Corps Members Showcase Talent At Cultural Carnival
Nigeria’s tribal culture was brought to the fore in Abia State following a cultural carnival that featured traditional dance competition among the 2015 Batch ‘B ‘ Stream One Youth Corps members in the State NYSC Orientation Camp at Umunneato in Bende local council.
The carnival, which was facilitated by Chief Sam Onuigbo, a representative of Ikwuano/Umuahia Constituency in the House of Representatives, witnessed over 2,400 Corps members participating. The number was divided into 10 groups called Platoons and each assigned a Nigerian tribe like Igbo, Tiv, Ijaw, Fulani, Ibibio, Hausa, Efik, Bini, Yoruba and Urhobo for the purpose of the competition. Each tribe/Platoon consequently competed as indigenes of their assigned tribes and accordingly displayed their dances.
At the end of the competition, Platoon 4 (Fulani tribe) emerged overall best, winning N50, 000 cash prize. Platoon 5 (Ibibio) came second and Platoon 8 (Bini) third position. Cash prizes of N30, 000 and N20, 000 were respectively given to them.
Each of the remaining seven Platoons went home with N10, 000 consolation prize.
Speaking at the event, the special guest of honour, Onuigbo stressed the need to sustain the cultures of the different tribes that make up the Nigerian nation.
He commended the founding fathers of NYSC Scheme, which he said has helped to unify the country.
In his address, the State NYSC Coordinator, Adewoye, said Onuigbo’s special interest in the State NYSC scheme over the years has impacted positively on the progress of the scheme.
“ The competition was aimed at enhancing cultural integration, physical and mental alertness of corps members as well as add colours, glamour, fun and excitement to the service area, as corps members are given the opportunity to compete with their colleagues and as well as showcase their talents.