By Jonathan Ugbal Follow @NaijaJonathan
A total of 85 applications were made by contestants in the maiden editions of the Linda Ayade literary art and Afi Ekong visual arts competition a statement from the Cross River State Government says.
“Entries for the Linda Ayade literary art competition closed 12 midnight on the 28th day of February 2018 with 21 entries recorded,” read a statement signed by Mr. Emmanuel Etim, the Senior Special Adviser on creative and knowledge economy issued to CrossRiverWatch on Thursday in Calabar.
The statement added that: “Also, entries for the Afi Ekong visual arts competition closed 12 midnight on the 28th day of February 2018 with 64 entries recorded.”
The next step will see contestants share their work in social media soliciting for the most reaction which will serve as the first elimination round.
“The entries will be published on the official Facebook page of the competition at a later date with those who made the entries directed to campaign for the most reactions on the post containing their intellectual property.
“This will serve as an elimination round as those with the most reactions will scale through and a panel of independent adjudicators will announce the winner after a careful study of the submitted intellectual property and how it relates with the theme,” the statement read.
An earlier statement from the department said that the competitions are aimed at developing the creative industry in the state as well as promoting young talents.
The literary art competition is “a deliberate attempt to break the seeming centralization of Nigerian literature at Lagos. We believe this decentralization is essential to expanding the depth of the literature Nigeria produces and grow the understanding and appreciation of both poetry and prose by Cross Riverians and its residents,” read the statement.
It also added that the competition is in two categories; Poetry and Prose, which are subdivided into Junior and Open categories with the Junior reserved for those in Secondary School and below while the Open is for those with school certificate and above.
On the visual art competition, the statement said that the competition aims to “reveal and promote talented artists; amateur or professionals who are the best at what they do and can fly the Cross River State flag with their work. Its function is to discover artists either with raw talents or refined with no limits on age but resident in Cross River or resident anywhere in the world but from the state.”
Divided into painting and photography categories, the sub categories are same as in the literary art competition.
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