BN Bytes: Monalisa Chinda stars in “Silver Lining” – A Short Film on Autism in Nigeria

In September 2011, BN featured photos and details from Monalisa Chinda‘s birthday visit to the Patrick Speech & Languages School, an educational centre for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger Syndrome and other related developmental disabilities.

Now, a short film titled “Silver Lining” presented by the Patrick Speech & Languages Centre & Royal Arts Academy is set to premiere on Sunday, 27th of May 2012.

According to a news report on;

‘Silver Lining’ is a short film about Ama, a doting mother of an only child, Junior who harbours a painful secret; Junior is severely autistic and displays classic signs, causing Ama and Femi her husband to run from pillar to post, taking him from school to school, seeking help in all sorts of places. Can there be any hope for the boy? Is there any solution to Ama’s struggles? Find out in this touching and emotionally charged short film.

The film was produced by award-winning producer Emem Isong for Patrick Speech & Languages Centre. The film was assistant-produced by Uduak Oguamanam, directed by Tom Robson and screenplay was by Rita Conwurah.
According to Dotun Akande, proprietress of the centre; “We decided to put this message on film because film is a very powerful medium. This is a tool we intend to use to touch people and let them know that Autism is not a death sentence however early intervention is key.

“Silver Lining” also stars Whoba Ogo and child actor Obiora Olife.

Photo from the set of "Silver Lining"

Photo Credit: Facebook | Nollywood Uncut

For sponsorship, contributions and information contact: Patrick Speech & Languages Center, Ikeja, Lagos –

13 Comments on BN Bytes: Monalisa Chinda stars in “Silver Lining” – A Short Film on Autism in Nigeria
  • kay May 13, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    More movies on serious live issues and not stupid love movies filled with Tonto and crew. Well done Monalisa..:)

  • olajide idowu May 14, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Am a parent with a child who is autistic, she attends patrick speech and language center. Am looking forward for this film, and i hope it will sends some signal to our goverment not to abandon people with disability in any form, cos they r also nigerians. Go to other parts of the world they come first in whatever the government want to do for their country, I hope this film will change the mind of every parent with autistic child that there is hope for us.

  • jennietobbie May 14, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Nollywood finally took the chill pill. Nice move

  • faith May 14, 2012 at 12:14 am

    How can one see it?

  • damaris May 14, 2012 at 5:16 am

    @idowu i soo much agree with you,
    the gov in Nig need to pay attention to people to various disabilities, having working with person with disability for 4years (Autism, celebral palsy, brain injury u name it) i can really understand where you are coming from. I really love this people soo much and i like working with them, give me soo much joy to just help.

    There is also this stigma associated with people like that in Nigeria. I hope this movie educate in a good way, and people in Nig will start treating people with disabilities in Nigeria as first class and not second class citizen.

    Now on Nollywood, we need more movie on this not all love story, although those are good as well.

    If there is anything i will go back to Nigeria to do, it is definitely to promote disability awareness.

    • Gidi May 14, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Please come back. Your skill is sorely needed. Govt will never do it. This lot just don’t care. It is clear as day. The only hope for the disabled is the private sector and NGOs.

  • Sola Adeyinka May 14, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Great move! I also saw this in the on written in another inspiring context. Awesome move by Monalisa, Emem and Nollywood!

  • bridget May 14, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I love Monalisa! Calm but very professional and values driven!

  • babajide May 14, 2012 at 10:34 am

    am loving this new phase of nollywood, with issues that matters, and not some princess/prince/royalty,ashawos.etc. kudos mona, cuz i wanna knowya,lol

  • konnie May 14, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Happy about people now dealing with issues regarding our forgotten (disabled) children

  • cee May 16, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Another good one Nollywood. Salut’

  • Purpleicious Babe June 5, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Finally a MOVIE about real life issues people are struggling with on a daily basis.

    MOVIES, FILMS ETC are massive platforms to educate and inform people ignorance and lack of care.

    so kudos to the production team and all that has contributed in making this a reality.

    I pray the impact is felt, MORE PEOPLE WILL DONATE TOWARDS A GOOD CAUSE, INSPIRE OUR FUTURE LEADERS AND PEOPLE WILL understand what makes our world special is the dynamic of human nature and having a disability does not make you an outcast…… so lets LOVE OUR NEIGHBOUR AS OURSELVES. AMEN.

  • Ruby July 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    The dvd copy of the movie is now on sale at the following places; Copies are available at:
    Patrick Speech and Languages Centre, 13b Remi Fanikayode Crescent, GRA
    Ikeja, Lagos. Tel: 01-8190786 07055028215

    Royal Academy 4, Adebisi Close, Off Ogunlana Drive, Off Olufemi Street,Surulere, Lagos Tel: 01-8770233 08023527159

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