Gifted vocalist Banky W joined forces with rapper, Ice Prince alongside ace photographer, Kelechi Amadi-Obi and Nollywood actor, Femi Ogedebge to hand admission letters and scholarships to 10 young people for a 2 months course in graphic designing at a creative institution in Lagos last week.
The event which was held on January 14, at Nandos in GRA, Ikeja was organized by Abinibi Creative Academy, a growing institution driven with a bid to develop and raise world class talents in graphic and digital arts.
According to Banky, “I believe an idle man is the devil’s workshop and so I see this as a move to keep these young people busy with something positive and profitable”. He also used the medium to call on other celebrities to support any activity that will change the lives of people in our society.
In a chat with photographer Kelechi Amadi-Obi, he said “everybody knows the world is now a global village and all the activities therein are programmed by internet professionals and I believe Nigeria can birth same, so we should support and encourage our youths for they are the leaders of tomorrow”.
Using the Jos crises as a reference point, Ice Prince said “If more of our youths are involved with activities like this, we will have a highly creative society rather than a violent one”. The fledging rapper who supported two random people also advised them to be focused and give it their best shot.
“Graphic artistes are like hotcakes in the film industry and we definitely need more of them to make our films come out better; that is why I came here today to support these lucky students” said actor Femi Ogedegbe.
Abinibi Creative Academy is spearheaded by James Alabi – a zestful young man who believes that Nigeria has loads of gifted young people who need to know how and where to develop their talents. He appreciated all the celebrities who came out to sponsor the students saying “they did well by paying the fees of the beneficiaries in full. ACA is equipped with professional tutors who will impart the needed knowledge into these students and they will come out to ‘transform’ the world with their acquired skills”