STAR Rising Initiative led by Mrs Ovia, wife of former Zenith Bank chief executive, Jim Ovia, is set to  launch the maiden edition of its talent-hunt show in Lagos. The audition and selection of qualified candidates is scheduled to hold on Saturday, November 22, 2014.

Speaking at its press conference, founder and Initiator of the foundation,  Mrs. Ovia, gave a short presentation about the  initiative. “Our mission is to establish Star Rising centres and support the youth of Nigeria as they walk the rough terrain of becoming responsible adults in an age where nothing seems stable and change is only constant.  To nurture, discover God-given talents  and providing counselling, well equipped modern library for the children to study. “It is a passion dealing with children.

I learnt all this from my husband, Mr. Ovia, to give back to the society with the little I can give. I decided to work with a team to build up this educational initiative.  I have sponsored so many children in the past but decided to build a foundation by working with professionals in the industry. The selection process will be done from 25 secondary schools and non- governmental organisations in Lagos State,” she said.

Celebrities in the entertainment industry to grace the event are:  Kaffy, Ikon, Davido, Chidinma, Sasha, Blink, RunTown  Omoakin, Yeevelle, Ozzy, Neduton, Boscouzi, Miss Jae, DJ Cuppy, Lynxx and Nneka Egbuna.

The event is supported by Visafone, Zenith Bank, Wempco, Civic Centre, Uber, Jim Ovia Foundation, Radio Stationa,  newspapers, magazines and other social media platforms.

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