With preparation for the annual Calabar Carnival unabated, the Cross River State government has said it was embarking on hunt for young men and women with rare talents in the area of music, art and craft so as to add value to the fiesta.
The State Commissioner for Tourism, Mr Eric Anderson, who made this known in Calabar in a chat with reporters, disclosed that $12,000 would be spent for the event scheduled for this Sunday at the popular Cultural Centre complex, Calabar.
Anderson said the winner of the star prize would go home with $5,000; second prize, $4000; and the third prize winner would go home with $3,000, adding that the aim of the event is to assist talented youths in the state exploit their God given talents.
The competition, he said, would boost entrepreneurship among various business units and encourage people who may be talented in arts and crafts nut without any push.
“The event is sponsored from the purse of the Cross River State government to enable us identify talented youths residing in the state. It is not limited to Cross Riverians but all young men and women residing in Cross River,” he emphasized.
According to him, participants are expected to showcase their expertise in every sphere of human endeavor including using clay scooped from Calabar soil to make locally made cooking stove, electric stove, and electricity cut-out fuse as well as electric stove powered by coal.
Other areas in which youths are expected to demonstrate their talents, he said, are on areas of furniture making, painting and drawing. He added that his ministry had already embarked on audition about two weeks ago.
He said 18 persons were identified with raw talent from the audition and that the State government strongly believes that participants in the talent hunt show would be able to compete favourably with individuals at the world stage.