IDPs to feature in reality show
A movie production company,Virtues and Noble Touch Nigeria (VNT) has concluded plans to feature Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in its forthcoming Television Reality Show.
The Executive Producer, Mr Emmanuel Eyaba, who visited some IDPs camps in Abuja on Wednesday for auditions, said that the aim was to give them a new identity.
The audition was done in collaboration with the African Union (AU).
The talent programme tagged; “Unleash Your Creativity’’ also known as “UUC Nigeria’’, is aimed at creating a platform for young adults interested in the movie industry to showcase their abilities.
The zonal auditions which successfully held in Kano, Kaduna, Adamawa, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Lagos.
Eyaba said that he decided to include the youth among the IDPs in the programme to give them a sense of belonging.
“I see the term ‘IDPs’ to be stigmatising and I do not like how that comes about.
“We all are victims of circumstances in various ways, but we are all given different opportunities to succeed so they need this to reprogramme their thinking and approach to life.
“Instead of distributing items, rice and foodstuff, I think it is better for us to develop their skills and develop their passion in acting,’’ he said.
According to him, we decided to include them in this talent hunt so that they can develop their skills in script writing, acting, singing, directing, producing or makeup.
“These developed skills will give them the ability to make a name in Nollywood and give them the ability to care for themselves and family members as well.
“We are looking for 60 contestants and a minimum of 10 are to be picked from the IDPs camps.
“The lucky ones will be taken to our camp in Abuja for two-weeks training where they will be trained by Nigerian celebrities like Desmond Elliot, Segun Arinze, Uche Jombo and more,’’ Eyaba said.
Also speaking, Mr Anu Fame, the Head of Productions, said those selected would be moved to the company’s camp in December where they would be exposed to special training.
“They are expected to produce short films while in the camp which will run for 14 days and the films will later be premiered in Genesis Cinema and critique by professionals.
“The emerging winner will work with AU on a project they are currently preparing aimed at encouraging peace in Africa.
“So far, the auditions have been good and we are really impressed with those we have seen,’’ Fame said.
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