By The World Satellite.
Over the years in Nigeria, we have had series of Reality Shows which produced stars like KCEE, Chidinma, Iyanya and many others but the opportunity has always eluded young people with disabilities due to the marginalization they face in many forms in the entertainment industry, their gifts/talents have not been considered in order to harness more talents in the likes of Cohbams Asuquo, Crazy legs, Yinka Ayefele and Kenny Blind.
Recognizing the need to give equal opportunity to persons with disabilities, Ace Abuja entertainer; Nicholas Bibiem, popularly known as Nick B has concluded plans to hold a talent hunt, tagged: AID TALENT HUNT- The first Nigerian Reality TV Show packaged exclusively for persons with disabilities to harness their potentials and talents in the Entertainment industry.
In a press statement, signed personally by him, NICK B; the Project Director for the Talent Hunt revealed that the AID (Ability in Disability) is aimed at boosting the self-esteem and independence of People with Disabilities so as to ensure their full participation in the entertainment industry, thereby creating a world of endless possibilities, with the desire to empower them with skills necessary to be included in Entertainment sector.
“It will be a great sight to behold a young man with physical disability crack ribs or sing in a melodious voice, a blind dance so good, a deaf who can act or sing a popular song with sign language of lyrics you know he has never heard. There are many talented persons with disabilities waiting to take the world by storm but their hopes and dreams are always dashed before they are even conceived”, Nick B explained.
Continuing, Nick B, who is also the Executive Director of Miss Health International Foundation and the CEO of Bibiem Entertainment noted: “I am elated that God is about to answer the pray of many of us young people with disabilities who have been so good in one art or the other but we have limited opportunity.
“We are always faced with several challenges ranging from inaccessibility of public buildings and rejections even when we succeed in meeting producers or show promoters. Therefore, the Miss Health International Foundation has packaged The AID TALENT HUNT to give youths with disabilities a sense of belonging, an opportunity for them to show the world that they too could become super stars.
While stating that The AID (Ability in Disability) Talent Hunt is specifically designed to discover, develop and promote Talents inherent person with disabilities, Nick B expressed no doubts that it will also enhance the overall skills needed to compete favourably with others in the entertainment industry. “This talent hunt is historic as it will help to bring talented persons with disabilities to the limelight and build self-esteem which we are lacking in our quest of becoming super stars.
“It will be glorious seeing 50 contestants with disabilities being groomed and trained in an in-house camping for 13weeks to become amazing entertainers. The lives of the 50 contestants will never be the same because the popularities and exposure will be the tonic they need to excel in the entertainment world.
“Therefore, singers, dancers, comedians, artists, actors and poetics with disabilities, it is your time to show the world. This is because if you remove the ‘DIS’ in ‘DISABILITY’, it is ‘ABILITY”, he enthused.