ByÂ Prince Osuagwu
The ancient city of Benin was agog on penultimate Tuesday, as the Edo State National Youth Corps (NYSC), in collaboration with Globacom, organized the first Edo NYSC Inter-Secondary School Dance Contest among secondary schools in Benin City.
The dance contest with the theme, â€œCulture: The Pride of Nigeriaâ€, held at the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre saw 14 different secondary schools competing to win the prizes. The first prize of the competition is a desktop computer with flat screen and a 3-in-one colour printer. The second prize, a complete desk top computer and the third prize a 3-in-one colour printer.
At the end of the day, the young dancers from Western Boys High School with their scintillating performance took the first position, while the second and the third position went to Dominion City Academy and the Federal Government Girls College respectively.
Besides the performances by the participating schools, Globacom added colour to the event by parading an array of its Ambassadors and screen idols, Nonso Diobi, Monalisa Chinda and Chioma Chukwuka.
Musicians like the Original Stereo man, Ekwe also gave a good account of himself at the occasion adjudged as the first of its kind in Benin City.
In his opening remarks at the colourful contest, the Edo State Director of NYSC, Mr. Peter Atilola, said that the idea behind the contest was to help discover the innate talents of the school pupils, adding that experiences had shown that world stars were discovered at their tender ages.
The Edo NYSC boss commended Globacom for supporting the corps in putting the event together, adding that Globacom as a company was demonstrating a truly Nigerian spirit by the way it identifies with anything Nigerian.
â€œWe at the NYSC are indeed grateful to the major sponsor of this contest, Globacom and we recommend that other corporate bodies should emulate Globacom, not only in what they are doing today but in the way the company has identified with anything that has to do with Nigeria in the areas of sports, entertainment, culture, deployment of world-class services and many other thingsâ€, he added.
Welcoming participants to the event, Glo Business Director (GBD), Mid-West Territory, Mr. Augustine Mamuro, stated that the telecoms firm decided to partner with the NYSC on the contest so as to bring out the potentials of the students and the participating schools.
Other schools that participated in the contest were Baptist High School, Aideyan Memorial College, Word of Faith Group of Schools, Iyaro, Russel International School, Jacson Academy, Edokpolor Grammar School, Idia College, Edo College, Aduwawa Secondary School, Word of Faith Group of Schools, Iguodala and Edo Boys High School.