Beeta playwright competition ends August 31
This will be followed by the announcement of the top 10 finalists, who are going to participate in a writing workshop, where the is expected to be announced at the grand finale.
The competition, which is organised by Beeta Universal Arts Foundation (BUAF), in partnership with Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, is aimed at discovering new talents in the art of play writing.
The competition is also aimed at preserving the Nigerian culture, history and heritage through raising new playwrights adept at conceptualising new ideas that capture all areas of the country’s life, from the grand to the absurd.
The competition is open to indigenous playwrights between ages of 18 and 40.
Award winning actress and producer, Bikiya Graham-Douglas, conceptualised Beeta Playwright Competition (BPC) so as to make a difference in unveiling and showcasing Nigeria’s emerging playwrights for the next generation.
Paul Ugbede’s play, Our Son the Minister, emerged winner of the competition’s first edition.
Graham-Douglas’ foundation published the play and staged it to give flesh and life to the work at Terra Kulture Arena. It also toured the country.
According to Union Bank’s Head of Corporate Communication and Marketing, Mr. Ogochukwu Ekezie-Ekaidem, the bank recognises how invaluable arts is to Nigeria’s culture and history, hence the commitment to developing talents in the creative industry through partnership with BUAF.
The competition, which is also supported by The Guardian, Nigeria, WAPIC Insurance Plc, Terra Kulture, Olajide & Oyewole LLP, and YNaija.com will see the winner going home with N1 million worth of prize plus a publishing deal with Paper Worth Books Limited.
It culminates in the stage production of the winning entry by BUAF at Terra Kulture Arena.
The second edition will have Shaibu Husseni, Ego Boyo, Ayo Jaiyesimi, Kenneth Uphopho, and Ibiso Graham-Douglas as the panel of judges for the competition.
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