Calling all Creatives! Taruwa and The Future Awards are hosting a Town Hall meeting just for you – Click To See Details

by Stanley Azuakola

As you must have heard by now, nominations for The Future Awards Season 7 is on. The theme of this season’s awards is ‘Tear down these walls’.

As part of activities to carry everyone along in the process, The Future Awards is teaming up with Taruwa to hold an Entertainment and Creative Town Hall Meeting.

It’s a meeting where the criteria for nominations will be discussed as well as how to participate in the events.

Relevant categories for creative people are:

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Creative Artist of the Year

This if for young people in the core arts; which would be sculptors, painters, photographers and the others in the generic – writers are included. The winner must have a large and respected portfolio, and must have made visible impact in the selected art – which might include but are not restricted to publications, participation in major exhibitions et al.

Designer of the Year

We are looking for designers in fashion who manage to combine running viable businesses with high-wired creativity. Their works must be of distinctive value and must be original in concept and global in application; so that they are able to compete internationally; however there must be a sense of proper structure that ensures longevity for the nominee. Critical and peer acclaim is a plus for this category.

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Actor of the Year

This is for the actor (or actress) who has acted in a critical number of major movies or plays, at least enough to achieve either popular or critical acclaim. It will help if he/she has also gotten other credible awards for their craft, as well as if that person has also spent up to two years in the film or stage industry.

Musician of the Year

This award goes to that person whose music is extremely popular, and not just amongst 18-31 year olds. It need not be famous internationally (though that won’t hurt), but Nigeria must feel its impact. The musician should also have won or been nominated in other credible awards and must have performed in major concerts. He/she must also be relevant at the moment.

On-Air Personality – Radio

This award is for the radio presenter/host who is really popular for his/her work. Their shows need not be of the highest quality, given the challenges of our environment, but must be of basic standard quality. The idea however is that the personality and talent of the person must shine through. Experience as a presenter/host outside of the studio will also help.

On-Air Personality – Television

The criteria are same as above – but for television.

Producer of the Year – Music

This belongs to the young person who is into the production of music, whether for artistes, or for corporate use – the work must be a commercial or popular success. It helps if the producer has worked with already established brands name. Whatever the case, he/she must also have made a name for his/herself, and earned respect amongst his/her peers. We must also be able to see instances of jobs this person is directly responsible for, and those jobs must either be of an obviously high quality.

Producer of the Year – Screen

This belongs to the young person who is into the production of music, whether for artistes, or for corporate use – the work must be a commercial or popular success. It helps if the producer has worked with already established brands name. Whatever the case, he/she must also have made a name for his/herself, and earned respect amongst his/her peers. We must also be able to see instances of jobs this person is directly responsible for, and those jobs must either be of an obviously high quality.

Entrepreneurship

This if for that young person that has to set up a viable business is getting verifiable patronage and is transparently seen to be succeeding with it. There must be a sizeable number of employees relative to the business, it must control incidents of production, and must have visible impact in the sector/field of business. The business must be at least two years old. Proper accounting, registration and tax books must be available for inspection. We are searching for entrepreneurs in the categories below.

Entrepreneur of the Year – Entertainment

TARUWA is a forum in its fifth year, which brings poets, spoken word artistes, actors, comedians, instrumentalists, and singers to come together and express themselves. Some of the regulars at Taruwa include alternate soul artiste Bez Idakula, Top 90.9 radio personality Tosyn Bucknor, Amstel Malta Box office winner and actor OC Ukeje, renowned stage act Lala Akindoju, and producer Cobhams Asuquo.

The Taruwa/Future Awards Entertainment and Creative Town Hall Meeting will hold on Tuesday June 26 at the Bogobiri House by 6.30pm.

It will feature performances around the theme “Hope and Courage,” which tallies nicely with the Future Awards Season 7 theme because it is impossible to tear down any kind of wall without hope and courage.

The Creative and Entertainment Town Hall Meeting is going to be a great evening of inspiration and entertainment. Bogobiri House is at No 9 Maitama Sule, Off Awolowo Road, Ikoyi.

You shouldn’t miss it.

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