TOMA Foundation has begun a talent hunt for its literary/poetry show.
According to the organiser, the show is tagged: ‘Wake up the giant, Edo youths got Talent Season 1″.
Its Founder Mrs Stella Ebuetse, said the hunt, which is being conjunction with the state Ministry of Education, is to promote the reading culture among pupils.
Speaking at the auditioning of participants in Auchi in Etsako West Local Government, Mrs Ebuetse said the exercise is restricted to participants between 11 and 18.
‘’The show is aimed at boosting pupils’ confidence in communication and delivery skills,’’ she added.
She added that the show is meant to awake among pupils a sense of pride in the nation’s culture and urged youths that activities on education could be favourably rewarded beyond beauty contest, music and dance.
Mrs Ebuetse said 10 pupils would be picked from each senatorial district to contest at the final stage in Benin, the state capital, where three pupils would be picked to represent the state at the regional level in September.
She said: “The audition is open to both public and private secondary schools. The first stage, which is the screening/audition, will take place in three zones and 10 each will be selected from the zones.
“The 30 contestants will be camped for two weeks in Benin during this period. They will receive the best professional training from seasoned literary gurus in speech delivery, tips in writing a short story and poetry composition.
“There will be daily tasks on poetry recitation and compositions and elimination of various stages of presentation,” she said.
“There is no doubt that reading culture is dead among our youths. Literary activities and exercise are abhorred among pupils.
“As an English/Literature teacher for almost 30 years, the dwindling number of pupils offering literature is heartbreaking.”