BY JAPHET ALAKAM
A group known as the Interface forum with total support from the Century Energy Group recently demonstrated its readiness to empower young and talented Nigerians to showcase their capabilities and have the opportunity to be so established in music , dance, painting and craft, writing, economic development debates and all forms of creative arts in a talk show held at Terra Kulture, Lagos.
The forum was attended by young people from all walks of life who are determined to drive the creative industry in Nigeria and beyond. Apart from having Fela Bankolemo ,Managing Director of Media Vision give a talk, it also featured Emilia Asim-Ita, young entrepreneur and manager of Praxis Consulting, who unleashed the vitality of a youth, crowned with great intelligence that can encourage young people.
Winner of the TV reality debate programme, Chinedu Chidi, writer, Abi Akpeti and Ochuko of the popular musical talent show, Project Fame made the long list of young people who took the pride of purposeful youth to come together to impact their generation, and leave worthy legacies.
The different speakers shared their experiences on efforts made so far in establishing their persuasion about the part they have chosen. They pointed out that it is not that they lack the understanding about what they wanted, but because there are quite a few platforms that take the interest of the youth into consideration.
In his address, Founding partner of Interface, Ferdinand Adimefe, said that the forum was established to give young people a meaningful ground to express their talents, not just for the fun of it, but to be able to build on foundations that would contribute to economic growth while they are self-employed. “ The Interface is here to help young and talented people chart a course forward in their areas of endeavours. We have so structured it that everyone who has decided to be a member of the forum would have a clear vision on how to make the best of his or her talent, and the beauty of it would remain that we would be driving the economy from a creative angle.”
Adimefe sees the Interface as a veritable forum that would take away young people with talents from the streets and help them with ideas for better focus. For him, because the Interface was established with a focus to manage a need of the youths, it would serve a better purpose beyond the regular talent reality shows that serve a limited purpose.
Highlights of the day were, performance by a rap artiste Deleke, who did a bit of what he loves doing and an exhibition of craft of colourful and assorted bags made from locally sourced materials by Vera.