In a unique show of concern for the less privileged, Prince Tonye Princewill, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party and Leader of Princewill Political Associates, has pumped N120 million into the first ever Reality TV show for orphans in collaboration with Adonis Productions, under the umbrella of Melody Shelters. Click to read more....A statement by Princewill's spokesperson, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka, said: "The show will bring together amazing talents from different orphanages across Nigeria.
"The programme that started with 40 Orphanages now has eight finalists currently camped in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, for the grand finale coming up in a few weeks."
According to the statement, eight finalists have each been assigned a dedicated musical coach, who is responsible for training them on their chosen songs for the first two weeks before the stage performances commence this weekend.
STV and CTL are expected to air this unique event from April 13, 2012.
It will be aired every Friday and Saturday at 5:30pm while on Sunday it will show at 5pm.
The show will feature singing groups from eight finalist orphanages with the winning three taking home the final set of prizes.
The featured orphanages are: Gidan Bege Orphanage (Benue State), Godswill Ophanage (Kogi State), Adonai Orphanage (Kaduna State), Rachael Homes (Abuja), Susanna homes (Abia State), Lifetime Caring Orphanage (Rivers State), Edo Orphanage (Edo State) and Compassion Orphanage (Edo State).
Performances will be judged by professional musician judges, with the viewers also having the opportunity to contribute.
All the events and performances will be recorded and broadcast on television, with N18 million to be won in prizes by the first top three contenders, with the winning orphanage taking home N10 million.
Princewill is a politician of repute, who anchors his foray in politics on his need to engineer change and sees his involvement in such projects as a way of appreciating the less privileged and the downtrodden.
With Melody Shelters, he is using his resources to affect their lives whilst also acknowledging and supporting the contributions of people like Adonijah Owiriwa, who, like him, have chosen to use their craft as a vehicle for change.
To him, life is nothing if we can't impact on those who have little as opposed those who have a lot.
This is the fourth initiative so far, in as many months.
He recently gave N25 million to the Port Harcourt Polo Club, N26 million towards microfinance for rural women, several million towards setting up a 3D studio for film academy scholars and now this.
His eagerly awaited entertainment fund is expected to be launched next month in a soon-to-be-announced collaboration with Grafton and Tamsrecords, with the Consiglieres and other corporate partners already signed up.
The statement added: "Add this to his previous works with women groups, scholarship programmes, employment generation opportunities, youth mentoring initiatives and already attracted investment and his commonly used phrase continues to make sense, 'You are blessed to bless others.'”
‘For those of you calculating the millions stated here, you won't get the amount to be N120M. The press statement is long, so I just made it short’.