Big Dreams Nigeria talent show set for debut


A talent hunt show, ‘Big Dreams Nigeria’, geared towards discovering

and developing young talents in acting, music and stand-up comedy

across Nigeria, is set to debut.

Reports say that Mr Kingsley Amafibe, Project Director of the Big Dream

Nigeria Talent Show, stated this on Wednesday at a pre-event

interactive session in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

According to Amafibe, registration for participation is free, as the

initiative is to offer talented and passionate youths a platform to express

themselves and be discovered in the creative industry, thereby reducing

unemployment rate.


“Registration will be opened on November 10, for our budding

talents in music, acting and comedy nationwide to participate.

“We shall hold auditions in 11 states, including the FCT, Lagos,

Jos, Benin, Kaduna, Enugu and Calabar, among other cities

across Nigeria.

“A total number of 45 youths, 15 each for acting, music and

comedy categories, will be selected for the grand finale in

Lagos,” he said.

The Project Director further explained that the 45 selected young talents

will be camped for mentoring and training for five weeks, as they

compete for the grand prize.

He added that while in camp, professional filmmakers, artistes and other

stakeholders will train and share experiences with the young and at the

end, movies and music produced by them will be screened.

According to him, the 45 contestants will be reduced on a weekly

eviction process, and then the last three persons standing will be

announced as winners on May 10, 2020.


“The three contestants who make it to the finale will be

awarded N2 million each to enable them build a career in their

area of choice in the entertainment industry.

“This is in line with the essence of the project, to create job for

young people in the entertainment industry, thereby reducing

the number of unemployed Nigerians, and ultimately make

them employers of  labour .

He noted that the project was being organised in collaboration with

relevant showbiz promoters, organisations and key industry players.

Mr Uzee Usman, a filmmaker and member of the organising team, said

talented youths discovered from the programme will be given acting

roles in Nollywood films.

Other members of the team, Mr Tunde Tdot of the popular Styl-Plus

music group, and the veteran stand-up comedian Shortcut, said they

would provide mentoring opportunities for talents to be discovered from

the show.


Olajumoke Adeleke