It’s been nothing but excitement for the Dare 2 Dream initiative as the team hit Uyo via Dana Air in search of the next BIG talent.
Uyo proved to be a very hospitable place for the team as they were accorded a warm welcome by the students of the University of Uyo. This was made all the more special by the presence of one of Akwa Ibom’s celebrity daughters, television personality Yvonne Vixen Ekwere, who was one of the jurors. The students screamed with joy as she got on stage to address them as a living proof that dreams do come true.
This was followed by 3 intense days filled with laughter, tears and discovery as the team combed through University of Uyo in search of the finalists who would make it to boot camp in Lagos. The jury consisting of Thecla Wilkie reporter for NTA, media personality Yvonne Vixen Ekwere, London based stylist Didier Oliveira and Caterina Bortolussi Creative Director at Kinabuti had a hard time selecting the 6 finalists.
The contestants worked hard in the 3 days of selection and so many improvements were made along the way. Eventually, 17 finalists were chosen and they performed along side local student artists from Uniuyo.
A highlight from the event was when Thecla Wilkie announced the comedian who would join her on her show in Lagos and participate along side the two singers who had earlier been chosen in Port Harcourt. The students were thrilled as one of their own was on his way to realising his dreams!
Through it all, Golden Penny kept the students and jurors well fed while cooking classses were also offered. FCMB was also on hand to lend their support offering make up classes and prizes to deserving performances.
DARE2Dream THIS TIME gave the chance to showcase their talents to up and coming designers TAJ who started their work when they watched kinabuti documentary “In Our ghetto”. Their clothes were worn by some finalists and Taj designers also spoke on stage to their students mates and inspire them to follow their dream.
Finally the moment everyone had been waiting for arrived – the announcement of the 6 finalists. It was a tough decision for the jurors but eventually the decision was made and the 6 finalists who would fly to Lagos via Dana stay at the Federal Palace Hotel and Casino to attend the Dare2Dream bootcamp were announced. It was truly an emotional moment for all.