Magic Lens Talent Hunt Season 2 berths in Enugu

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It was a tension filled day for all the contestants who stormed the Coal City of Enugu only to hone their skills on acting, which recently was organized by Magic Lens Pictures Limited, in fulfilling its promise to offer platforms for talent discovery and development.
The overwhelming crowd that turned up for the talent hunt exercise at the National Museum, New Berries Enugu has the trio of Mercy Akayak, Newton Barabara and Gregory Odiakosa as judges.
Impressively, after days of scooping out real talents amongst the contestants that reached to a final number of five, a Cameroonian, Nina Pezumbia emerged as the winner of this year’s Magic Lens Pictures talent hunt season 2.
Her performance which lastly resulted to outbreak of applause by the judges and intimidating audience facing her while on stage even sent a spat to her other contenders, that definitely she would be winning.
Elated by her successful, but strenuous emergence, Pezumbia hailed the jury and audience for their unbiased judgment which she said is like a ladder that would make her dream come to fruition as a would-be-celebrity.
“Firstly, God made it possible for me. Yes, because coming on the Magic Lens pictures’ stage was actually when I first faced the crowd. I brought out the talent and courage in me, and they all counted. I knew what I wanted in this very career, and so I worked towards it without any side distraction”.
“Look at me today, all the way from Cameroon, I don’t know anybody here but my God and career, which is acting. It’s a great opportunity for me now; I must carry the campaign along. Many out there doubted to what this very platform would yield, somehow they tried discouraging me, but thank God I now have an answer,” she expressed.
Another contestant, Jessica Robert who scaled through among the top five and second runner-up at the talent hunt exercise, admitted that it was really scary facing the judges but that the experience was rewarding and enlightening.
“I wouldn’t have asked for more than this. It’s more like an eye opening for me, because of things I were unable then to learn or understand about acting, I’ve all gotten it in this hunt exercise, no matter learning is a thing of process.”
Elucidating further on the reasons for the talent hunting, screen comedian and convener Charles Awurum stated that it was borne out of his passion to set a standard for the Nollywood industry, through the discovery of untapped talents in the country.
He further addressed that, by the low quality of films produced and inaction to maximize talents in Nigeria, Magic Lens Pictures Limited embarked on the Season 2 of its talent hunt exercise and programme that would go a long way into assisting the entertainment industry in the rebuilding of its inherent fallen standards.
Promising, Awurum said, the talent hunt exercise would be introducing an alternative through hunting and training of newer talents that will be rescuing Nollywood, the highly rated second largest movie producing industry in the world, so not to hit the rock.
“We don’t need to be told that the industry we cherish so much will soon head to the rock. Inasmuch as this is not in doubt, we have come together with a plan that would sustain and reposition our industry for better. Of course, last year the season one of this hunt exercise first held; now we are on the second. And this is coming as a way to make our movies acceptable both locally and internationally,” he added.
To achieve his company’s vision, Awurum stated that his production firm has the capacity to actualize any dream that surrounds the Nigeria entertainment industry, emphasizing that Magic Lens Pictures as an active player in Nollywood had earlier avowed itself with commitment to deepen the industry through capacity building and creation of opportunities for up and coming artistes.
Continuing, the screen comedian stressed that with regards to deepening the character of Nollywood, Magic Lens Pictures had over the years proved its stance by producing high quality movies, which showcases the country’s cultural heritage and style in the very finest details.
Interestingly, he also disclosed that by March 2014, “we will be marking another of our annual award event, and at the occasion we will be bestowing an award on recognition on the First Lady of Nigeria, Dame Patience Jonathan. She is a real example of what an African woman should be, and the award fits her,” Awurum said.
By: Ugochukwu Favour-Mayor
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