Enugu State Ministry of Culture and Tourism has concluded plans for an all-ecompassing talent hunt discovery after seven years.
The talent discovery hunt is expected to hold during the Easter festivities.
The State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Ugonna Ibe, said this while briefing newsmen on the forthcoming ““Enugu Easter Jam Blast’’ on Sunday in Enugu.
Ibe, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr Cosmos Obioma, said the talent hunt would help discover budding talents and give them a platform to be groomed to stardom.
“We want to discover people from various areas, which cut across seven different and unique artistic works of life.
“Through their discovery and grooming as well as stardom they will be empowered to be on their own and create more opportunities for other Nigerians,’’ he said.
Explaining further, Mr Kelvin Obioma, Consultant to the ministry, said that the talent hunt entitled ““Enugu to the World Talent Unseen”, would be concluded before the April 13 “Enugu Easter Jam Blast.
Obioma, who is the Chief Executive of Encyclotainment Ltd, said that it was coming after seven years of such talent discovery in the state.
He said the hunt would be in seven different categories of music, comedy, dance, modeling, DJ, drama acting and art.
He noted that entries would be open for all Nigerians of all ages in each of the seven categories at the rate of N3000 non-refundable for form to be accessed through the ministry and Access Bank.
Obioma, whose stage name is Daddy Saint, said that on April 4, three of the seven categories (music, comedy and dance) would have their audition.
He said that at the end, best three in each of the three categories during auditioned/test would emerge.
“On April 8, the remaining four categories will also have their audition/test and at the end the best three in each of the three categories after auditioned/test will emerge.
“On April 10, final audition will be done among three qualified artistes from each of the seven categories for one artiste to be picked for each of the seven categories that will perform with invited superstars on April 13 “Enugu Easter Jam Blast.’’
“Among the superstars invited are: Rude Boy, Zoro, Slow Dog, and Chidinma, but our concentration is on how the discovered talents can perform alongside known superstars and build-up their fame and career,” he said.
Obioma said the whole pack (talent hunt and Easter Jam Blast) would act as a social re-engineering as it would curb crime and vices among the youth as they got engaged with the programme.
“It will also help to improve the economy of the state by ensuring that the talents have a means of livelihood, which will definitely have a multiplier effect on their families, friends and associates,’’ he said.
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