When BornTroWay Project wooed Bariga youths

The borntroway project is creating stars from disadvantaged youths, some from seedy neighbourhoods
The borntroway project is creating stars from disadvantaged youths, some from seedy neighbourhoods

The 5th edition of the BornTroWay Creative Arts Project, which offers talented youths in marginalized areas in Nigeria artistic tools to express their voices and skills, has been held at Bariga, Lagos.

The programme, an initiative of singer/producer, Ade Bantu, who is also a Judge in the ongoing MTN Project Fame Talent Reality TV show, was held between September 17 and 21 at Ade Ife Memorial primary school, Ifelodun, off Odunsi road.

The intensive five-day dance, drama, spoken word and music workshop, culminated in a public performance open to the public, and followed by a social outing.

On the last day of the project, participants exhibited the fruits of the intensive arts workshop to the people of Bariga by shedding light on issues of waste management and disposal, child abuse, education, talent support/ development and collective responsibility.

The first of the two performances took place at the Bariga Market before a crowd of curious spectators, eager to catch a glimpse of the youths. For the second performance they moved on to the ever-busy Bariga roundabout and once again engaged the audience that immediately gathered.

An overwhelmed Ade Bantu said, “I cannot tell you just how proud I am of these youths; they have shown courage, focus and dogged determination all through the workshop and today they are taking back their streets. I am a judge on the Project Fame show and currently promoting my latest single, Oya Oya, so each instructor is tied up with projects, but that cannot be an excuse.

“We believe in these children, we believe in their future and what we are doing is re-negotiating it through arts that reflect their stories. The BornTroway project is a movement and we need more people to step up and be a part of it.”

He also added that the highpoint of the event was when some members of the crowd approached the organizers to enquire about how they can get their children involved in the programme.

Bantu also added that over time, he looks forward to partnering with local organizations and artists to set up community centres, where motivated youth can meet to create, share and make joint ideas a reality.

“I look forward to partnering with local organizations and artists to set up community centers, where motivated youth can meet to create, share and make of joint ideas a reality,” He emphasized.

It is important to note that notable artistes like Sunny Ade, Salawa Abeni, 9ice and DaGrin started out in Bariga, which is also home to The Crown Troupe of Africa, headed by Segun Adefila, one of the instructors of the BornTroway Arts Project.

According to Adefila, Bariga has always had a vibrant theatre community, with lots of talented youths and the BornTroway Project is a major platform to showcase these talents.

Previous editions of the project were held in Ajegunle, Durban (South Africa) and Oshodi, Lagos

For more information, please visit the borntroway website.