Lagos – No fewer than 100 school children on vacation are taking part in the sixth edition of the creative station initiative of the National Troupe of Nigeria (NTN), the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
NAN reports that the programme engages the children in creative writing, acting, miming, voice training, improvisation, singing, dancing and puppetry.
This year’s edition is taking place at the National Theatre in Iganmu, Lagos.
Miss Chisom Onyeneze (12), a student of Oke Odo Junior High School, said that she was happy participating at the programme.
“ I am happy to be part of this programme. My mother encouraged me to take part.
“ At first I didn’t have interest in it because I had wanted to be playing football with my friends at home.
“But when I came here and saw many of my friends from the same school, I started developing interest in the programme.
“It has been fun and I love it,’’ Onyeneze said.
Another participant, Miss Williams Opeyemi (9), a student of Grace Land Child Home, said that the programme had made her to discover her talent in singing and miming.
“I have enjoyed this programme a lot, most especially seeing myself in the midst of other children. It has been a fun.
“I have discovered I can sing and mime, though I am still not getting the dancing steps. But I hope I will get it very soon, “ Opeyemi said.
Also speaking to NAN, Miss Abiodun Aminat, a 10-year-old girl from Ijero Girls School, described the programme as a blessing.
“It is a blessing from God because God has used our teacher to help us discover our talents.
“I never knew I could act in a drama the way I did. In fact I enjoyed it, “ Aminat said.
Shuaib Hussein, the Head of Media and Public Relations at NTN, said that the children were taken through all areas of theatre act.
“When the children arrived here, they were taken through every stage of theatre act and at the end they will be involved in production of all that they had been thought.
“They will have to make a presentation to their parents. Through this forum, we have discovered a lot of young creative minds and dancers among others.
“It’s a way of engaging in talents discovery and the best way we can achieve this is through this process,’’ he said.
Hussein, however, advised parents to nurture the talents of their children until they become adults. (NAN)