The Story Behind Sickle cell awareness Movie ‘Crescent’

L-R: Nollywood actor Yakubu Mohammed and Adaora Nwodo, founder of the MissDee for Sickle Cell Foundation at the red carpet of 'Crescent'.

MissDee For Sickle Cell Foundation produced a movie ‘Crescent’ which premiered on Sunday, 3rd November, 2019 at Genesis Cinemas, Ceddi Plaza, Abuja.

The movie featured popular kannywood actor, Yakubu Mohammed, Iyke Okechukwu, Ivie Okujaye, Adaora Nwodo and special appearance by Senator Dino Melaye.

‘Crescent’ tells the story of three young Sickle Cell warriors (as they prefer to be called) admitted in a hospital at the same time and their constant battle to survive. 

The warriors are being managed by a female doctor who just returned to Nigeria from the United Kingdom. She has to deal with the challenges of a poor hospital system, office politics and a tough environment to ensure the patients get back to their various families alive.

Speaking with the movie producer, Adaora Nwodo, she said, “I was motivated to produce this movie to create more awareness for the disease; I come from a family that has the Sickle Cell trait. I have lost some family members and close friends to this disease. I started this Sickle Cell advocacy journey with the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation (SCAF) founded by my cousin Nkechi Egbiri.

“I have been running my NGO for nine years now, almost all our cases and projects have been self-funded. In cases requiring additional financing for my registered patients we have leveraged on the generosity of others through crowd funding. In the past nine years the NGO has been able to send two patients to India to have various surgeries” she said.

Japheth Ezekiel Maichibi, a sickle cell patient who has been working with the MissDee For Sickle Cell Foundation, applauded the efforts of Miss Adaora and the MissDee For Sickle Cell Foundation for their efforts in creating awareness of sickle cell disease through the movie. 

According to him, “I really appreciate Miss Adaora for creating this movie despite little or no funding support. I hope it draws the needed attention to the sickle cell community because the truth is, we are suffering. I know what I’ve been through, I’ve been down and out of school since 2014 just when I was about to graduate. Sickle cell strikes at anytime and it has no joy.”

Yakubu Mohammed who was a major cast in the movie described the movie as enriching and enlightening. 

“I enjoyed every minute on set. I fell in love with the script because it aims at changing the narrative. 

“The movie addresses a lot of issues, like the mistakes people make because of their self-centeredness. I hope many people get to see it and pass the message to others,” he concluded. 

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