Thirty-two Nigerians between the ages 18 and 35 will compete for the star prize in the first ever literary television reality show in Nigeria, entitled ‘The African Poet’, organizers of the event have said.
The chief operating officer of the project, Zakary Ochoga, who disclosed this at a media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, said auditions would hold in the six geo-political zones in July for the selection of the 32 contestants.
Ochoga said the winner would go home with N5 million (US$35,000) while the runners up and the other contestants would be given prizes to be announced before the take off of the show.
Ochoga added that the program would be shown live every week on major television stations in the country beginning from August this year.
The ‘African Poet’ is a literary television reality show that centers on poetry that is based on African theme, concept and setting.
The show involves a host, a panel of judges and 32 contestants who will participate in the 15- week contest in which one contestant will be evicted every week till the end of the program.
“The show will run on air for 15 weeks after auditions in the 16 geo-political zones of Nigeria.
Ochoga said that the program was aimed at stimulating the creative and productive minds of the youth and the program would introduce a new dimension that is entertaining and intellectually challenging.
He added that some notable African poets and literary icons would grace the show as guest judges throughout the duration of the program during the media launch of the project on July 1.
Source African Press Agency
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