second prize with ‘Your Cup of Tea’ while Gbenga Salu came third with ‘10:10’. In the documentary category, Victor Okoye won the first prize with ‘Creative Minds’, Ronke Ogunmakin’s Awele’s Diary came second while Ng’endo Mukii came third with ‘Yellow Fever’.