New film ‘Street Kid’ addresses child labour, literacy

Entertainment

Nollywood has seen a high turnout of cinema movies in recent times but almost none is focused on the issue of child labour and literacy as a new movie, ‘Street Kid’ does.

The movie which recently concluded production and is getting ready to hit the cinemas soon, according to its makers, will advocate on the need for child literacy while making a statement on child labour as well.

The movie tells the story of a street kid who was forced to drop out of school to sell on the street and how he helped a rich kid to win a national spelling competition in our Nigerian indigenous languages.

The ‘Street Kid’ is a film that projects the “Ooni of Ife National Schools Spelling Competition in Nigerian Indigenous Language” and helps promote the preservation of our indigenous languages and cultures.

The stars of the movie cut across both the English genre and Yoruba genre, with the likes of Chioma Akpotha, Kalu Ikeagwu, Toyin Abraham, Jibola Dabo, Rachel Oniga, Patrick Doyle, Femi Durojaiye and others. The movie was directed by Tony Dudu, produced by Wale Muraina and Executive Produced by Dickson Edward.

“Street Kid is not your regular movie and that is obvious in the kind of story we choose to tell,” said Muraina as he talked of the revolutionary nature of the movie.

“It was not about financial returns for us but about bringing to the front page of discussion issues that pertains to child labour and literacy for the child. Education is a fundamental human right of every child but we have seen a consistent decline in the number of children in school. A certain report even indicated that we have the largest number of out of school children in the world. This is sad and terrible and this is why we believe our movie, Street Kid will drive the necessary discussions we need to have in order to find lasting solutions to these problems.

“We are calling on everyone to come out as soon as the movie gets to the cinemas, see the movie and start a discussion from there. Let’s stop child labour and get every child into school.”

The ‘Street Kid’ movie has enjoyed support from the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and will be in cinemas nationwide soon.

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