Group, A.B.U Zaria, Flags-Off Inter-faculty Talent Hunt Series for Next Generation Leaders
By Victor Osae IHIDERO
Sequel to the need to discover new talents in creative and entertainment arts, social entrepreneurship, critical thinking, architectural designing, locally-produced/home-made technologies, cultural engineering and tourism governance for sustainable development, a group, Baseline Media with support from the Ahmadu Bello University’s Theatre and Performing Arts Department, Diamond Bank and Bayscope is set to host its 3rd Inter-faculty Talent Hunt Series.
The Director of Baseline Media Inc. flags-off the talent hunt series in Zaria before the audition of over four hundred and thirty nine student-participants in Samaru and Kongo campus noting that there is a need to identify students with native abilities in diverse areas in order to mentor them to be effective leaders for tomorrow.
“This year’s project is different from the past two series because it gives students in the sciences, engineering, arts, management science to showcase their research findings, talents, and creative abilities. This year the student participants will compete for places in the Baseline Media Support Foundation, an arm known for promoting major scientific, technological, arts and creative breakthroughs of students and sponsoring major projects.
While emphasizing the importance of the project, a University don, Dr Emma Gana noted that the academia must begin to discover talents from the university campuses all around Nigeria and coaching identified talents to achieve their potentials. According to him, students after graduating from the university are faced with harsh realities and most of them often abandon talent for survival.
“We must begin to check against students abandoning talents for survival. Most of the popular start-ups and real-time services we enjoy today are borne or nursed by students from university campuses. Tech-students with talent were quickly identified and mentored and today they have delivered services that have made communication and businesses to thrive”, he said.
On her part, Jamila Mohammed, a lecturer with the University Department noted that Nigeria is lagging behind among the comity of nations with large population of student innovators. She calls for the replication of projects like this in Nigerian institutions.