Saturday, 25 February 2017

Veteran Actor, Charles Okafor receives $450,000 from Swiss Government for a new movie


The Government of Switzerland has offered veteran Nollywood actor, Charles Okafor $450,000 to make a movie that centers on immigration, and the dangers of living illegally in Europe.

Spokesperson for the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM), Lukas Rieder, said the authority would sponsor the movie and that it will be shown on Nigerian television stations.

“We have seen that a lack of information or false information is one of the main problems that leads to illegal migration,” Rieder told The Local. “Human traffickers tell potential migrants that Switzerland is paradise, it’s El Dorado. But that’s not true. We want to provide objective information about the dangers of passage, and the dangers of living in Switzerland.

The movie which is titled Missing Steps tells the story of a 20-something university-educated protagonist. 

He gets into debt and flees to the landlocked European state to solve his financial problems, with the help of traffickers.

But he is denied asylum by the Swiss authorities, and deported to his own country – poor, isolated and unhappy.

According to Okafor, the movie series which has 13 episodes, each 45 minutes costs less than an episode of many Western-made soaps, particularly if it can be shown across multiple African countries.

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