The Lagos State Government on Friday unveiled a television reality show tagged ‘Kampus Stars’ to address youth restiveness and make the state a hub of talented youths.
Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, the state Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, during the unveiling ceremony in Alausa, Ikeja, said the project would help discover talented and creative minds in various higher institutions of learning.
She said the project was a reality show with a difference that would help Nigerian youths channel their energy into positive use.
Akinbile-Yusuf said the show was organised in conjunction with Content Warehouse Ltd.
“With the unveiling of Lagos Kampus Stars, we will be celebrating the versatility of the various higher institutions in Lagos State and the abundance of creativity and talents in our youths.”
“We are using this programme to further build on the inherent creativity of the people of Lagos and establish the state as a vibrant and innovative tourism destination that diversifies the economy, creates jobs across multiple tourism segments and offers the world access to the ingenuity and hospitality of the residents,” she said.
Akinbile-Yusuf said that Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as a lover of youths, gives premium attention to youth related initiatives, especially through capacity development exemplified by the event.
She said that the governor was working out modalities on creating a sustainable development and growth for the youths not only in tourism, entertainment, arts and culture, but also in educational empowerment and skills acquisition.
Akinbile-Yusuf said the aim was to transform youth restiveness into productive venture adding that the youths accounted for over 65 per cent of the nation’s population.
“As we all know, the youths are the strength and vigour of a society.”
“We believe that youths are not only the future of tomorrow in Lagos State and must be carried along in our developmental plans to achieve the needed balance in our society.”
“In addition to the fun among the participants, the programme will further endear our youths to using their immeasurable intelligence and creativity into initiating a better life, which is part of the dream and vision of our governor,” Akinbile-Yusuf said.
Earlier, a renowned movie producer, Tade Ogidan, Head, Technical Crew for the project, explained the modalities for the entire reality show.
Ogidan said participants would be picked from different tertiary institutions within the state and after series of auditioning, 18 finalists would be selected and accommodated for eight weeks.
The participants would visit eight Lagos State ministries to be educated on the operations of each ministry after which each of them would compose a music based on what they learnt in any of the ministries, guided by renowned choreographers and musicians.
He said the participant with the best music would emerge the overall winner and rewarded with a brand-new car and a cash prize of N10 million.
“We will have Gov. Sanwo-Olu as the lead judge along with other specialists in that area.”
“Within the eight weeks this is meant to run, the beauty of Lagos State would have been exposed to the world and gradually the state would be creating a future hub of talents,” Ogidan said.
Mr Solomon Bonu, Special Adviser to the governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, said the event would be an opportunity for the participating youths to be the next Davido.