Leadership, Trust and Covid-19 in Nigeria, the feature documentary film structured around the incident and management of the pandemic in the country will be formally launched on Friday in Lagos.
A collaborative work between Daria Media and Zuri25 Media, Unmasked, is produced/directed by Femi Odugbemi, and co-produced/presented by Kadaria Ahmed.
It features a stellar cast of resource persons drawn from the medical, political and other relevant sectors of the society, was released in March
The event of Friday May 7 is, however, not just for the screening of the film, it will feature a conversation around the issues thrown up by the extensive research which led to the production of the documentary.
The conversation is designed as a public-private sector collaboration for the development of a robust and effective public health care system.
Eminent personalities lined up to participate in the conversation are, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi; immediate past chairman of First Bank of Nigeria Ltd, Mrs Ibukun Awosika and Mr Tosin Runsewe, Chairman / Non-Executive Director of Evercare Hospital Lekki, Lagos.
After the Lagos premiere, the screening of the film, and the attendant conversation will also be staged in other major cities of the country, with other set of speakers and discussants, the organisers said in a statement.
The documentary was first screened at the 2021 iREP International Documentary Film Festival to critical acclaim by the international audience from four continents.
In giving the background to the production of the documentary, Odugbemi stated: “The Covid-19 pandemic has turned the world on its head and hit the world’s most populous black nation Nigeria with predictable ferocity. And with its soft underbelly of corruption, poor healthcare infrastructure, weak systems and an ever-increasing number of its population below the poverty line, the portent is dire. Could this also be an opportunity for reset?”