Nollywood stars, Rita Dominic and Ramsey Nouah, have advocated for the rights of young Nigerian girls through filmmaking.
The actors made the charge at a leadership platform tagged #AsaharamiSpeaks organised by the Sahara Group.
Speaking on the theme, ‘Enhancing girl child empowerment through the medium of film’, Rita said
“As practitioners, we need to ensure that the medium of film captures their experiences and that of others who surround them to tell the most compelling stories.”
“Believe in yourself. Believe in your ability in your chosen field and believe in your talent to get you through the hard times and bad times. Movies and the media have the power to tell stories and effect change in order to project the Nigeria and the world we want to see tomorrow.”
Ramsey Nouah also added:
“It is so important to train our boys from an early age to respect the girls and women in their lives. How we raise our children really does set the tone for future gender dynamics,” he said.
Dakore who was also on the panel stated;
“The responsibility of ensuring this rests with parents and I believe we can use the medium of film to shape the narrative we desire for girls and boys alike.”
The panel discussion also gave the participants a chance to show their more vulnerable side, much to the appreciation of the audience.
Akerele-Ogunsiji also said ‘“We need to move on from a society that is male, pale and stale. Girls are raised to be more responsible and ready for the real world. In the corporate world there has been a recent paradigm shift. Most of the highest managerial positions are occupied by women.”