Expectations are high amongst show biz enthusiasts as well as entertainers in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and its environs as they look forward to the kick-off of the much talked about Goodwill Ultimate Talent Show, GUTS.
According to showbiz enthusiast and public affairs analyst, Shuna Fakum, “This is first of its kind at least in Nigeria, and I think it is a wake-up call to Nigerians including myself to urgently contribute our own quota towards alleviating the sufferings of the less privileged amongst us and to give hope to the hopeless.”
She however expects organisers of the show to give opportunity to Abuja-based entertainers as a way of building the industry in the nation’s capital, and giving hope to artistes who despite their talents, have had to play the second fiddle.
Her words: “But while we all are happy about this development, it is important to state that the real joy would be the contribution this show will make to the development of the entertainment industry in Abuja, viz the practitioners. Looking around, you find a lot of huge talents in acting, music, comedy etc, most of them looking for the opportunity to break into national limelight, their only sin being that they are not in Lagos which we all know is the entertainment capital of our country.”
Speaking in a similar vein, chairman of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, Abuja chapter, Mr Onwura Agility commended the choice of Abuja as host city.
He however called on the organisers to involve entertainers resident in Abuja.
“It is no doubt a welcome development seeing a show of this magnitude to be hosted here, but while Abuja is the host city, I think it will be much better if we in Abuja are carried along. I am already discussing with my members plus the other guilds we have in Abuja to see how we could possibly meet with the organisers and be an active part of this historic event. It is a rare opportunity we do not want to meet.
“I will however wan to use this medium to thank Hajia Abubakar and to commend her efforts towards not only the less privileged ones in the society, but now also to turn around the fortunes of the industry in Abuja here. With people like her investing in the entertainment industry, I know it will go a long way even in terms of perception, and would draw better corporate sponsorship,” Agility told Nigerian Pilot.
Recall that on Saturday, January 30, the Goodwill Ultimate Talent Show, GUTS was officially flagged off with the formal presentation of the host and judges to the media in Abuja. The show will be hosted by Tchidi Chikere, while Zack Oji, Francis Odega, Oge Okoye and Amanda Ibeye would be the judges, in addition to others who will come in as guest judges during the show.
initiator of the show, Hajia Habiba Abubakar, says all proceeds from the show will be ploughed into charity, as the event in itself is not profit motivated, but intended to raise money for the establishment and running of a school for the less privileged.
Already, registration is on for the reality talent hunt. Interested contestants are to download the form and pay the sum of 3000 Naira either online or into GUTS account at FCMB, or First Bank.
The winner will go home with a cash prize of N3million and a movie role; first runner-up, N1.5 million plus movie role; and second runner-up, N500 thousand, plus a movie role.