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Talk show with Ik Anyanwu (CEO Sommies Ltd, GCFN Consult & Founder Arise Afrika on Face of Arise Afrika Pageant 2017. Other Guest Includes : Pastor IOC Walter, Val Inyama, Usman Chioma Elsja, Usman Shelly, Amadi Blessing, Precious Okoro, Host of the radio show: Kanon
1. Permit me to start with Mr Ik Anyanwu. What is Face of Arise 2017?
Face of Arise Africa/Pageant is the first of its kind and the biggest and the best scholarship pageant.
It is not just a spur but an act geared towards inspiring and nurturing young, talented models as we seek to raise the beautiful continent of Africa. We are redefining Africa to the world.
In today’s world there is a quest for our youths to explore their talents and be identified as celebrities, but due to non availability of adequate platforms in Africa for self discovery, most young people are susceptible to the clarion call of sacrilegious, and lewd sexuality driven beauty pageants and fashion show which leads to lots of social irresponsibility among young people in Nigeria and Africa at large. The entertainment industry too has been basterdized hence the need for change. This is why we have come up with this revolutionary project that is aimed at creating the right platform for our youths through our intensive entrepreneurial skill acquisition training while harnessing their talents and potentials.
What is your vision?
At Arise Africa we have a vision of redefining Africa to the world. If you travel outside, you would discover that there is this view about Africa in the eyes of our western world. This vision is geared toward redefining that view. We intend doing that by raising the beautiful continent of Africa one information at a time, from our culture, to music.
When we are looking at Redefining Africa, we are looking beyond our colour. Face of Arise Afrika Pageant/Awards will look beyond the colour being black, we are celebrating Africa, We are projecting Africa, We are telling the world that Africa is beautiful. We are using beauty to project talents; we are using beauty to project skills, Initiative, Ideas. We are telling the world that there are lots of potentials in Africa.
YOUR THEME IS REDEFINING AFRICA TO THE WORLD. WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT
If you look closely at every product and you open up a PACKAGE OR product, you would see the manual. In the manual you see the mind of the manufacturer. He tries to tell you what the product is all about.
When we are looking at redefining Africa, we can not redefine Africa without looking at the context. Going back to God who made us. What did God say about us. What is His view about us. Not what people are thinking about us, not what others are trying to label us. Not what people are saying, for when you look at a pageant, a lot of people have negative view about it. They have a mindset. What we intend to do is redefine pageantry. What did God say about us. He said "We are fearfully and wonderfully made" we are made in His image. What is Gods image. likeness. God is the creator. That means we also can be creative. That means we can be creative.
WHAT IS THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND FAAPA?
The event that is coming up is a pageant and its also an award. The philosophy behind it is promoting the values. sometimes ago we were recognized for what we do. Beyond the awards this is to say Africa has good music, good comedians, beautiful ladies.
Esther became a Queen through pageantry. We are saying Africa has got all it takes and we are celebrating ourselves.
With FAAPA we will raise a generation of young people accustomed to godly values; integrity, honesty, self esteem, good character, poise, Charming personality, beauty, eloquent
To encourage young models to stay in their fields
and teach them many skills that would take them to the top.
Arise Africa will ignite the passion for a closer relationship with God that will enable young people acquire the needed inspiration for the emancipation of African continent. We have been sleeping in Africa, we need to awaken our youths.
YOU SAID SOMETHING ABOUT PROMOTING VALUES. SHOWCASING AFRICA TO THE WORLD. THERE ARE DOZENS OF PAGEANTS. WHAT IS SO UNIQUE ABOUT THIS ONE. WHY SHOULD PEOPLE BE INTERESTED IN THIS ONE?
There is everything unique about this pageantry. That is because we are not only showcasing beauty , we are also developing and celebrating talents. It would interest you to note that the contestants, some of them came in without specific skills but through this pageantry they have been able to acquire skills, it is not only just about wining and going home with a crown or loosing and you are going home with nothing. The idea is this at whatever position you emerge, you are skilled because over time, they have been trained. What is different is that those that are contesting even before contesting are already receiving training on entrepreneurship.
HOW CAN ONE PARTICIPATE?
It's an ongoing thing. You can meet us at 10 Tetlow Road at Dozzymore Academy. The grand finale comes up on the 29th July at Bechmark Hotels.
Our Ticket selling points: Jireh Resturant by Maris Junction, Blue Ribbon Lounge Shoprite, Rennys, Dozzymore Academy & Bongo Square.
or you can visit our Facebook page: Face of Arise Afrika Pageant/Award 2017.
