Governor initiates reality TV show for orphanages
By Nkemjika Chileetam
In a unique show of concern for the less privileged, Prince Tonye Princewill, a PDP Chieftain and Leader of Princewill Political Associates (PPA) has pumped in the sum of N120M in collaborate with Adonis Productions to organize the first ever Reality TV show for orphans under the umbrella of Melody Shelters.
In an online press release made available by Chief Eze Chukwuemeka, the image maker to Prince Tonye noted that: “The show will bring together amazing talents from different orphanages across Nigeria. The program that started with 40 Orphanages now has eight finalists currently camped in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital for the grand finale coming up in a few weeks
According to the release, eight finalists have each been assigned a dedicated musical coach who is responsible for training them on their chosen songs for the first two weeks before the stage performances commence this weekend. STV and CTL are expected to air this unique event from Friday 13th of April 2012 and will be showing every Friday and Saturday at 5:30pm while on Sunday it will show at 5:00pm.
The show will feature singing groups from eight finalist orphanages with the winning three taking home the final set of prizes. The featured orphanages are: Gidan Bege Orphanage (Benue State), Godswill Ophanage (Kogi State),Adonai Orphanage (Kaduna State), Rachael Homes (Abuja), Susanna homes (Abia State), Lifetime Caring Orphanage (Rivers State), Edo Orphanage (Edo State) and Compassion Orphanage (Edo State).
Performances will be judged by professional musician judges with the viewers at home also having a chance to contribute. All the events and performances will be recorded and broadcast on television. Eighteen million Naira will be won in prizes by the first three with the winning orphanage taking home Ten million Naira in cash.
Prince Tonye Princewill is a politician of repute, who anchors his foray in politics on his need to engineer change and sees his involvement in such projects as a way of appreciating the less privileged and the down trodden. With Melody Shelters, he is using his little resources to affect their lives whilst also acknowledging and supporting the contributions of people like Adonijah Owiriwa who like him have chosen to use their craft as a vehicle for change. To him life is nothing if we can't impact on those who have little as opposed those who have a lot.
This is the fourth initiative so far, in as many months – already he has given 25 million to the Port Harcourt Polo club, 26 million towards Microfinance for rural women, several million towards setting up a 3D studio for film academy scholars and now this. His eagerly awaited entertainment fund is expected to be launched next month in a soon to be announced collaboration with Grafton and Tamsrecords with the Consiglieres and other corporate partners already signed up. Add this to his previous works with women groups, scholarship programs, employment generation opportunities, youth mentoring initiatives and already attracted investment and his commonly used phrase continues to make sense, “You are blessed to bless others.”It is expected that these efforts will encourage others to help in their own little way. "Orphans did not ask to be born and can only believe God has a purpose for their life. Many of us have been fortunate enough to know the feeling of being loved and cared for by parents. That in itself is a blessing. If we can give back something and touch someone, God will never forget it, even if the orphans do. But if you ask me I will tell you that my experience with orphans is they do not underestimate the power of human kindness because that is what makes the difference between whether they will eat or not. Help them and you will never regret it