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Imagine a handful of youths waking up daily only to question the essence of survival and a game of cards. They once had a home, they once had something to do with their lives but presently they have been stripped of purpose and hope. They now live in camps. They are now labeled, “Internally Displaced Persons.” This is the case of some Nigerian Youths who now suffer the effects of terrorism.
“Write your way up!” the tagline for UPPIFY.ORG - a Fanami Project, recently launched and has plans to engage these youths. The core of the platform is for critical reviews of Nigerian Films but what makes Uppify different from other review platforms is the pathway to developing nextgen Storytellers. Users earn points when they review films or offer critical comments on reviews. With 10,000 points, a user will be eligible to join A.I.R – an Artist in Residency program where mentorship and scholarship can enable the development of the user’s story into a film.
Fanami Project plans to engage the youths in IDP camps through a special offering which will provide smartphones with data plans to talented Storytellers in the camps to enable their access to UPPIFY.ORG.
Why storytellers? UBONG E. ETON, the visionary behind Fanami project said, ”Stories have the power to inspire change in a generation. By developing storytellers who inspire and enlighten, we can set into motion a culture of youths who are impacting their communities through stories that speak life and bring hope. Imagine seven months from now, a number of the youths in IDP camps are not waking up to a game of cards, they are not questioning essence of survival but they are writing screenplays, they are running around and creating films. They are touring film festivals, They are saying, “we wrote ourselves up!” Imagine the inspiration they will become to the youths in their communities, in this, the mission of the Fanami Project will be fulfilled.”
UPPIFY.ORG is now live, and a mobile app is slated for launch by the end of 2016. A crowdfunding campaign is also planned to raise awareness and also garner support in order to reach more youths.
The Fanami Project is UBONG E. ETON’s initiative dedicated to redefining futures for youths in developing countries.
UBONG E. ETON is the author of 8:59 - When the only certainty is a mirage. After graduating from the Los Angeles Dream Center Leadership School in 2012, he served with the Dream Center Media producing stories for Project Prevention. He also coordinated live streaming for the historic Angelus Temple. He currently serves with the Interactive Media Team at the multi-award winning creative agency - PlainJoe Studios based in Southern California. Ubong holds a diploma in Creative Multimedia, a BFA in Cinema and Television and is very passionate about making a difference in the lives of youths.