By Jacob Ajom
In a one-of-a-kind event of music and football, GUO Transport Company, demonstrated once again their commitment to grassroots talent development in Nigeria.
The Aspire FC Egwu Ogene Football/Music Contest provided a unique opportunity for local Ogene groups in Anambra State to showcase their skills to the world.
The contest, which began in June, featured 52 local Ogene groups from 50 communities in Anambra State competing for the top spot in the football-music contest hosted online.
The contest was aimed at bringing together football and music, two things many Nigerians are most passionate about.
The finale, an exclusive event hosted at Marble Arch Hotels, Awka, was graced by top Nollywood actors, including Yul Edochie and Bob-Manuel Udokwu, who were part of the judges.
Top sports personalities, including MD/ CEO of Elegbete TV/Radio, Matthew Edafe, as well as former Nigeria’s Super Falcons’ Coach, Maureen Madu, were all in attendance.
Also in attendance were government dignitaries and many football-loving business moguls.
The event, organised by Spine Communications Limited in partnership with GUO Transport Company and other Nigerian Brands, was streamed online by over 60,000 viewers.
A statement by the firm noted that GUO Transport Company had been in service for nearly 40 years and is famous for supporting talent discovery and development in states across Nigeria and in West Africa.
“As land transportation is the most popular form of transportation in Nigeria,” it added, “GUO Transport Company has provided the means for artistes and craftsmen/women to move from their rural areas to the urban areas like Lagos for better opportunities.
“With over 400 buses in our fleet and over 200 destinations across West Africa, the indigenous transport company bridges the gap between talent and opportunity.
“GUO also offered free trips to the winners of the Aspire Egwu Ogene Contest to Lagos for the production of their album.
“It is important that these talented young men are not hindered by distance. We will continue to use our services to support the creative and professional development of young men and women in Nigeria,” said Mr Bernard Nweke, Team Leader, Customer Service and Brand Manager of GUO.