The Nigeria Leadership initiative (NLI) presented to the public on
Wednesday 26 May, 2010, Notes2Note – a 12 minute documentary of video
clips, graphics and animation that tells a story of Nigeria’s rich history
and core values using Naira Notes (and the Founding Fathers) as
The media and VIP premiere held at the Genesis Deluxe Cinemas in Lagos.
Guests at the event (including NLI Fellows and Associates),included Maryam
Uwais, Asue Ighodalo, Prof. Yemi Osibajo, Leke Alder, Tunde Kuboye, Muhtar
Bakare, Kate Henshaw-Nuttall, amongst others.
The animated video, which runs for 12 minutes, employs celebrities to
highlight short values lessons of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi
Awolowo, Alvan Ikoku, Murtala Mohammed, and other remarkable Nigerians who
are on the Naira notes. Values such as integrity, industry and patriotism
are brought to the fore.
The narration which expressed the loyalty of these national heroes to
nation building and their desire to put Nigeria in the forefront of the
African continent was performed by Nigerian celebrities of high ethical
standard such as MI, Sasha, BOUQUI, Omawumi, Kate Henshaw-Nuttall, Aisha
Augie-Kuta, TY Bello, Chioma Omeruah (C-Flow), and RoofTop Mcs.
A performance by soul singer Modele welcomed the guests to the venue.
Following this, there was an introduction to the CLEVER initiative, which
is the umbrella idea for Notes2Note, by Hauwa Magoro, who is chair of
NLI’s Projects Committee and a member of its Management Board. After the
screening, some of the celebrities Kate Henshaw-Nuttall, Aisha Augie-Kuta
and the Rooftop MCs spoke to the audience about their involvement in the
project and audience questions were taken.
Also present at the event were students from Princeton School. This was
important because the animated video will now be taken around schools in
the county, with the support of corporate sponsors.
Support for the event was provided by Central Bank of Nigeria, GTAssur,
Aso Savings & Loans, Cityview Estates, Citibank, Genesis Deluxe Cinemas,
Critics Facilities Company, Zaphaire Events, Perception Celloette and