LTop Nigerian music and sports celebrities have applauded the commitment of Engr Noah Dallaji, President of the African Children Talent Discovery Foundation (ACTDF), to youth development across the country.
The celebrities who gathered in Kano yesterday for the grand finale of the Noah Dallaji Legacy Basketball Tournament, described his investment in talent discovering and nurturing of the youths across various sectors as the most valuable course in nation building and gives hope on the future of the nation.
The week-long U-17 basketball tournament organised in collaboration with Olumide Oyedeji Foundation also included a mentorship and life coaching programmes in which many the stars interfaced with youths from various parts of the north, inspiring and advising them on various career paths in sports and entertainment.
Popular comedian, movie producer and entertainment show host, Ayo Makun, said he shares in the commitment of Noah Dallaji and the ACTDF. “The biggest problem in the entertainment industry is for young talents to get people to support them. But, we have found one in Noah Dallaji. He is full of life and ready to support. I have followed his contributions and I can tell you that if we can have about four or five people like him, this country will be great.”
Former Super Eagles forward and President of the Nigeria Players Union, Tijani Babangida, revealed that top football stars are committed to supporting the efforts of Dallaji, the ACTDF and the Noah Dallaji Legacy Projects because of the genuineness of the man behind it all.
“The commitments are completely benevolent. When he launched the talent hunt in Bauchi, the media asked how wide he would go and he assured he would go round the country,” Babangida stated.
“We have seen the programme go to Lagos with the women football tournament organised in conjunction with Asisat Oshoala Foundation, and the Para Soccer Championship which was world class. Now he has come to Kano with the Basketball Tournament and we are ready to go with him anywhere, even Sambisa.”
Also present at the occasion was celebrity dancer, Kaffe who put it all in perspective.
“People talk about infrastructure mostly only in terms of physical buildings. We have plenty of physical buildings but we seem to forget the people who would live in those buildings. Investment in youth is the best way for the development of a nation because talent is the internal infrastructure of the human being. This is what Noah Dallaji has committed to.”
For Emmanuel Babayaro, former Super Eagles goalkeeper, “Noah Dallaji is the only one presently focusing investment in the youths but yours are not only the beneficiaries. He brings in the best hands in every field to deliver the programmes and provides gainful engagement for all fields of professionals to tap from.”
Also at the event were ex Super Eagles midfielder, Garba Lawal, movie icon Francis Duru among others.
Speaking at the occasion, Dallaji explained that his vision is to provide a platform to discover and support talented and serious minded Nigerian youths to develop and excel in various fields of endeavour.
“Nigeria can be great if we help the youths to discover their talents and support them to grow and achieve fulfillment. That is how great nations emerge.”
The finals of the tournament was a show stopper with songstress Yemi Alade, Peter Okoye (of P-Square) Rekado Banks, Deja, AY and other top and local acts in performance