AS part of its youth engagement and empowerment initiatives, First City Monument Bank, FCMB, Limited has announced its sponsorship for the second consecutive year, the 2015 edition of the fashion-to-entrepreneurship reality competition tagged: “Dare2Dream, D2D.”
The contest, which is organised by Kinabuti, a Nigeria-based Italian fashion label, and, provides an opportunity for young and aspiring women across the country, especially students, who desire to take-up career in modelling and fashion, to showcase their skills and live their dreams.
The initiative, according to a statement from the bank, was also designed to discover, empower and encourage them to realise their aspirations through the sponsorship platform provided by the FCMB brand, while raising the profile of the Nigerian fashion industry.
This year’s competition will kick-off on November 16 with a campus activation that would involve a selection programme of contestants who are students in three universities. The selection which will produce 18 finalists that would attend a boot-camp, holds at University of Lagos (November 16 – 18); University of Abuja (November 19 – 21) and the University of Port Harcourt (November 23 – 25). The 18 shortlisted contestants who make it to the Dare2Dream boot-camp will participate in the FCMB Challenge from November 26 to December 5, 2015.
Speaking on this year’s competition, the Group Head, Communications/CSR and Youth Segment & Diaspora Business of FCMB, Uchenna Mojekwu, said that the bank’s support and sponsorship of the initiative was another demonstration of its commitment towards encouraging students and youths to discover their potential with a view to aligning such talents with value-added ventures to empower them, thereby contributing to national economic and social development.