Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, Archbishop Emeritus of Abuja and the Salesians of Don Bosco are hosting a special screening of The Oratory on 12th December 2023 at the Grand Cinemas, Lekki, Lagos.
The Oratory is an internationally acclaimed movie filmed in various locations in Rome, Atlanta, Lagos and Turin which features a galaxy of Nigerian and international movie stars such as Enyinna Nwigwe, Rich Lowe, Shane Gilbeau, Celeste Marconte, Temidayo Akinboro, Lawrence Nwali and Charles Ukpong.
Mr. Gbenga Adebija, Chairman of the Organizing Committee said that the special screening would be attended by distinguished personalities from the diplomatic community, corporate Nigeria, public sector, religious leaders, NGOs and the media.
“ It is an excellent opportunity to engage with broad-ranging stakeholders and collaboratively identify solutions to the issue of displaced children” declared Adebija.
Movie premieres of The Oratory have been held in Dublin, London, Lagos, Turin, Abuja and Venice.
The Executive Producer of the movie is Reverend Father (Dr) Cyril Odia (SDB) a Nigerian priest currently serving as the Rector of the Salesian House of Theology in Maynooth University, the Republic of Ireland.
According to Fr Odia “This special screening of The Oratory is to raise awareness on the plight of displaced children and to raise funds for various initiatives by the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) to expand the capacity to rescue and rehabilitate more children throughout Nigeria”.
Very Rev Fr Jorge Crisafulli, Provincial Superior of the Salesians of Don Bosco (Nigeria and Niger), the Salesian order remains resolutely committed to the philosophy of their founder St. John Bosco in supporting young children to live wholesome and meaningful lives.
“The Oratory movie therefore highlights the Salesians commitment to sustainable engagement with the youth” said Very Rev Fr Crisafulli .
Said Fr. Odia “ We are delighted by the enthusiastic reception and rave reviews The Oratory has received around the world which is a wonderful testament to the world class quality of the movie and the relevance of its theme”.