Delta state government Wednesday said it will reward 10 top talented youths “made in Delta search” with N5 million contract award each for uncommon display of talent.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on talent hunt, Mr Ogus Baba, while presenting the 20 shortlisted talented youths in Asaba, Delta State capital said the talent hunt was the new crude of talented Deltans.
According to him, “the made in Delta talent search is the initiative of the Governor Okowa as part of the effort to diversify the economy of the state. We have been able to tell the world that talent is the new crude.
Mr. Ogus Baba said the search in drama, comedy and music, was designed in 2015 to enhance the human capital development of the state.
Talent Legend said out of the 2,000 applicants, 170 were audited while only 20, including a 62 year old woman, Mrs Elizabeth Okapka, made the final list.
“These 20 bright stars are the future of African talent hunt. Each of the ten selected will be due for a N5 million contract award for exemplary display of talent. Legendaries in music, drama and comedy are expected to watch their performance as they make the state proud.”
He explained that on July 20, this month, 10, out of the 20 stars, comprising 11 promising musicians, five dramatists and four comedians, would be selected as ‘Made in Delta Ambassadors.’
He said those who could not make it at the grand finale would be engaged in future Delta projects.
“This is not a luxury show neither was it designed to reward 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions. Amongst the 20 finalists, 10 would be qualified for N5 million worth of contract by the state government.