By Prisca Sam-Duru
A TOTAL of 35 youths aged 15-25 last weekend, at Obalende, Ikoyi Lagos, thrilled a mammoth crowd which gathered at the venue of the 6th edition of BornTroWay project.
The public presentation held in collaboration with the Eti-Osa Youth Development Initiative, featured a 5-day workshop sessions at Girls Modern Academy, Lagos.
Having learned greater self-confidence evident in the dance, poetry, song that the youths created as well as acting pieces, they proceeded on day 3, to work with friend of BornTroWay and artiste, Abolore Sobayo who gave a master class in tie & dye. Interestingly, the tie & dye session resulted in the team’s production of t-shirts that later became their uniform in the final day’s public performance.
For the youths who exhibited so much interest in contributing to achieve the much desired change in the country, Obalende even with the efforts of the Lagos State Government could still be described as Crowdy, dirty, filled with guest houses, noisy, lunatics, very busy, commercial, ghetto, old, army barracks, market, not in order, trade centre, garage, bus stop, centre of attraction, congested, rough, and lastly, as Nigeria’s New York.
And if given the opportunity, they would help to “improve education and security, provide electricity, renew the town, demolish dangerous collapsing buildings and reconstruct them, clean the environment, take the beggars off the street, increase the quality of medical health care, change people’s mind-set especially the youth, good water, stop prostitution, take touts off the streets, stop child abuse, violence, pick pockets; and provide job opportunities.”
They however suggested that Obalende would be livelier if “the bridges were painted in colours, dirts swept off the streets, if a talent centre for jobs could be opened and traffic were reduced.”
Throughout the duration of the workshop cum public performance, participants learned the value of inclusion, concentration and team collaboration which are necessary factors for their success in future. At the end of the workshop, the team headed to the heart of Obalende where they street-staged a great heart-rendering performance, which was an amazing testimony of the value of team effort and consistent hard work.
The BornTroWay Obalende team kept their neighbourhood, comprising market traders and buyers, school children heading back home and passers-by, well entertained for over 30 minutes in a show that was funny, educating, engaging and at the same time, well coordinated.
The public Obalende-hailing multi-award winner and superstar General Pype who graced the occasion, seized the opportunity, to display a heart-warming and encouraging performance for the young participants who achieved so much in so little time by putting in their very best.
Highlights of the public performance was issuance of certificates to those who completed the training with a resounding success.