FLA Rising Stars: Discovering Hidden Talent and Changing Lives

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At Fair Life Africa Foundation, we focus on enriching the lives of the less-privileged. As a result, we meet many people in the course of our work who have powerful and inspirational stories to tell. Last year, we met the young, beautiful and lovely Ibukun, while searching for talented young people to take part in our…

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At Fair Life Africa Foundation, we focus on enriching the lives of the less-privileged. As a result, we meet many people in the course of our work who have powerful and inspirational stories to tell. Last year, we met the young, beautiful and lovely Ibukun, while searching for talented young people to take part in our first ever Talent Search Competition, in partnership with Ultima Limited.

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Ibukun – our new star actress!

Ibukun is a passionate 16-year old lady, who loves acting. She started acting in church and at school, from the age of six. She says she wants to be a playwright or actress in the future. Ibukun’s gift is undeniable, as was confirmed by her trainers at KKA Arts Academy – a talent academy founded and run by esteemed producer and director Kingsley Agubom.

Her spell-binding performances gripped the audience throughout the competition. No one could take their eyes off her. She skilfully incorporated humour and wisdom beyond her years into her performances – all evidence of her rare talent. She also excelled when working within a group, just as she shone during solo performances. Ibukun was one of many exceptional young talents showcased at the competition.

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Another young performer in the Drama category 

Stiff competition aside, Ibukun eventually emerged as one of the six winners of the Fair Life Africa Talent Search, carrying the prize for her category – Drama. This prize comes with five years of sponsorship and support from FLA, in addition to mentorship and training from the KKA Academy. With this support behind Ibukun, we hope to help her achieve and even outperform her already stellar potential.

The Talent Search Competition sought out not only children with talents, but those from less privileged homes.  Ibukun met our criteria for support, as she resides in the impoverished Ajegunle community with her family of six.  Her father sells tyres while her mother is a hairdresser, and their joint income is barely able to keep the children in school.

Ibukun, however, is not limited by her background. She knows that she’s blessed with a gift for the world, and works hard to develop this talent. One day, it will take her places, and her success at the Talent Search competition is only a glimpse into her bright future.

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Ibukun on stage

In fact, Ibukun might not have to wait much longer for that day to arrive. All her hard work is already paying off, as she has already featured in the series ‘Sparkle’, which is currently showing on MITV. The programme airs on Mondays at 8:30pm and Saturdays at 7pm.

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At the young age of 16, Ibukun is also starring in Shallow Mirage, production by KKA Academy which tackles the sensitive issue of teenage pregnancy. The movie premieres on the 27th of November 2016 at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos.

shallow-mirage-poster   Ibukun’s talents don’t stop with acting. She’s also an aspiring poet.  She composed a poem for the production on teenage pregnancy, and will be reading it at the Shallow Mirage premiere.

We invite you to come and witness this rising star! Your support could help us discover many more Ibukuns out there. Let’s help hidden talents find a voice.

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This is a sponsored story from Fair Life Africa Foundation. Learn more about how you can contribute to their efforts to transform children’s lives from Disadvantage to Advantage by visiting their website or emailing them at [email protected].

 

Responses

  1. Ufuomaee
    Thanks Funmi, for this excellent write-up on our work! God bless @thetoolsman and all at TNC for the support you’ve given Fair Life Africa Foundation, through this platform!

    I really hope I will see some of your guys at the National Theatre tomorrow. Red Carpet is from 2pm, show starts at 4pm.

    Cheers, Ufuoma.

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