The Director-General of National Broadcasting Commission, Charles Ebuebu, has said the commission is poised to fight and campaign against gender-based violence to reduce the prevalence in the country.
Mr Ebuebu stated this at the “Official cast unveiling” of Nollywood producer, Biodun Stephen’s film, “Deafening Silence,” on Tuesday in Abuja.
The movie was presented by the Joint EU-UN Spotlight Initiative in collaboration with UNDP and in partnership with Foundation for Resilient Empowerment and Development.
The movie portrays the act and consequences of GBV in a typical Nigerian society.
The film, produced by Emem Isong Misodi and by Biodun Stephen, featured Chidi Mokeme, Kate Henshaw, Bimbo Akintola, Toni Tones, Daniel Effiong, Femi Jacobs, Derby Felix, Ekamma Etim-Inyang and many others.
While the film featured the aforementioned actors, the Limited Series of the movie featured Mary Lazarus, Pere Ebi, Femi Branch and others.
According to the NBC boss, GBV is one of the societal ills that need to be addressed, adding that, “we usually see it around us, in our families, communities and societies.”
Mr Ebuebu explained that the broadcast media is the platform that could be used to drive the message home, because it shapes ideas, policies and the likes.
“From the calibre of actors and actresses featured in the film, it is going to speak for what it is. I want to thank the cast, crew, scriptwriter and everyone that made the movie what it is. NBC will definitely support any narrative to address societal ills, including GBV. You can count on us every time. This is required. We are poised and willing to take it further. These issues need to be addressed. It falls within the narrative and certain initiatives that we have and are going to roll out soon.
“We are just putting our house together, because I just got appointed a few weeks ago. After putting our house together, we will come out in a new way and part of this falls within the initiative we are putting together. I hope that this serves as a catalyst to addressing these ills that we have in society; and you can count on the NBC at any time to support this,” Mr Ebuebu said.
The event, supported by the Ministry of Women Affairs, UNDP, FRED and Spotlight Initiative, featured spoken word performances and brief comments by the producer and some of the cast.
It also attracted members of the diplomatic community, especially the UN.