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Ibekwe wins best film prize @ Ecrans Noire filmfest

Chike Ibekwe, whose project “Letter to the Prof” is slated for the Babylon International Assisted Funds, has continue to add more feathers to his cap. The young Nigerian film maker won the Best Film Prize award at the just concluded 14th Ecrans Noire Film Festival in Cameroun.

Ibekwe’s “Eternal” shared the Golden Screen best film award with “An Unusual Woman” by Abdoulaye Dao, a director from Burkina Faso. His  film was the only Nigerian film in competition with other outstanding features from France, Haiti, and other countries but it came out tops.

“Eternal”, a 94 -minute film, tells the story of two Nigerian soldier friends, and members of the West African intervention force, ECOMOG, Dozie and Chima on peace keeping in Sierra Leone. Unfortunately, Chima is killed in a car accident as they head to base after a social event.

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A devastated Dozie finds himself overwhelmed by the ghost of Chima after a long and protracted mourning, a symptomatic of a continued bond. Funding for the film project was  from France.

The film was selected and screened at Film festival d’armiens in France in 2008 and at ZUMA Film festival in Nigeria in 2008.His second film,  Letter to the Professor features Prof. Wole Soyinka, the first African Nobel laureate in Literature.


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