By VICTOR AKANDE, JOE AGBRO, DUPE AYINLA-OLASUNKANMI, OLAITAN GANIU
NUT of about 1, 000 youths who thronged the Oakland Hotel, Enugu to show their skills and win the title, ‘The People’s Hero’ and a grand prize of N7 million, 11 people have emerged to contest at the live shows in Lagos from October.
The 11 participants were selected from 24 participants that had qualified from the first stage of the audition.
Encouraging the disqualified participants, Marc Swagz, one of the judges and an on-air personality, told the participants not to regard their disqualification as the end of their dream. He urged them to return to base and improve on their skills. Another judge Tobechukwu Ejiofor, popularly known as Illbliss, also said the competition must be stiff as whoever emerges the People’s Hero must be acknowledged by the world in his or her craft.
The eleven participants are made up of three dancers, two actors, three spoken word artists and three singers. They will slug it out with the next nine participants who will emerge from Owerri auditions happening next week.
An initiative of Hero Lager Beer, an International Breweries brand, The Peoples’ Hero seeks to identify the best of talents in singing, dancing, spoken word and acting in the Southeast and South-south region of Nigeria. It would reward the winner with a grand prize of N7 million and consolation prizes of N2 million and N1 million for the first and second-runners up.
The Marketing Manager, Hero Lager Beer, Mr. Obumneke Okoli, commended how the participants identified with their culture by showing up in different cultural attires.