Hours after Dino Melaye was denied victory by the appeal court, the outspoken senator took to acting. He would be featuring in a movie titled “Equity Unbound”, an idea of the Pillars of Hope African Initiative (POHAI). The Kogi born senator featured as one of the key actors, alongside the national chairman of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) Chief Dan Nwayanwu.
Other prominent actors featuring in the movie include: Linc Edochie, Victor Decke, Chief Bruno Iwuola and Paul Sambo.
While addressing a world press conference, the Country Director of POHAI, Chinyere Onyemekara, said the focus of the project is on ‘equal rights and social justices in Africa,’ using Nigeria as a case study. She said:
“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. 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 “sex 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 professionals 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.”
“We at POHAI have 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”.
The Senator has also spoken on why he decided to feature in the movie. He said:
“There is no tension over the verdict of the Appeal Court. Life goes on.“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.
“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 society ills in Nigeria. If I have such opportunity again I won’t hesitate to take it”
The drama’s director said that Melaye acted the role of Joshua in the series, which is an assemblage of professional actors and politicians.
“The drama is all about tackling social vices in the society. The drama, he said captures such issues like corruption, injustice, bad governance and so on,” he stated.