Peter Joshua Chukwuebuka
My name is Peter Joshua Chukwuebuka but shortly called Peejay Ebuka. I am a Nigerian from the ibo nation and graduate of Accounting.
My passion for filmmaking led me into learning how to write movie scripts because I want to tell my stories my own way. I believe that I can be a change agent with the contents I create and the characters I represent in my movies. I have done some work as a young Filmmaker hoping that the universe will smile at me with bigger platforms to show all I have inside of me.
What inspired you to enter the World NTD Day Story telling competition?
A friend of mine called me to help tell her what to do about a competition she wants to be involved in. I read and behold I was shocked that the 20 selected diseases I know nothing about. After helping her out I decided to enter the competition because I believe with my story people in my area would be able to understand the harmful effects of these NTDs and the urgency it calls. I quickly drafted a story immediately and called my friends to come in for the Production.
Why does fighting NTDs matter to you?
I selected Dengue because of the fear I had knowing it is caused by mosquito bites and here we are, friends with mosquitoes. Imagine the remaining 19 which I have not heard of before and I believe many don’t know they exist. This fight is sacrosanct to me because I provide useful information to people on issues or ideas that will preserve their lives. Creating awareness on NTDs is a call everyone has to answer.
How do you intend on continuing the fight against NTDs after this competition?
Creating more relatable content that I believe can go a long way. People are visually attracted. As a Filmmaker and with the needed resources, short films can be made available for continuous follow-up and online awareness.
What would be your request to your country’s leaders regarding fighting NTDs?
Primary health care centers in the rural areas should be equipped with necessary equipment to handle emergencies and most importantly empowered with the needed resources to commence grassroot awareness programs against NTDs. Something like Door to Door campaigns.