Vingha Productions, organisers of ‘My Africa Reality TV Show’ held a press conference on October 10, 2016 at GLV Lounge Yaba, Lagos to bring to public notice the modalities and procedures for participating on the show.
The show with the theme, ‘From Nothing to Something’, is designed to train, test, expose and project the talents of the Nigerian youth, giving them an opportunity to learn and make use of their talents in a positive environment, thereby bringing them ‘from nothing to something’.
Youths between the ages of 18-35 years would be made to compete with each other in the areas of dance, music, drama and comedy under the guidance of highly talented, professional judges, like Zack Orji, Faithia Balogun, Ejiro Okurame, Melvin Oduah, Femi Adebayo, Kafayat Shafau-Ameh, Sunny Nneji, Ruggedman, Nedu amongst others.
Our corresspondents, Odunayo Adeneye and Kikelomo Onigbanjo spoke exclusively to some of the judges at the event, and here’s what they had to say,
My name is Uche Elendu. I am an actress, a singer and a youth ambassador.
What’s your role on My Africa Reality TV Show?
I am the Captain of Di Ike/Alpha Team. Alpha means first. The Alpha Team represents greatness, the strong, the mighty and the best among the best.
About how many people will make up a team?
We have 6 captains representing the 6 teams we have. We have Team Irawo/Gold Star represented by Jerry Smart Ordu, Team Imeya/Mayor represented by Gift Chinasa Igwe, Team Aquila/The Gifted captained by Queen Azubike, Team Nwanga/The Spotlight represented by Kenneth Oghenerona Akalusi and Team Marinjaya/The Victors represented by Kelechi Udegbe and of course, myself representing Team Di Ike/Alpha. We are going to have 4 contestants under each captain representing each category-dance, music, acting and comedy.
For a reality TV show portraying Africa, all the images represented here portray Nigeria alone; what do you think is the reason for that?
Like they say, ‘charity begins at home’. This is a starting point. We intend to cover the whole of Africa starting from where we come from (Nigeria), we are showing the world that we are proud of our culture. The first season is just in Nigeria; subsequent seasons will expand and cut across other countries.
How do you feel being a part of something as big as this?
I feel elated. I am very happy to be a part of this beautiful project. This is because I am somebody that is very proud of where I come from. And I have also noticed that the African culture is fading with westernisation. Everything we do now depicts how westernised we have become. It would be good for us to bring back our culture for people in diaspora to know that our culture is not bad, so that we can develop it. Culture is developed through history and it can be imbibed in our present and future.
I’m Faithia Balogun; I am an actress and film maker in Nigeria.
What’s your role on My Africa Reality TV Show?
I am a drama judge.
How do you feel being on the team?
I feel so glad because this is something I have always loved to do. I am a fan of these things, putting out a reality show that brings people ‘from nobody to somebody’. I am delighted and honoured to be a part of something like this. This is because the show has something to do with being an African and I am an African woman.
What do you think the show will achieve?
The show will succeed in bringing people ‘from nobody to somebody’. If you are a comedian, an actor, an actress, a musician or a dancer; come in, pick up your form and come for the auditions. It is an opportunity for those at the grassroots to be someone in life and actualise their dreams.
I’m Femi Adebayo; I am a Nollywood actor and filmmaker. I am the Assistant Head of Operations on My Africa Reality TV Show.
Why did you sign up to be a part of this initiative?
The reason I have decided to be a part of this initiative is simply because it is a project that intends to discover raw, young talent and help give their careers a boost. I fell in love with the concept because I love our African Culture. The slogan of the reality TV show says ‘from nothing to something’; that means we are ready to touch the lives of the people at the grassroots.
I believe this is a big dream. On My Africa Reality TV Show, we believe that the youths should dream it, think it and actualise it! It is a project I know would benefit a lot of Nigerian youths, and I must say I give kudos to the Chairman of VINGHA productions.
What are the procedures for interested participants?
It is simple, from October 14, 2016, the sale of forms would be out and you can register through our website www.myafricarealitytvshow.com or any Zenith Bank; the registration form cost N5000. The Auditions would hold in 9 major cities across Nigeria, this would enable us to give a whole lot of people opportunity to partake in the auditions.
Personally, how does it feel being a part of this great initiative?
I am delighted and ready to work on this project because it has to do with giving opportunity to raw talents. Most of us that are celebrities today, I would say we are opportunists; we can have a whole lot of people better than us, but they never had the opportunity to perform, I must not forget to say a very special thank you to the Executive Governor of Kwara State; His Excellency Alhaji Abdulfattah Ahmed for supporting me to be part of this project. He said to me, “since this is an opportunity to empower the youth and also promote our culture” he is ready to be a part of it.
My name is Ani Chinedu Emmanuel. I am an OAP, actor and comedian. I am a comedy judge on My Africa Reality TV Show.
What’s the idea behind this reality TV show?
It is a platform that seeks to give opportunity to young people with talents to showcase it to the world. We have different segments on the show; we have comedy, music, drama and dance. The contestants can become winners in any of these categories. It’s also a way of promoting the African Culture.
How do you feel being a part of this initiative?
I feel great, I feel very good to be part of it.
As a comedy judge, how do you intend picking the right winner?
If you attend an event and the comedian performing is not funny, you no go laugh. So I have to make sure that I laugh, else the person is just wasting his/her time. That doesn’t make me harsh; it is only a process for you to put your best foot or game forward.