PLEASE SHED MORE LIGHT ON SOME OF THE SIDE ACTIVITIES GOING ON:
There has been Audition, Training, Tours and then the online voting which has been going on for a month now.
There is also voting on the Awards which you can be part of the process.
YOU SAID WE CAN PICK UP FORMS. IS THAT OK, EVEN WHEN THIS IS ON.
Yes, you can come to Dozzymore, to pick up forms to be trained at Dozzymore Accademy. we believe in empowering great minds for the future. Even after the pageant, we are open 24 hours ready to serve you.
TELL US MORE ON THE FAAAWARDS
There is something unique about what we are doing. If we are appreciating potentials. There is something about exposure. during the build up to this event, the go outside the state, meet with celebrities and be able to have a redefined view about lives.
From the selection of dignitaries that we are awarding, you would find out that they are worth rewarding.
You can vote awards when you log in to www.ariseafrika.com . People in this part of the world are very much keen to reward hard work, sustained efficiency. When people are doing well, it is good to appreciate them.
We have the merit Award, Distinguished Personalities Award and then you have the pull where people also vote
WHAT WE DO
Arise Afrika has a blog, Arise Afrika has a magazine, Entrepreneurship/Skill Acquisition training centers they. Arise Afrika is a movement that is geared toward ensuring that our youths rise ups
I will like to take out this special time to appreciate all my partners, we have gotten this far because of you and we know that 29th of July is going to be a huge success.
AS A YOUNG LADY IN THE SOCIETY THAT IS HELPING PEOPLE ALREADY, AND WHEN THEY WIN, HOPE THEY WOULD BECOME A ROLE MODEL. WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO HELP THE PEOPLE
Its not about just win the face of a beauty pageant, get a car and flaunt around toe. Arise Afrika is here to promote not just beauty but brain. how intelligent are you? Personally, I don’t believe that a woman should be judged by her looks alone but by what she has inside of her.
Do you have vision?
In this competition everyone is a winner because you all gets to be impacted to become relevant in the society. They would make a positive difference to the world. the beauty Queen that would be corned that they would champion the cause of our charitable projects, brand Ambassadors,
IS ARISE AFRICA A CLARION FOR SOMETHING DEEPER OR IS IT A STATEMENT. WHY ARISE AFRICA?
We are seeing what is happening in the other parts of the world especially how advanced they are and we decided that we are going to champion the cause of Africa Arising, we believe that there are lots of talents in Africa, there are lots of potentials in Africa. But most of this talents is not developed. What we do is that we discover this talents, we develop them,
Actually we have been on it, we have partnered with Bureau of Student Affairs, Imo State Govt House, Nigeiran Eye, Zanders Fm, Mercy Streams Foundations.
We believe that the youths must take their own destinies in their own hands. Nigerians must corporate among themselves to build a better functioning communities. we must become advocates for better governance and policies that would affect positively on the society.
Arise Afrika believes that the youths must be challenged to rediscover lost values through the same cooperatives dedication and strengths that must pull them out of the fangs of poverty, it all lies in our hands.
In a nutshell it is changing that mentality that is in Africa and making people to realize that inherent in Africa are so much talents that can be driven to prosperity.
We want to encourage you all to make plans to be at the event, pick your tickets and get for your friends.
QUESTIONS TO CONTESTANTS:
IF YOU BECOME THE FACE OF ARISE AFRICA. WHAT WOULD DO TO IMPROVE PAGEANTRY IN IMO STATE.
What we are trying to do for pageant in Imo State, we are going to make sure that most girls gets to contest. Because I know that most girls might be complaining that they don’t have money for forms, camps and so forth, we would make it free for them to contest for pageants the costumes, we would make sure that they are scouted in the right way and gets international recognition so that their talents might be nurtured. For some of them that might not be that good in school, education and stuff like that, we would find their talents and make sure that their talents are nurtured and they become somebody from that.
We also want to let you know that one of one of our contestants already has a pet project, can you tell us about your pet project?
I stared a charity project called BOLD REFORMERS. I started it in Zimbabwe with my friends and youths, I told them guys am starting this organization. I want to help people. The needy, the less privileged in the society, the orphans, etc
And they said, just get started and we will see how it goes, then we started. So far we have had so many events. We have visited so many children’s homes, we have held so many Christmas party for orphans, the less privileged, the blind And now we are about to start this organization here in Nigeria and we are hoping that we would get willing people that are ready to spend time, money with the people that are in real need. We know that Nigeria is very rich but a few people are keeping the money. Please lets come out and help the less privileged. We know that you are out there and you would come out to help us.