Renowned Nollywood director, Teco Benson, has come up with a child rights film to mark this year’s Day of the African Child. The new and innovative film titled The Fake Prophet premiered at the Silverbird Cinema, Abuja within the week.
The brain-child of a collaboration between the director and Stepping Stone Nigeria, SSN, a child rights NGO, the film seeks to address the key issues facing Nigerian children today, including abandonment, trafficking and accusations of witchcraft.
The celebration of the 2011 Day of the African Child focused on the issue of street children, a major thrust of the film which follows the struggle of two young children as they try to survive on the streets after being accused of witchcraft.
According Benson, “I am a firm believer in the utilisation of the power of the film to bring about positive change in the society and I consider The Fake Prophet the first truly socially responsible Nollywood film.
“We are sure that this film will help to hugely improve the lives of Nigerian children through raising awareness about child rights abuses. I hope that others will now follow our lead and and by that, Nollywood as a whole will begin to widely promote the protection of child rights.”
The director of the SSN, Gary Foxcroft said The Fake Prophet is an important part of the present fight against the abuse of children and that they were very excited about its potential to promote and uphold the right of Nigeria children.