Achievements of Nivushe animation.
What remarkable day! A MILESTONE set on for Tai Tanzania. It was 11th February 2021, a day that we had our awe-aspiring short film called NIVUSHE launched on the big screens, at Century Cinemax, Mlimani City funded by USADF.
The day started with quite an interesting foul note. It was a cold rainy Thursday, which set whole delay on logistics and commencement of the events on our guest had not yet arrived. Regardless of the chilly showers and moody weather, our determined faces were planted on the venue ready to set the on the shoulder road.
At around 10:00 hours the event launch had begun; with our executive director Ian Tarimo, giving his opening remarks. There on, a distinctive introduction of our team from our head operations, Debora Maboya who proceeded heartfelt speech of recognition from USADF’s very own Mr. Nkini gave a note on the collaborative roles of the government, private sectors and NGOs in fostering community development.
After an inspiring poem from setting on the importance of girl’s pursuit in science technology; we had our big reveal: the NIVUSHE short film. A five minutes story about Njaro, a young girl with albinism who aspires to be an inventor and scientist, meets with skepticism and prejudices from her own family and the community because of her skin condition.
Resilience makes her witty and courageous and she strives achieve her goal; inventing a flip-switch circuit, regardless of her opposition. The film was not only tear-jerking it was a completely astonishing! The audience simply could not get enough of it that it had to be replayed!
From then, a panel discussion was held and facilitated by miss Maboya under the theme; “Inclusion of persons with disabilities and perspectives in national development”.
A panel had five participants; a University student representative, a stakeholder from ‘Her Ability’, a child activist and Doris Mollel. It was a very lucrative discussion to which we believe left the audience with very important takeaways they can brainstorm. The audience had emotional and positive feedbacks after the film screening.
“I’m moved with authenticity of how Tai Tanzania told the problem; it is something that not many people know and should definitely know of another remarked. It made us feel quite accomplished with smiles beaming on our faces”. Ms Doris Mollel.
The guest of honor, Madam Zainabu Masilamba, social work officer of Ubungo Municipal who represented the district Commissioner of Ubungo, also had quite a lot to say “there are many Njaro’s in our societies so let’s be ambassadors of truth, let us try our best to relive Njaro’s character on our daily lives by making sure that discrimination and stigmatization do not restrict one’s dreams.” Am inspired by Tai for bringing us this beautiful message, I urge that we all take the example. Congratulations to Tai”, she finished.
After watching the Nivushe film this what some of the audience has revealed most of them they were so impressed and carried away with emotions.
“First and foremost, I’m so glad to see how organizations that don’t advocate for people with disabilities like Tai, are involved in disability issues. Through the short film Nivushe, I have understood that the society shouldn’t exclude people with disabilities rather they should support them like the others. People with disabilities are talented and gifted and they can also contribute to the development of our societies.” ~Fatma Salu
“What I would like to say is, I liked that girl in the film, Njaro. This film has not only touched people with disabilities but also people with no disabilities. It’s the film that has reflected the reality of our society and what people with disabilities face every day.” Says Rebecca Stanley Mula
“I’m impressed with how the animation has been designed and I have been caught up with deep thoughts about how much our community undermines our abilities, thinking that we are unable to do great things but in real sense we can.”