MBMFIF in  partnership with The Big Ben Foundation and its partners payed a courtesy visit to the show runners of JEMEJI TV SHOW in their office / location at Ipaja on Wednesday 9th of August 2017 .

In appreciating the show runners for projecting the Ogu ( GU ) Language, Culture, Food, Dance etc, visit to the Badagry Corridor and also for projecting our communities to the world through the JEMEJI SHOW on the DSTV Channel 151 platform. This show of care has contributed to returning the lost glory of Badagry and placed her back on the world map.

Prince Adeyinka Amosu; the Director of Lagos Operations, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN),  led the delegation accompanied by Mrs.Olajide Oluwafunmilola Ade, Mr. Adebodun Toplonu Sewanu, Mr.Tunde Agbaosi, Comrade Sefinrinmi Toviho, Mr.Adebodun-Topronu Opeoluwa, Mawuyon Ogun, Arch. Mayor Miyise Fasinu R. They were received by Viyon Awhanse, Founder/Ceo. MBMFIF organizers of the historic tour, who is the cultural consultant on the JEMEJI show led the delegation on tour of the sets, Prince Adeyinka Amosu said that the Nigerian Cultural heritage, Languages and Arts has not been exploited to its fullest.

The MBMFIF and its partners genuine intention and support is to see that Badagry becomes a major hub for Tourism, Hospitality, Investment and a one stop centre in Lagos, Africa. To give her a future that will attract positive investment cannot be over emphasized. Their support to the MBMFIF is already re-beaming searchlight to Badagry and Nigeria. This gesture and attention has also helped in adding value to the Badagry Corridor. The Cultural Consultant and Location Manager on the show Viyon Awhanse, who is representing the MBMFIF as the Cultural Consultant and his assistant  Mawuyon Ogun both are also acting as the town crier and priestess respectively on the show.

WHAT IS #AMJemeji ?   A Telenovela. It tells the story of a young medical doctor SENAMI who returns home after studying abroad and is excited to be posted to a village to work AJI her accessorial home ( Ajirakome) .What however seems like a dream come true soon becomes a nightmare without end as family and childhood secrets begin to unravel. Staring #Akinlewis as #OTOGAN , @ayo_ollaas #OVIYON . The show is commisioned by Africa Magic and it airs on Africa Magic showcase DStv Channel 151. Monday to Friday – 8.30pm

We thank you, for your kind consideration of our request to pay TATAFOHQ a courtesy visit . Attached herewith is the report By Nkiru Ifeajuna, of NAN on the historic tour.

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REPORT By Nkiru Ifeajuna, NAN  on JEMEJI .

Some indigenes of Badagry on 9th of August 2017 visited four locations at Iyana Ipaja, a suburb of Lagos ,where“Jemeji’’ a soap opera and an indigenous movie series on Badagry, one of the five old divisions of Lagos State, is being recorded.

“Jemeji’’ meaning “Turn by Turn’’ series; which is promoting the culture, language, arts and the way of life of the people of Badagry has been on air through DSTV since December 2016

Prince Adeyinka Amosu, the Director of Lagos Operations, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), who led the delegation on tour of the sets, said that Nigerian cultural heritages, languages and arts have not been exploited to their fullest. Amosu commended Sanchez Aghahowa, the Creative and Executive Producer of the movie, for initiating that kind of soap opera on Nigeria’s culture and traditions in general and Badagry in particular.

“There are many unique cultural heritage sites, languages and diverse cultures and traditions in Nigeria that can be projected to the outside world. “We need to make families sit and watch our own local contents and make them stay and learn our languages and ways of life; that will help build our society again. “We need to drum it into the ears of the young generation that our culture and languages are spring board they need to make it not other imported cultures,’’ he said. He noted that the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) had done its research and came up with its findings that confirmed that children could speak 15 languages at a time. “We need to key into that.’’ Another indigene of Badagry on the entourage, Mrs Funmilola Olajide,;Director Quality Assurance Office in the Ministry of Education, Lagos state, said that the school curriculum needed to be updated every time. “We need to input the learning of different languages into our curricular, most historical heritages needs to be maintained and used as history to teach the children. “We need to improve the quality of education; update the school libraries for better learning and do a lot of research in our languages to find its English meaning.

“It will help the young ones, mostly to be able to understand what we are talking about,’’ he said. Sanchez Aghahowa, the Creative and Executive producer of “Jemeji’’ said that what informed his doing a series on Badagry was because of a documentary he edited about the town. “It was interesting to me and I asked the person where he got the materials from and he said it was from Badagry. I have always wanted to do films on minority tribes, not popular in the media. “Our cultures are often times ignored because the mainstream media in Nigeria described: Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa as the only popular three tribes that seem to represent Nigeria,’’ he said.  The producer said that he and his team went to understudy the people of Badagry and had a feel of what was happening there before embarking on shooting the series.

He said that he would run 260 episodes, but “ I would have to shoot in Badagry if the episodes are about finishing; it is a pretty big crew of about 200 people. “So moving them from Ipaja to Badagry is a very herculean task. It is costly and stressful. Amenities are lacking, some areas do not still have electricity.

“There is lack of good security; we encounter them in the course of our jobs, in carrying our equipment around.

“And a huge logistical challenge anytime we want to shoot,’’ he said.

NAN reports that Badagry played a very vital role in Nigerian history.It was a slave trade route. It has Mobee slave Museum; Badagry is known for its coconuts beaches. It was a big slave point for French Saint-Domingue, today’s Haiti. The main God of Haiti official religion is Vodun and which is called Ogun-Badagry. Badagry has a traditional ruler called Wheno Aholuship, with title of the Akran of Badagry and has seven white cap high chiefs.

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