Dino Melaye, embattled lawmaker representing Kogi west senatorial district, has made his Nollywood debut in ‘Equity Unbound’, a television series, alongside other prominent actors.
The Kogi-born politician and senator was on Friday unveiled as lead character of the film, hours after losing his seat at the appeal court.
Melaye is expected to feature alongside Dan Nwanyanwu, the national chairman of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), and other notable Nollywood actors like Bruno Iwuoha, Linc Edochie, Victor Decke, Paul Sambo in the series.
‘Equity Unbound’ is an idea of the Pillars of Hope African Initiative (POHAI).
Speaking about the project, Chinyere Onyemekara, the country director of POHAI, said the main focus of the movie is on “equal rights and social justices in Africa”, using Nigeria as a case study.
“Equity unbound TV series is a soap opera that holistically ex-ray the quality of justice system in Nigeria and its attendant effect on both the masses, the elites and the government,” she said.
“It is a mind blowing expository drama presentation of the human rights challenges of an ordinary common Nigerian. A good example of the issues treated in this series is the recent report by BBC, on the pervasive threat of “sax for grades and sex for Marks” in Nigeria’s institutions of learning.
“A 120mins pilot episode of Equity unbound TV series has been shot with so many celebrity Actors and with state of the art equipment cum professionais and highly motivated crew.
“The idea of this, is to use drama as an effective tool of communication to correct the ills and promote an acceptable social justice system in Nigeria.
“Gentlemen of the press, you will agree that Africa and Nigeria in particular is far behind in terms of perfect justice system and equitable society.
“We at POHAI has taken it upon ourselves to expose these shortcomings for the purpose of strategic attention and correction:
“We hereby call on members of the fourth estate of the realm, civil society groups, the international community, cooperate organizations, Nigerian government at all levels and well-meaning Nigerians to support in whatever way possible to bring this humanitarian project to fruition.”
On his part, Melaye said he was elated to be part of a project that would expose unjust act in the society.
“I’m happy to have participated in the series, especially as it will help correct social problems in the country. I am not a greenhorn in acting because I emerged as the best actor during my NYSC program,” he said.
“I am ready to serve this country in any capacity and I feel that participating in the series is another way of contributing my quota in correcting the social ills in Nigeria.
“If I have such opportunity again I won’t hesitate to take it.”
In the 120-minute TV series, the legislator is expected to assume the role of Joshua, which is an assemblage of professional actors and politicians.
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