The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Nigeria cordially invites and encourages all the young Nigerian filmmakers and film enthusiasts to express their views on the topic of Combating Trafficking in Persons in Nigeria through participating at the IOM Short Film Contest.

Film is a universal medium to illustrate untold stories that can inspire and educate, foster dialogue, create empathy among the public, and guide people to take action on complex and multi-layered phenomena such as trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants. Many factors increase vulnerability to these criminal activities, including conflict, displacement and environmental disaster. Thus, education and awareness-raising of the public have the most important role in combating the practice.

Through a committee comprised of experts on migration, Counter Trafficking, film and media, IOM will review and select the top submissions in two categories of official competition and the popular vote.

The deadline to submit videos to the IOM Short Film Contest on Combating Trafficking in Persons in Nigeria is 14 July 2023.

The list of selected winners in both categories (popular vote and official competition) will be announced on the occasion of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, 30 July 2023, to receive the cash prizes and special recognition:


 Top Award   
 3,000 USD

 2nd Award
 2,000 USD

 3rd Award
 1,000 USD

 Winner of the Popular Vote
 2,000 USD





Entries for the contest has been closed. You can watch the accepted entries from the button below:


How to Participate

Entries for the contest has been closed. You can watch the accepted entries from the button below:



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Meet the Jury
Anne Abok

Anne Abok is a passionate itinerant speaker, ontological leader, media trainer and accredited facilitator with the South African qualification framework. Anne’s passion for social change and transformation of society led her to pioneer Media Village Nigeria and Media Coalition & Awareness to Halt Human Trafficking (MeCAHT) working in South Africa, Nigeria and Europe. As a certified international trainer with the Radio Netherlands Training Centre (RNTC), Anne has offered training in human trafficking, video and film production in about 36 countries. Anne uses her foundation in cross-cultural, intrapersonal, and interpersonal communication to help people discover and develop themselves as effective communicators. Anne is an award winner with 22 years of experience in development and filmmaking.

Laurent de Boeck_IOM chief of mission

Laurent De Boeck is IOM Nigeria Chief of Mission. Prior to his assignment in Nigeria, Mr. de Boeck led IOM missions in Egypt and Yemen. From 2015 to 2016, he directed the Labour Mobility & Human Development Division in the IOM Headquarters in Geneva. He was IOM Chief of Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 2012 to 2014, and prior to that he was the Director of Observatory on Migration, advising the Secretary General of the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), covering 79 countries.
He joined IOM in 1996 and served in numerous positions in Belgium, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti and Rwanda.
He holds a degree in Public and International Affairs, Diplomacy and International Economy, as well as a degree in Social and Economic Sciences from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) and the University of Tilburg (Netherlands).

Lerina Bright

Lerina Bright is the founder of MISSION89a research, education and advocacy NGO based in Geneva, aiming to mitigate child trafficking in sports. Through grassroots and digital campaign initiatives the organization raises awareness of the trafficking phenomena among youth in a space that has become increasingly targeted by fraudsters posing as agents. The ultimate goal of MISSION89 is to advocate for and facilitate a process that brings about policies which create a safe pathway for youth in pursuit of a professional career in sport. Lerina’s long history in sports management and administration includes roles with national and international sport federations in Europe, the Middle East, North America, and the Caribbean. She holds an M.A. in Sport Administration from the AISTS in Lausanne, Switzerland and B.A. in International Studies & Economics from the University of Miami, Florida. 

Oliver Stolpe UNODC

Dr. Oliver Stolpe has been serving as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Representative in Nigeria since November 2018. Dr. Stolpe, who first joined UNODC in 1999, served the organization in multiple functions, including as Chief of Section responsible for supporting Member States in the effective implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption, as the manager of UNODCs Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration and as senior advisor at the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative. Dr. Stolpe has been implementing projects for UNODC in Nigeria since 2001 and was posted to Nigeria from 2008 to 2011. Dr. Stolpe, holds a PhD in Law from the University of Würzburg in Germany with a thesis focusing on Strategies against Organized Crime – Asset Recovery and Anti-Money Laundering in the fight against Mafia type organizations.

Fatima Waziri Azi of NAPTIP

Prof. Fatima Waziri-Azi is the Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP). Before her appointment at NAPTIP she was an advisor on the rule of law to the President of Nigeria. She is a Professor of Law at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies; Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (United Kingdom), Notary Public for Nigeria; a distinguished academic, a published author, legal practitioner, and human rights activist.


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