The “Got Talent” mania, which has swept through the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries in Europe and Asia, is coming to Nigeria.
The reality television talent competition has given thousands – from jugglers, to singers, to magicians and lovable freaks of every kind – a stage on which they too can display their unique talents, grasp at fame and perhaps some fortune as well.
Now Nigerians get the same opportunity. The Vanguard reported that two companies, Rapid Blue Format and Optima Media Group, the organizations behind the Nigerian Idol TV show, are bringing the “Got Talent” franchise to Nigeria.
Auditions are expected to begin in the month of July and will likely attract thousands of Nigerians, from all demographics, across the country.
Mr. Rotimi Pedro, Managing Director of OMG said the new show will put Nigeria “on the world map again, side-by-side with countries like America, France and India who have brought the ‘Got Talent’ franchise, which is one of the fastest growing in the world”.
Amateurs and professionals, performers of all ages will exhibit their talents and it will be up to the audience to vote for their favorite talent.
Nigeria’s Got Talent is sponsored by Airtel. Executive Director of the telecoms company, Deepak Srivastava, said it was another way for Airtel to show its commitment to giving Nigerian youths a platform to fulfill their dreams and, if nothing else, have fun with their friends.
“They have delivered great music, great acting and have achieved a whole lot in other endeavours like sports and even in academics,” Srivastava said of Nigerian youths.
Media Partners, Cool and Wazobia Info radio stations, also expressed excitement at the show finally coming to Nigeria.