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By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Nine distinguished personalities including Senator Shehu Sani and the Kwara State First Lady have been honoured by the Kaduna International Film Festival (KADIFF) as part of its 2020 Achievers Awards.
It was gathered that they are among the nine persons that were recognized for the prestigious Achievers Award for 2020.
In his speech at the 3rd KADIFF Opening Ceremony, Founder, Audu Israel Kashim said that COVID-19 made this year’s edition to be held virtually.
“It has become very imperative and expedient that this year’s festival goes Virtual due to the new reality COVID-19 has posed on the entire world with Nigeria and Kaduna not being an exemption of what we all are facing globally.
“That is why we are using technological support and gadgets to bridge space and time amidst this pandemic,
“We have learned a lot as life and humanity comes top on the priority, and therefore the need for the THEME of this year’s festival celebration. “Harmonization, peace development and content sustainability”. He said.
He explained that the theme for this year was carefully selected to reflect on such all important issues that buttress on peace, development and how they can be harmonized and sustained to better support the growth of the film industry to achieve its maximum objectives and to foster a healthy society were everyone can thrive.According to UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) 20th July 2017.
“More than 1.4 billion people, including half of the world’s extremely poor people, live in fragile and conflict-affected settings.
“The number is forecast to grow by a staggering 82 percent by 2030. Around 244 million people are on the move, with 65 million people in our world being forcibly displaced. You might assume that for countries in the cross hairs of these dynamics, the last thing on anyone’s mind right now is getting on track to achieve the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September 2015, By Lamberto Zannier Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe(OSCE), recognizes not only that peace and security are prerequisites for achieving sustainable development, and provides the pathway to peaceful societies.
“This new peace-centred agenda ushers in a new spirit of global solidarity. With its five pillars of peace, people, planet, prosperity and partnerships, it opens a new era of development. Translating its 17 goals and 169 targets into concrete action on the ground will only be possible with the support and engagement of all major stakeholders, including Governments, civil society, business, academia, parliaments, and international organizations. As the world’s largest regional security organization under Chapter VIII (8) of the Charter of the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is ready to do its part to contribute to this critical global effort.
“With the above statistics and resolutions by international organizations it is key to Note that films can be used as a major to better reintegrate our communities hereby sustaining our content at the local and international level. It is therefore important that all hands are on deck by relevant stakeholders and the government to make sure that the society is safe for all and sundry through what we project as films to the world.
“Through collaborative efforts as the festival is geared towards harmonizing sustainable peace and development in our immediate society(like we have in Southern KADUNA) and the world at large,” he said.
He extended appreciation to their partners and the media (Trybes TV, Africa magic/DSTV, British high commission, NFVCB, Hijrah TV, Pop Central TV) and individual sponsors who he said have been working relentlessly to see that the event was a success.
“Our esteemed Gratitude goes to the Executive Governor in person Malam Nasir el-Rufai for endorsing this festival for posterity,” he added.
Full list of those who were honoured with 2020 Achievers Award below:
1. Her Excellency Dr. Mrs Olufolake Abdulrazaq (First lady Kwara state)
2. Hajiya Hafsat Mohammed Baba (Kaduna state, commissioner human services and social development)
3. Alh. Adedayo Thomas (Executive director NFVCB)
4. Zack Orji (Veteran Nollywood actor)
5. HADIZA GABON (Kannywood star)
6. Hon. Chinyere Emmanuel Igwe (Representing Port Harcourt 2 Federal Constituency)
7. DCP Frank Mba (Nigerian police force PRO)
8. Her Excellency Catriona Liang CB (British high commissioner, Nigeria)
9. Sen. Shehu Sani