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In Awka, children’s club showcase talents



IT was a memorable day for some children that came together as a club to showcase their God-given talents.
The event, which took place during the Great Genie Bliss Academy (GGBA) inauguration ceremony held at Olive Hills Event Centre, Awka, attracted about 100 children with different talents and skills, featuring choreography dance, songs, special presentations, drama, cultural dances, unity songs, bible presentation, cutting of cake,among others.
Speaking during the ceremony, the Parish Priest of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Chaplaincy, Nnamdi Azikiwe Univeersity (UNIZIK), Awka, Fabian Ezeh, stressed the need for parents to always support their wards by encouraging them in order to develop their God-given talents.
Rev Fr. Ezeh stated that it is good to discover a child’s potentials on time and nurture them to grow so as to enable them make use of it judiciously.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Art Works, Culture and Tourism; Mr Tony Ezenwaka, pointed out that the mission of the academy is to catch them young so as to identify their characters, talents, skills as well as mould them to attain better status where they will be more useful to the society.
According to him, “we are building a better society for our children and when you start to train and nurture them, you will be sure of the type of society you are looking forward to. As we have seen, the children were displaying various kinds of talents”.
Mr Ezeh confessed that he was attracted by what he saw, adding that the founder of the academy has the initiative and passion to bring up children.
Thus, as a good teacher, she needs to be supported in order to accomplish the task she had set for herself. “You can see the happiness in them.
They like what they are doing because they have been given the opportunity that has not been given to them before and each an every one of them wants to excel. That is the challenge and how to catch them young,” he expressed.
The Permanent Secretary also said, “When you build their confidence, it creates the opportunity to try out hard in order to excel. Everyone have to struggle to make a mark”, adding that the academy is meant to compliment the effort of the state government in developing children for a better society.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the chairman of the occasion, Mr Emmanuel Chukwujekwu Obele, emphasized that why children misbehave sometimes is because they have not been encouraged and supported wisely in what they know best and appealed to parents to always be there for their wards.
Also in her welcome address, the founder and proprietress of the GGBA, Miss Jennifer Ujunwa Okpara, disclosed that the academy is a children club organized with the view of discovering, nurturing, and moulding the talents and creative skills of children to enable them possess the qualities of self-reliance.
Miss Okpara expressed that the academy is the actualisation of a divine mandate to create a forum for children to interact and exchange ideas under the watchful eyes of its management with the motive of catching them young and harnessing all God-given abilities in the area of skills and creativity.
She further disclosed that the academy, which started on April 10, 2018, with a total number of 18 children and three talented teachers had recorded a good number of successful outings which include visitation to orphanage homes, government recommendation, parents’ testimonies on the part of children, improved behaviours, as well as skills, among others.
According to her, “GGBA as children based club is committed to the welfare and protection of a child, preserving the culture that defines them as people bounded in love, courage to uncommonly show strength in determination to succeed through their young generation.
The GGBA boss also used the opportunity to urge parents and guardians to brace up in the task of caring and protecting their children as spelt out in the Child’s Rights Act, which is active in the state, pray for, encourage and support their children in all their good endeavours as there is no sacrifice that is worth their upbringing, urging them to discourage all forms of abuse, exploitations and negligence of any child.
Also in an interview, the mother of the GGBM founder; Mrs Florence Okpara, expressed gratitude for seeing her daughter actualise her dreams, and prayed God to continue giving her more wisdom to go to a greater level.
Expressing her gratitude, Mrs Ogochukwu Nnagbuo, also testified that her child has been in the club for just two month and has really improved both in speeches and boldness.

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