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THE ORATORY: Movie On Nigerian Street Children Set For Premiere

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‘The Oratory’, a brand-new movie showing the predicaments of street children in Nigeria, is slated for premiere on November 20 in Lagos state and November 27 in Abuja.

‘The Oratory’, directed by Obi Emelonye, featured Nigerian and international movie stars such as Enyinna Nwigwe, Celeste Marcone, Florence Uwaleke, Andrea Charles Ukpong, and Rich Lowe Ikenna.

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It was shot in various locations in Rome, Atlanta, Lagos, and Turin.

The movie produced by Cyril Odia is based on an African-American missionary story who was inspired by the Italian saint Don Bosco. Bosco was renowned for dedicating his life to the betterment and education of street children, juvenile delinquents, and other disadvantaged youth.

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Odia said there are over 100,000 street children who are vulnerable to negative societal issues such as violence, sexual abuse, trafficking, and crime.

He described this situation as a time bomb that requires concerted efforts by local and international stakeholders.

Proceeds from the movie premieres would allegedly be used to resource existing shelters in Lagos and Ibadan and to open up new child protection centers for street children across Nigeria.

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Premieres for ‘The Oratory’ have already been held in Dublin, London, Turin, and Venice.

It will screen roadshow style in four continents and in over 16 cities before year-end 2021.

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