Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Youth Empowerment Project

As a foremost non-governmental creative arts and literary organization in Nigeria. Our goals are targeted towards directing youths and the youthful to constructive and momentous usage of their God-given talents in all facets of creativity. We encourage them to shun vices like violence, thuggery, and gangsterism in our immediate community and the whole of Africa through a constructive, wholesome engagement of the arts.

Based on the success of our first project tagged: “Poetry Potter”, Kowry Kreations Media has decided to roll out an entirely new and unique concept titled: “Youth Empowerment Project.” We intend, through this concept, to showcase and empower youths who are basically doing well in their chosen careers, seasonally within the shores of Nigeria in particular, and the African continent at large. And this concept will be done through series of events such as Fashion Show, Arts Exhibition, Musical Concert, TV Reality Show amongst others.

It’s obvious that African youths have continually yearned to go abroad where individual skills dictate the rules of discovery. Thus, after being discovered, a large percent of them end up naturalizing as citizens of other countries. This was their platform for career projection in the twentieth century and the race is been accelerated in this twenty-first century.

Our submission in Kowry Kreations Media, as an African-oriented organization is that if the African continent must progress or perhaps join the league of developed continents, individualism which is the thrust of the Black African arts must be explored and exploited. This is because arts depend solely on individualism, flair and eccentricity.

For the maiden edition, we have chosen three young talented, dynamic and unlimited creative Fashion Designers, to give life to the theme: “Showcasing: The New Breed of Fashion Designers.” This show promises to present excitingly peculiar new styles of clothing for both sexes.

Quarterly Workshop: Paper / Drama presentation

This concept was developed from a play written by a young and renowned playwright Lekan Balogun who wrote a play (titled: The Olive Branch) out of the poetry collection (titled: Drummer Boy) as written Wole Oguntokun, the most vibrant Stage Play Producer in Nigerian.

Taiye Olaniyi, FRC, the Assistant Public Relations Officer of NIPOST, and Bose Afolayan and Rasheed Otun, both lecturers in the English and Creative Arts departments from the University of Lagos respectively, presented papers at our first Quarterly Workshops/Paper/Drama presentation.

About Poetry Potter

Kowry Kreations Media was disturbed by the immorality rapidly ravaging average African children through series of Western oriented programmes being shown on our National Television Stations and Satellite stations. Hence, relegating the African oral literature (orature): poetry, folktale, folklore, folkdance, folksong and several educative cum entertaining African games, to the background.

We sincerely believed that if this sensitive cultural elimination syndrome is handled nonchalantly, sooner than later our cultural capital in all ramifications will be erased and deleted from both historical and mythological archives of humanity. This is the foundation brick of the organization.

Founded in 2005, the organisation commenced operation fully in 2006 with her first project tagged: Poetry Potter. This unique platform was created for poets, storytellers, folksingers, folk-dancers, artists, art promoters, cultural workers and arts journalists, to display their creative ingenuity, free of charge.

Today, Poetry Potter is a monthly event and has won quite the hearts of arts and literary enthusiasts. It is wholly youth-centred and does not alienate adults who are regarded as the reservoir of wisdom from which the younger generation must drink.

Since inception, a section of the project, which is meant for mentoring creative minded youths, has hosted prominent personalities both young and old. These personalities include: Segun Adefila, Steve James, Ayo Arigbabu, Jude Orhorha, Toni Kan, Odia Ofeimun, Dr. Ahmed Yerima, Chief Yemi Adeyemi, Tolu Ogunlesi, Kaine Agary, Wole Oguntokun, Denrele Edun, Charles Ayo Dada, Udo-obong, Miriam Travis, Leslie Carter, Jude Dibia, Tosyn Bucnor, Dayo Liadi amongst other talented and distinguished Nigerians.

Our Objectives

· To re-orientate and educate Africans on the aesthetics of their arts, culture and tradition.

· To correct the wrong notion of the outside world view on African arts and culture.

· To create conducive platforms where the young and old could meet frequently to discuss issues militating against the development of the African heritage and proffer solutions.

· To make African heritage appealing to both Africans at home and in the Diaspora.

· To promote African indigenous languages, through organizing language classes where they will be taught by sound teachers and lecturers.

· To organize literary events at which poetry folktales and folksongs, which were the major educational media in ancient times, will be used as the tools of promoting African heritage, ethics, arts, culture and values.

· To improve the societal standard of the Africans through arts and culture, create and embark on projects which are highly influenced by African arts and culture encapsulated in entertainment and technology for the benefit of both young and old.

· To create a distinction between African arts and culture and other cultures of the world and connect with them where necessary in the area of global civilization.

· To organize cross-cultural activities, that will cut across cultures, ethnicities, tribes and traditions in Nigeria and the African continent at large, for the propagation of cultural understanding.

Our Mission & Vission

Our Mission Statement

Rejuvenation of the lost verve in the African arts, culture, literature and values through series of events and Africa-focused projects, which are highly educative and entertaining in nature. We are also interested in the involvement of African youths in the socio-cultural, economic, and political development of continent.

Our Vision

To provide of opportunities; encouragement, as well as empowerment for the youths who are vibrant and versed in exploring their creative sense to effect positive changes in their immediate environment and entire Black Nations.