By Ayo Onikoyi

For years now, ace comedian and social commentator, I Go Dye, born Francis Agoda, has been at the forefront of campaign and advocacy for good leadership and empowerment of the youths in the country.

I Go Dye

This, has seen him stepped on some powerful toes through his open letters that have never failed to strike the cord of people that matter. While many social crusaders may be considered as empty barrels that make only noises, the Warri-born humour merchant has distinguished himself by practicing what he preaches.

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Through an initiative he created, labelled Francis Agoda Path of Honour (FAPOH), he launched talent hunt project dubbed “Sorting Out Raw Talents (SORT)” to discover new talents in Delta State and not only that, but to also empower them on their journey to stardom. In this wise, the comedian has splashed a total of six million naira in cash prizes to the winners of the talent hunt and a brand new Hyundia Accent sedan car to the grand finale winner, Ezeh Godstime.

The project, which got a nod from the governor of Delta State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, held across three cities in the state, namely; Warri, Agbor and Asaba.. The first edition or audition as it was called, took place at Warri on February 13, 2019 and it was Douglas Oghenekaro who won star prize of N500,000. The Agbor audition which held on February 21, 2019 was won by a young musical act named Blessing Edeyibo and she also got N500,000. For the Asaba edition which held concurrently with the grand finale, Ezeh Godstime was victorious all the way. He got the N500,000 for the Asaba audition as well as the grand prize of 2 million naira. He also became an owner of a brand new Hyundia Accent sedan, 2019 model.

The keenly contested grand finale which held on Thursday, March 7, 2019 was presided over by A-list entertainers as judges. Innocent Idibia, popularly known as 2Baba was one of the judges which include comedian Ay; show promoter and A Night of a Thousand Laughs producer, Opa Williams; music producer, Nas T and OAP Monique.

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The highpoint of the event was the entry of Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, who despite his busy schedule was still able to make it to the event. The governor in his speech thanked I go Dye for the initiative and encouraged the youths to harness their talents. He told the audience that he would be looking forward to having another edition of Project SORT come next year. He promised to support the programme with all he can and was impressed with the organization of the talent hunt.

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