Graham-Douglas unveils Beeta Playwright Competition 2022
Arrangements have reached conclusive stages for the 2022 Beeta Playwright Competition (BPC). Making this known last week was the award-winning actress and producer, Bikiya Graham-Douglas.
According to Bikiya, with the fifth edition of the competition, “we remain committed to finding new voices in Nigerian Literature. Our theme this year, Our Stories our voices, aims to find authentic Nigerian stories by Nigerians. Now more than ever, we can see what is happening in the creative industry and how talent is putting us on the map for good. There are many talented Playwrights in Nigeria and we hope BPC continues to be the springboard for their advancement.”
Organised by the Beeta Universal Arts Foundation (BUAF), the competition has over the years birthed plays from its past winners such as Our Son, the Minister by Paul Ugbede; Jagagba by Abdul Qudus-Ibrahim; Daughters of the East by Achalugo Chioma Ezekobe and Black Dust by Temilolu Fosudo. “Some of the past winners who have all gone on to experience enormous successes,” said Graham-Douglas.
The competition’s theme for this edition has a deadline for all entries from May 30 through to June 30, 2022, and calls for entries from indigenous playwrights between the ages of 18 to 40 who an esteemed panel of judges — made up of award-winning playwrights and Professor of Theatre Arts, Ahmed Yerima as chairman; Director and producer, Kenneth Uphopho; Publisher, Ibiso Graham-Douglas; Writer and producer, Ayo Jaiyesimi; Culture/film journalist and arts administrator, Shaibu Husseini and actress and Producer, Ego Boyo — will judge.
“As is the norm, 10 finalists will be treated to a writing camp, from whence a winner, who stands to win prizes worth up to N1.5 million and a publishing deal with PaperWorth Books Limited and their play produced by BUAF and will be part of the nationwide University Campus Outreach, will emerge at the grand finale,” said Graham-Douglas.
For this edition, BUAF is partnering Union Bank, Paperworth Book, Olajide & Oyewole LLP, Limited and other partners include MTN Foundation, Chairborne Global Services Limited, Megaletrics.
All entries should be submitted to www.beetauniversal.org (Terms and Conditions Apply); follow the conversation on social media @beetaarts for more information; contact Dunni at +234 816 764 5578 or email firstname.lastname@example.org