Governor Aminu Bello Masari presenting a cheque to one of the winners
The 2022 Katsina National Talent Hunt Competition has closed with winners emerging in four categories of the competition which was organized by the state government.
Muhamadu Muhamamad from ICT category emerged overall winner for producing a high quality graphic cartoon animation depicting traditional Hausa Culture.
He won the star prize of a Honda Accord saloon and N5 million cheque while the runner up, Kabir Abubakar also got a Honda Accord saloon car and N5 million cheque.
The first and second runner-ups in each category also received the sum of N3 million and N1.5 million respectively, out of the over eight hundred youths that exhibited their innovations at the competition.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari also presented consolation prizes of N100,000 each to one hundred other participants, with 25 selected in each category.
The four categories of contestants who participated in the competition are ICT, art and design, automotive modelling as well as Music and Entertainment.
Governor Masari explained that the state government came up with the initiative in order to discover and encourage young talents by supporting them with tools, capital and linkages to develop their talents for the benefit of the state and the country at large.
He urged youths that are endowed with different skills and talents to come forward and exhibit them in subsequent editions of the competition while assuring them of the state government’s readiness to support them.
In his speech, the Director General of the National Automotive Development and Design Council, Malam Jelani Aliyu commended the Katsina State government for coming up with the national talent hunt competition.
He noted that in this 21st Century, the global economy is fast transiting to a knowledge-based system particularly with the evolution of Artificial Intelligence and other breakthroughs in technology.
Reporting by Isma’il Adamu; Editing by Chinasa Ossai