By Azuka Ogujiuba
All is now set for the commencement of the second edition of the Warri’us Music Search. This year, the organisers are targeting over 10,000 contestants. The event has already kicked off with the release of the registration forms. As you read this, the Garden City of Port Harcourt is agog, as it is set to host the first auditions slated for September 2nd-3rd, 2016.
The forms are selling at the cost of N3,000 each at all Fidelity Bank branches in the South-South region and at Fidelity online marketplace, www.greenmall.ng and www.warrius.com. According to the organisers, the scope of Warrius 2016, which will climax on October 1 in Warri, Delta State, has been expanded to accommodate the six South-South states.
Zonal auditions will be held in Port Harcourt, Benin City, Calabar with the grand finale in Warri on October 1st. This year, the judges will include Trizonna McClendon, Emmy Award 2015 winner, who will be supported by other celebrity judges at the grand finale in Warri. Meanwhile, there will be a Nigerian celebrity judge to represent each zone at auditions.
Warrius, is a brainchild of Autoserve Entertainment Centre boss, Mitaire ‘Mimi’ Okumagba. According to him, the show, which offers N1m star prize alongside a music recording deal, is aimed at discovering the enormous talent imbued in several unprivileged youths residing in South-South Nigeria.
All finalists, Okumagba said, would also go home with consolation prizes which further serves as a platform to take the mind of the youths off crude oil wealth and focus on ways to harness their God-given potentials.