By Sunday Awosoro.
“I had a lot of sleepless nights thinking about how to carve the script to a more interesting story that will catch people’s attention… It was during this directing that I knew that leading people is a very tedious job,” Olubodun said as he recounted his experiences.
Olubodun Akintunde is a 400 level student of the Mass Communication department at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), Ondo state. With the support of his lecturer, Mr. Lamidi Ishola and his level mates as the casts, he successfully directed the production of “The Scar”.
According to Lamidi who took the course, “The Scar,” whose idea was birthed during the 2020’s UNICEF conference held in Owerri, is a movie that poses blunt stand against child abuse.
As described by the World Health Organization, child abuse “includes all types of physical and/or emotional ill-treatment, sexual abuse, neglect, negligence and commercial or other exploitation, which results in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, survival, development or dignity in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust or power”.
Alongside several organizations standing up against this inhumane act, the department of Mass Communication, AAUA has contributed its quota to the better life of victims, with the movie.
Lamidi further lamented how inaccessible modern equipments and absent of technical staff have restricted the capability advancement of the students in the department. He however appealed to the government of Ondo state and AAUA administrative to give the department financial support.
“Proper funding of the department will not only help it to reach its full potential, but also put the department in a vantage position to assist the university in the handling of some of her audiovisual production.We have capable lecturers that can handle this and what we need is modern equipment and additional technical staff. If we have all these things, I can assure you that it will go a long way in assisting the university,” he added.
As gathered by The Vent Republic, Olubodun joyously expressed his thoughts on his directing role, as the movie got premiered at the Olusegun Obasanjo Multipurpose Hall in the school.
He said: “I had a lot of experiences on how to deal with people, man, relationship especially leadership role. It was during this directing that I knew that leading people is a very tedious job. But to God be the glory, most of the experience I had during the shooting, scripting and directing of the movie are nice experience; they will help me to build myself for more important goals.”