About $12,000 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. The aim is to 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 yesterday 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 $5,000; second prize, $4000; and the third prize winner will take home $3,000, to boost their trade adding that the purpose of the competition is to boost entrepreneurship among the young men and women who may be talented in arts and crafts.
He said, “The N15million 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 the talented young men and women will compete for include, making of locally made cooking stove made from clay scooped from Calabar soil; electric stove also made from clay; cut out fuse also made from clay and electric stove powered by coal; cushy furniture, painting and drawing.
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.
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