About 37 Nigerian youths would be competing to win N10 million at the Naija talent comedy competition, organised by the Doyin and Susan Foundation.
The Doyin and Susan foundation is a non-governmental and non-profit organisation borne out of the desire to empower the Nigerian youth and taking them off the street, while the Naija talent search is committed to helping the youth of Nigeria.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, the producer of of the show, Ziggy Ogbaki said interested youths would register with N2,000 after which 37 contestants would be drawn across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory for the grand finale.
He said Nigeria has huge talent, that if they are not explored, would die untapped without fulfilling the aim God created it for.
“The Naija talent search, which began in 2009 is aimed at organising and collaborating with other organisations/companies to create a competitive environment among all levels of students in all states of Nigeria, to carry on the business of youth building and organising programmes that will enhance their confidence for the Nigeria, to carry on the business of organising programmes that will boost or inspire talents or innovative talents of the Nigerian people, especially the youth, to carry out the business of guidance and career counselling to rural students for their future study, among others.
“Nigeria is a nation of abundant talent as our youths are talented in various ways. However, these talents most often than not, die with them as most of them are unable to reach their God given potential.
“This is due to the fact that there is no enabling environment, no financial assistance and no support what so ever to bring out these talents and help the young stars.
“The Naija talent search and Doyin and Susan Foundation, having seen this vacuum and the fact that these youths need to be taken off the streets, decided to fill in this gap by ensuring that the talents are tapped and allowed to blossom with the much needed support.
“In this light, the Doyin and Susan foundation, alongside the Naija talent search has come up with the Naija comedy empire television reality show.
“We want to showcase Naija to the world, we want the whole world to know that Nigeria has talent and we hope to achieve this by including our winners in the American talent reality shows.
“We also want to provide mentorship for the next two years and groom these young talents so they can reach their potentials”, he noted.