Yemi Akande emerged as the general winner of the fifth version of the Beeta playwright competitors, together with his play titled ‘The Mask We Wear’. This was introduced at the grand finale occasion, held on Friday, November 18, 2022, at the Agip corridor, MUSON Centre, Lagos.
Yemi Akande who emerged the winner out of the top ten finalists was awarded 1.5 million naira, a publishing deal, and his play being produced by the Beeta Universal Arts Foundation (BUAF).
This year’s version of the Beeta playwright competitors, organised by the Beeta Universal Arts Foundation in partnership with the MTN Foundation, had over 700 entries the place the top ten finalists have been selected and handled to a one-week coaching workshop. The competitors is aimed at grooming younger budding playwrights to inform indigenous Nigerian tales and showcase their writing skills and expertise within the Nigerian artistic business.
Speaking at the finale occasion, Founder, Beeta Universal Arts Foundation, Bikiya Graham-Douglas applauded the tenacity of Nigerian youths. She acknowledged “For the primary time ever, we had a complete of 794 entries from 30 states. This simply goes to present that Nigerian youths are made to imagine, and they’re certainly the way forward for Nigeria. We are very grateful to uncover expertise in Africa and It’s been very rewarding seeing all these younger folks writing and telling their very own variations of our historical past’’.
She additionally appreciated the efforts of the sponsors saying “My sincere appreciation also goes to all our sponsors who have made this dream come true, especially the MTN Foundation, who have stood by us from the beginning of this year’s edition till now. I am very grateful.”
Also talking at the grand finale occasion, Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, Odunayo Sanya said, “The Foundation is invested in and will proceed to assist and sponsor tasks like this that empower younger Nigerians. Our expectations are that you just grace international phases and we see your manufacturing throughout the globe’’.
Ego Boyo, Bolanle Austen-Peters, and Enyinna Nwigwe amongst other artistes have been additionally current at the grand finale occasion.