Nigeria does indeed have talents; the half of it has not yet been told. TheNigeria’s Got Talent Season 1 auditions train made its third stop on Tuesday,August 7, 2012 in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, after very successful outings last week in Abuja and Enugu.
Hopefuls from the nook and crannies of Cross River and Akwa Ibom Statesthronged Monty Suites, Calabar, where the audition held, to exhibit their God-given talents and stand a chance of winning the N10 million grand prize. Just like in the FCT and Enugu, the Calabar audition attracted a rich and diverse array of characters.
Some of the stand-out acts who tried out in Calabar include ‘Adult Babies’Teddy White and Bobby Black from the Nigerian Political Infant Preparatory Nursery and Primary School, Wuse, who performed an unusual kind of comedy they called ‘cartoon comedy’. These graduates of engineering drew comparisons with Nollywood stars Aki and Pawpaw.
There was also the generator repairer, Edet, who displayed gracefulathleticism on the skateboard. Edet, who says he’s an ambassador of the sport, trains over 100 skaters in Calabar pro-bono. Stand-up comedian and clown, Kabin Bizkit, who arrived the audition venue with an entourage of well wishers, as well as dance group, The Savages, with their brand of “hard hip-hop,” also displayed in a bid to win the nod of the judges.
The show’s producer, Debbie Schulman, was effusive in her praise of the “creativity of those who auditioned in Calabar”. She particularly commended the dance acts, “who fused drama, acrobatics and stunts into their display and showed brilliant thinking and storytelling”.
Nigeria’s Got Talent, which is in its debut season, will make its next stop in the Garden City of Port Harcourt on Thursday, August 9 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, GRA, before moving to Warri, Benin and Ibadan on the 11th, 13th and 16th. Lagos will be the final stop on the 18th and 19th of August.
With the popular Got Talent franchise now in Nigeria, gifted Nigerians, irrespective of gender or age have the opportunity to showcase their talents and stand a chance of winning N10 million while at it. The talent does not have to be the conventional, as everything from fire eating to acrobatics is allowed.
Interested Nigerians can register on www.gottalentnigeria.com.
The show, which would run on terrestrial from July to December, is sponsored by telecommunications giant, Airtel. It is definitely one to watch out for.