IOM Nigeria Announces Winners of the Short Film Contest on 'Combating Human Trafficking'

Presentation of the first prize award to Osita-Obasi Ijeoma for the film 'Zanifa' in the Short Film Contest on 'Combating Human Trafficking'. Photo: IOM 2023/Elijah Elaigwu

Abuja - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Nigeria is proud to announce the winners of the IOM Nigeria 2023 Short Film Contest on 'Combating Human Trafficking.' This contest has drawn attention to the critical issue of human trafficking through the lens of creativity and storytelling.

The contest was a call to action for filmmakers and storytellers to use their talents to shed light on one of the most pressing challenges of our time: human trafficking. Through their films, participants demonstrated their dedication to addressing this grave violation of human rights and driving real change.

The winners were selected in various categories, each of which highlighted different aspects of the fight against human trafficking. These talented individuals have not only created compelling narratives but have also shown their commitment to being advocates in the ongoing battle against exploitation, inequality, and the violation of human dignity.

The winning entries in the IOM Nigeria Short Film Contest on 'Combating Human Trafficking' are:

Category: Jury Award

  • First Place: Zanifa by Osita-Obasi Ijeoma
  • Second Place: Poached by Adeola Andrea Peregrino
  • Third Place: Halima by Rimamkongnde Shamaki

Category: Popular Vote

  • Nets of Shadow by Toheeb Oseni

These winning films have been recognised for their ability to provoke thought, inspire action, and create meaningful conversations around the issue of human trafficking. The filmmakers have shown exceptional dedication to addressing this global challenge, and their work serves as a testament to the power of storytelling and creativity in bringing about change.

"IOM Nigeria congratulates the winners of the Short Film Contest on 'Combating Human Trafficking' for their outstanding contributions. These films are not just entertainment; they are powerful tools for raising awareness and creating a safer world for all," said Laurent De Boeck, IOM Nigeria Chief of Mission.

The winning filmmakers have received cash prizes, and their work will be showcased at various events and platforms to further raise awareness about human trafficking and the efforts to combat it. Their stories will serve as a source of inspiration and a call to action for all.

IOM Nigeria extends its gratitude to all the participants, judges, and supporters of the contest for their unwavering commitment to addressing human trafficking in Nigeria.


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