Elizabeth Okagbare, a 62-year-old widow, is one of the 20 finalists in the inaugural round of the Delta State Government’s “Made in Delta Talent Search.”
The ‘Talent is the New Crude’ event aims to identify, nurture, and promote talents in the entertainment categories of music, comedy, and theater.
Akpobome Ogude, commonly known as Ogusbaba, a renowned comedian and Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Talent Development, presented the finalists on Wednesday in Asaba.
He claimed approximately 2,000 people participated in the various auditions from which the 20 finalists emerged.
The ace comic said that the 62-year-old widowed retired primary school teacher was one of five finalists in the acting category, with 11 finalists in music and four in comedy.
The grand finale, according to Ogusbaba, would take place on July 20 in Asaba, with the state government selecting ten of them for contracts worth N5 million.
He said, “This is not a luxury show neither was it designed to reward 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions. Amongst the 20 finalists, 10 would qualify for N5 million worth of contracts by the state government.
“Made In Delta Talent Search is an initiative of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as part of the efforts to diversify the economy of the state. We have been able to tell the world that talent is the new crude,” he added.
Mrs. Okagbare expressed her delight at the opportunity to demonstrate her natural skill and thanked the state government for providing it.
Okagbare expressed her resolve to make a difference in acting despite her age, expressing her sadness that a combination of lack of opportunity and familial pressure repressed her potential.