Abandoned by his parents, growing up in a brothel and getting raped at the age of 10, Award-winning filmmaker, Ifan Ifeanyi Michael recounts his troubled childhood and his journey to stardom on this week’s episode of #WithChude.
Speaking about what kept him going during the difficult years, Ifan said, “I knew I was a star; I knew I had something in me that was different from what everyone else had. I knew I was talented and that’s what kept me going.”
He learnt very early on to make the best of the opportunities he came by channeling everything that happened to him into being better.
When asked about getting justice, Ifan said, “Anywhere this person is, I am sure he will never forget this face. Hearing me say these things should give them the wisdom to adjust if they’re still living that same life. But for me, I have moved on. I’ve been able to chase a better career for myself, and to build a life.”
By telling his story, Ifan hopes to inspire others who have gone through a similar experience to find the strength and courage to heal and share their own stories with the world.
#WithChude is a special series of targeted multimedia conversations and investigations focused on narratives that enable and strengthen the mind, heart, and spirit. New episodes of #WithChude show every Saturday at 9pm on TVC Entertainment, and every Thursday on EbonyLife TV at 7:30pm. With an extended play podcast up on Spotify, iTunes among other podcast platforms every Wednesday at 10:00am, everyone can join the conversations.
Rt. Hon. Dekor Inspects Constituency Office, Promises Robust Representation
For effective representation and interface between lawmakers and their constituents on their needs, challenges and desires, there should be a constituency office in every constituency.
The federal lawmaker representing Khana/Gokana Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Dumnamene Robinson Dekor made the remark while inspecting the magnificent constituency office for his federal constituency over the weekend in Bori, headquarters of Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Rt. Hon. Dekor said with the constituency office now ready and well equipped, regular meetings and interactions between him and his constituents have been made a lot easier.
He also noted that such regular interactions will promote exchange of ideas on the pressing needs of the people and better appreciation of laws and motions of the National Assembly as they relate to his constituents and the Ogoni people in general.
“Such interactions facilitated by the Constituency Office will also provide and equip me with enough and balanced information about the needs and aspirations as well as the reactions of my people to government policies to put up a robust representation for them”, Rt. Hon. Dekor declared.
The federal lawmaker urged his constituents to take advantage of the constituency office and its communication facilities to get closer to him with information and ideas that will impact positively on the people and the area.