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The movie

The movie

GENRE: Drama, Coming-of-Age
SUB-GENRE: Inspirational, Comedy, Romance

SCREENPLAY written by:

Nengi Diri
Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji

LOGLINE: When enrolled in the most prestigious Tech School in the country, a poor, non-conventional teenage girl must prove her genius and save her family, despite the myriad challenges she faces.

SYNOPSIS:

“I have a gift. My mother is convinced that my big heart is a gift to the world. My brother says my math and physics skills are my gifts. My father believes that my gift is that I’m female because I will one day marry a rich man. My best friend is convinced my hands are where my gift lies. Na dem get their mouth. I no fit tell them wetin to talk. But I know that my gift makes me one of them – Melanie Perkins, Omobola Johnson, Sheryl Sandberg, Juliet Ehimuan, Judith Okonkwo, Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, Marliyyah Mahmood, Yanmo Omorogbe, Zara Sodangi. I don’t know how I’ll get there yet. But oh! I will. Zara will.” – Zara’s opening VO

16-year-old Zara Sodangi isn’t having the best of times. Her welder father is a thorn in her flesh and her akara-seller Mother is barely bearing the burden of providing for the family. Zara’s mentor challenges her to apply for a scholarship to Makemation.

Makemation is not only the most prestigious tech school in the country because of its 7 figure fees, the opportunities accessible to its students and alums, its standards are rigorously high and only for the best brains. Zara is convinced that she doesn’t qualify – but things get worse at home with her sick father and distressed mom, so Zara is determined to get selected into the entrance assessment Ideathon, certain it’s a wild goose chase.

She’s beyond shocked to not just be given the admission into Makemation’s 9-month Product Design Program which earns the top graduating student Funding for tuition and boarding to an International University but also N10Million.

Zara is determined to win the prize and reverse the fortunes of her family – but while Makemation is a beautiful campus with top-notch facilities and genius tutors, Zara’s classmates are standoffish to ‘the new poor girl’.

She struggles to fit in, hiding her poverty background and feigning a classy front. Soon, the mentorship of the good natured and avant-garde Miss Zanzi, the school’s most loved and sought-after Instructor, and of course, Zara’s sharp mind, helps her become the second smartest student, and gradually she makes friends – but 18-year-old Anabelle Jenkins remains condescending to Zara.

As Zara dives into the world of Product Design, Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence, she deals with conflicts on many fronts: worsening conditions at home, the antagonism of some classmates, social profiling, fear that she won’t win the best student award and the struggle to keep up with the demanding lectures and take-home assignments.

She manages to weather the storms, learning new things – not just about Software Engineering, Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence, but about herself and about life – and coming into her own as a young woman – but just as things start to look up for her, a string of unfortunate incidents knock Zara down.

It is unclear if she can make it through the School and graduate. Zara, who has defeated many demons in the course of her journey, must look within to defeat the strongest one – a crippling lack of self-worth – if she’s to stand a chance of victory. But days to the end of the Session, will Zara have the will or the time to accept herself for who she is and overcome? Makemation is a coming-of-age tale and intellectual, inspirational cum romantic thriller about an ordinary girl fighting extraordinary battles.

It’s a break out 4-quadrant family tale with high tension, fun set-pieces and a universal theme of loving oneself, regardless of one’s backgrounds and other standards by which the world puts us down.

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