Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Maltina commended for Identifying Young Talents

Since the discovery of Ukalina Opuwari - whose family, the Opuwari family won Season Two of Maltina Dance All (MDA) - the Maltina brand has been in constant search for raw talents, 25 of whom were promising talents discovered at the just concluded Maltina Dance All season seven regional auditions dubbed “The Evolution” - which took place across some major cities in Nigeria.  Ukalina, it would be recalled, later became the first Nigerian female to be certified in Latin/ballroom by the IDSF/IDAT in Beirut Lebanon and one of the judges at the auditions.

Since the discovery of Ukalina, more talents have been thrown up by the Maltina Dance All reality TV show. Following this, Consumers have commended the brand for providing the platform that led to discovering the likes of Lemmy Adejoh, Opus Green and others who all have the potentials of dancing on the world stage. At the Lagos audition, eight promising dancing talents - Blessing Ekpo 21, Gloria Idundun 24, Promise Enweribe 23, Peter James 22, Aniebet Emmanuel 22, Emmanuel Ibeotuche 21, Jackson Obinna 23 and Ekwerre Elijah 24- were identified and selected.

Promise Enweribe, an undergraduate and one of the qualifiers that demonstrated raw talents and was selected revealed that over the past four years, Maltina has motivated him and his friends to work extremely hard, two of them eventually made it this year. “For four years now my friends and I have been working tirelessly to stand a chance to feature in the Maltina Dance All show. We enrolled at a dancing school practicing and learning dance styles, we also spend most of our time in the gym to be in good shape. I am extremely happy that today all my efforts have paid off and I was selected”.

Aniebet Emmanuel a Business Management student of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Peter James, a polytechnic student and Gloria Idundun, a 24 year old make-up artist also made it to the last eight. They were commended for having the potentials of entering the Maltina dance academy. Aniebet said thousands of contestants come every year to stand a chance of entering the academy, but they never make it.  “I always knew that if I am to stand a chance at all, I would have to work very hard, which I did and I was selected”.

Although a professional dancer, it took Peter James three years of spirited efforts to be selected which points to the highly competitive nature of the MDA. These and other talents from other regions would now be groomed, and who knows, a potential Ukalina may already be in the works.

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