Desmond Elliot To Host Talent Hunt For African Rising Filmmakers

Source: Osaremen Ehi James/

Talented and respected Nollywood actor, Desmond Elliot, has been billed to host the first edition of a talent hunt show for aspiring filmmakers in Africa that will be aired on some popular TV stations.

The programme, tagged 'Unleash Ur Creativity', organised by Emmanuel Eyaba of 2et Media Network Limited, will also give room to rising actors, scriptwriters, cameramen, songwriters, singers, editors, makeup artistes or costumiers the opportunity to showcase what they have.

'Unleash Ur Creativity' was set up due to the need to create a platform where many people, especially youths, will be empowered through movies.

Participants would be required to conceptualize a story, produce and premiere it within the period to a live TV audience and the winning group will get N10million to produce a feature film.

Already, seven locations are being considered for the camping. They include Obudu Ranch Resort in Cross River State, Federal Capital Territory, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Bayelsa, Kogi and Lagos States.

Seasoned filmmakers will visit the artistes from time to time to give them practical tips on the art and science of filmmaking.

The audition for the show is scheduled for Calabar, Abuja and Lagos.

Interested artistes are to register online at after paying N3,000 to Diamond Bank Plc with the following details: A/C name: 2 ET Media Network, A/C No: 0054324780.

Organiser of the event, Eyaba Emmanuel Tagbo, is a registered member of the Directors Guild of Nigeria.

He studied Theatre and Media Arts at the University of Calabar, Cross River, and has worked with both Hollywood and Nollywood Directors. He was one of the beneficiaries of the capacity-building project of the Federal Government of Nigeria on a training programme to Colorado Film School, United States of America.

He has been involved in several projects on TV, film, events, stage, etc.

He produced and directed for the Nigeria Customs Service the first action series in Nigeria titled The Frontiers. He was the Project Director, Face of Peace Africa Pageant and the COO of Blumoon Imaginationz before setting up 2ET Media Network Limited.

He runs a youth outreach programme in Abuja known as RAW IMPACT which is aimed at empowering the African youth through knowledge. He is also the founder of The Playhouse, a platform for rising and aspiring actors to empower themselves through movies.