Omawunmi Megbele and Aituaje Iruobe, Nigerian singers popularly referred to as Omawumi and Waje, have joined other celebrities in spreading awareness about malaria and the plight of less privileged children in Nigeria.

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Both artists will feature in ‘Anave’, a short film sponsored by Sterling Bank and the Malaria, Child, Maternal Mortality Eradication (MACMME) project.

‘Anave’ was written and directed by Nicolette Ndigwe while Abubakar Suleiman, chief executive officer of Sterling Bank, and Frank Nweke Jnr., former minister of information and communications, served as co-executive producers.

“Anave tells the story of an eight-year-old boy whose mother dies from malaria complications at childbirth, leaving him at the mercy of an orphanage. He ends up on the street in a quest for an education where he faces the struggles of the vulnerable poor and homeless,” Ndigwe said.

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Speaking further, she said the movie campaign would raise a voice for the plight of the underprivileged Nigerian child and mother, 3,000 of whom die daily from preventable diseases and about the need to cooperate in the fight against malaria mortality, the creation of basic health care, as well as housing and education opportunities for the underprivileged Nigerian.

The movie is to be screened to large audiences across Nigeria including educational institutions, as part of a plan to sensitise the public about the plight of the underprivileged Nigerian.

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