From Tony John, Port Harcourt
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has lined up a brand new car, performance trip to Dubai, internship deals and other prizes for prospective winners of its newly inaugurated talent hunt.
The logo and procedures to participate in the Niger Delta Talent Hunt (NIDETH), aimed at discovering creative Niger Delta youths, were unveiled in Port Harcourt on Monday, by the Interim Administrator, NDDC, Efiong Akwa, and Lead Consultant, Harry Song.
Harry Song, a popular songwriter, instrumentalist and producer, said the hunt was designed to discover talented Niger Delta youths in the areas of music, comedy and dance.
“The live auditions will take place in Benin, Edo State, on August 6; Yenegoa, Bayelsa State, on August 13 and in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State on August 20, while the grand finale will take place in Port Harcourt on September 1,” Song said.
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“Interested participants should visit the NIDETH website and register with their one-minute video to participate in the live auditioning.
“The winner of the Niger Delta Talent Hunt stands a chance to win a brand new car, a performance trip to Dubai with Harry Song, an internship deal and other consolation prizes. Other participants will also stand the chance to win a wide variety of consolation prizes.”
In his remarks, the Special Adviser on Youths to NDDC Interim Administrator, Udengs Eradiri, said the commission was excited about the programme.
Describing it as a rare opportunity, Eradiri urged youths across the nine states of the region to take advantage of it to pitch their tents in the creative industry.
He said the NDDC under Akwa had been repositioned to roll out empowerment programmes and create opportunities for youths in the region.
“We are not in short supply of talents in the Niger Delta. The youths are just looking for opportunities to showcase their talents and the NDDC under Dr Effiong Akwa, is determined to create these opportunities. There is no doubt that this Niger Delta Talent Hunt will produce superstars in the creative industry.”