From Ugochukwu Favour-Mayor
After a successful tour and rigorous selection for the First Abia Secondary School Talent Hunt Show, and Movie Production that was facilitated by the Abia First Lady, Odochi Mercy Orji, twenty students from the seventeen local government areas in Abia State have emerged.
This worth-doing-again exercise in the words of elated Nollywood comic actor, Charles Awurum kicked off on November 5, 2012 and got concluded with a grand finale that held at the Township Stadium of Umuahia, where over 130 students that successfully made it to the programme converged, and it ended with 20 students emerging from the different local government areas that makeup Abia State.
The shortlisted students which are: Mercy Dike, Ezeigbo Amarachi, Nwabuko Promise, Ogba Nkechi, Okosi Miriam, Nwaozo Ogechi Grace, Ihedoro Gospel, Nnamdi Chioma Gold, Uzoma Oyeoku Inyima, Awah Uduma Racheal, Nzeadi Peterleen, Chike Emerike, Adindu Beauty Chiamaka, Ikeh Juliet, Ukonu Chisom, Ayo Rebecca, Ekeoma Ezinne, Stand-Hope Emmanuel, Ekeka Cynthia and Emmanuel Saviour; would be featured in a movie that will be shot in Abia State titled, My Hidden Treasure.
However, the Production Manager of Magic Lens Pictures Limited, Ahamefula Ndubuisi emphasized that those who upon their effort could not be on the list of winners, should not be discouraged in the pursuit of their acting career, while thanking God for the success of the outing that lasted for a month. He further disclosed that soon, the crew would arrive at the State for the commencement of the movie production that will star those selected.
Consequently, the movie production and hunting exercise which aims at harnessing, discovering and empowering of young talented Abia citizens and Nigerians, who are of secondary school age at the rural areas who due to hardship and lack of opportunity do not have the medium of showcasing their talents, could be noted as one of the pet projects of the Abia First Lady, through her Hannah May Foundation.
Following the progress of the hunt exercise, more Abia citizens have continued to laud the First Lady for extending her humanitarian hands into the showbiz industry by facilitating a programme that is aimed at discovering the unharnessed youthful talents amongst the students of the State.
In his appreciation words, one of the illustrious sons of the State, Chief Emmanuel Ndubuisi, the Ijiri 1 of Uzuakoli expressed satisfaction over what he described as true dividends of democracy that has come to touch the lives of the people at the rural communities.
For him, “The people can feel the presence of the government, having remembered those at the grass root level. I must commend the First Lady for this kind gesture that will go a long way into motivating the students and the people in general, into developing the mindset of a better tomorrow”.
“With this kind of project, it means that the government has come to partner with the people, and that’s exactly why I must send this message to the First Lady for the sustenance and continuity of this programme. We are happy to see such a great development,” he expressed.
Also speaking, the Transitional Chairman of Isikwuato Local Government Area, Hon. Enyinnaya Nwosu who is still basking in the euphoria of the successful outing, described it as the first of its kind in the history of the State.
“Your coming shows that the entire Nollywood has come to identify with our people. And that’s why we are thanking the First Lady specially for creating such programme that will create an opportunity for our people to showcase their talents. I must call it the discovering of our hidden treasures. Firstly, it is a good start, and also a good foundation for the untapped talents here. I would also want to urge her not to let this vision die, because our people needs it most,” he urged.
In conclusion, the talent hunt search that gave an opportunity to the students into honing their skills in acting would also empower and nurture the selected participants by creating a platform for their growth.