About twelve thousand US dollars is to be spent by Government of Cross
River State to hunt for young men and women with rare talent in the area of music, arts and craft and above all assist talented youths in the state exploit their God given talents.
The Cross River State Commissioner for Tourism, Eric Anderson disclosed this while briefing journalists in Calabar, Monday, on activities line up for the celebration of 2018 Carnival Calabar which is coming up in December this year.
Anderson who gave a breakdown of cash to be won in the competition stated that winner of the star prize will go home with a cash amount of five thousand dollars, second prize four thousand dollars and the third prize winner will take home three thousand dollars to boost their trade adding that the purpose of the competition is to boost entrepreneurship among young men and women who may be talented in the area of art and crafts using locally made materials to create valuable
items stressing that the said amount will has a bonus which is inclusive.
He said, “The N15m and of course the price bonus is inclusive and sponsored from the purse of the Cross River State Government to enable us identify talented youths residing in the state”.
Other areas in which the talented young men and women will compete
for includes, making of locally made cooking stove made from clay scoop from Calabar soil, electric stove also made from clay, cut out fuse also made from clay and electric stove powered by coal including cushy furniture and art work like painting and drawing.
In his words, Anderson said, ”We have an event that we are putting up
in the ministry tagged Cross River talent hunt show, we realized that
for us to have big event to enable us identify youths with rare talent and showcase such God given talent during the festival is to organized
“ In the past talents of this nature do exist; even when we identify these talents, enough is not paid to enable them take home and carter for themselves to boost their career.
“We decided to come up with this which will not only have musicians or
actors but any creative thing that you can do better”. Anderson maintained.
He said that the ministry had its audition about two weeks ago and
certain individuals with rare God given talents were identified adding
that he believed that the talented individuals can advance themselves
to match up with international standards if given encouragement in
terms of financial motivation.
“ We had our auditions about two weeks ago, where we saw people doing a lot of things like beads and other locally made stove manufactured from clay.
“Through the audition, we were able to identify young people whom we
can invest money in their trade so that they can take themselves to
The state Commissioner of Tourism added that mechanism has been put in place to ensure that winners of the contest on used the money won from
the competition for the abuse of illicit drugs like codeine, tramadol and other illicit drugs but instead to ensure that winners of the completion invest the cash that comes with star prizes wisely instead of squandering the money in unnecessary ventures like alcoholism and gambling.
“Often times, we also discover that most people who come from outside
the country to attend the festival go back to buy locally made craft work like bags, beads and others in Lagos instead of buying here in the state. We know what this mean to the economy of the state.’ The commissioner maintained.
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