By Bashir Hassan Abubakar
Towards harnessing creative talents among secondary school students in the country, National Troupe of Nigeria (NTN) has organised it’s 8th edition of the Nigeria Children’s Creative Station workshop in Bauchi.
Speaking on Monday, shortly before the commencement of the workshop, the Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Troupe, Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed said that the decision to revive the Children’s Creative Station was informed by the desire of NTN to discover young and untapped talents as the first step towards creating more human capacity for Nigeria’s growing creative economy.
Mallam Ahmed said that prior to the commencement of the 8th edition creative workshop in Bauchi state, previous participants were students of theatre and performing arts from various universities.
He also said that, in order to make the NTNCCS have more national appeal that for the first time such workshop is taking place in the Northern Nigeria.
“We have always held the program in Lagos and for the first time we decided to take the CCS to other parts of the country so that it have more national appeal.
“This edition has targeted 10 schools within Bauchi metropolis to be part of the workshop that is going to be facilitated by professional resource persons.
“The workshop is aim at introducing the participating schools to the rudimental foundation upon which the schools are expected to develop performances based on the theme of the workshop tagged ‘Unity in Diversity’, said Ahmed.
The CEO also commended Bauchi State government for its support of program through effective collaboration with the state ministries of Education and that of Culture and Tourism. He also thanked UNICEF and the North East Development Commission for supporting the Children’s Creative Station workshop.
Earlier speaking, the project coordinator of the NTNCCS, who also doubles as the Director Technical /Production Services of the National Troupe, Pamela Arnold Udoka described that the introduction of the workshop and competition among the selected schools as unique.
“We have always held the creative session during long holidays. But this time, the workshop stage will be held few days before school resume. So, the children resume school and commence rehearsals with their school mates.
“We hope that this would help the children master the skill of multi-tasking as they learn to run studies with rehearsals and eventual performances.
“So, we will begin with the workshop, have an elimination stage on 30th of September, to reduce the number of schools to three finalists to perform during command performance on the 2nd of October from, where the final position will be arrived at”, said Udoka.
Our correspondent reports that there were goodwill messages from the State Government and UNICEF Field office Bauchi. The workshop has as it’s theme “Unity in Diversity”.