Shadrach Mario Joseph is the Director of Amazing Entertainment, a creative group of about 20 youths at Gwandara in Karu LGA, Nasarawa State. They are developing their career in dancing, singing and acting. In this interview, Shadrach speaks about the group’s motivations.
How did you conceive this idea?
I was part of a creative group called the Young Students Institute (YSI) while I was in secondary school. My director then pressured us so much and we were doing well, but after some time, the group went off.
However, I felt we should not leave these talents to waste and so, I began the process of integrating young persons who are passionate about developing their talents. That was how I formed the Amazing Entertainment in 2018.
How does this creative group work?
We are 20 youths doing this scheme and I am the director. We founded this in September 2018 and we marked the anniversary with an event recently. Looking at how we started, I can say we have done well. We have our lesson days and we split into various groups – dancing, singing and acting. Those who have taken dancing as their skills get trained by experts who we often invite.
What challenges does this group have?
The money aspect limited what we set out to achieve when we started. For instance, I have a movie script written by me but we are yet to get sponsors or producers for it. It is a project for Amazing Entertainment and we are making effort to see how we can shoot the full movie.
In the meantime, we have done short clips on movies and comedies and we found that with the right sponsorship, we can do a lot.
We want Nigerians to take a look at this group. We have many young persons who have talent in dancing, acting and singing. We are already having some help but we need sponsorship because these youths have got real talent.
How do you connect with clients?
We have a Facebook account where we post updates about what we do, especially when we get invited to perform at events.
We are also working to create an account on YouTube to circulate our works but we need tools for that. We are working to buy more equipment that can give us high definition visuals that when viewers watch it, they can be impressed and would want to watch more.
For now, we do not charge much because we believe our performance quality has always brought people back. It is a start-up and we are applying that basic principles of bring forth quality rather than pursing the money. When we gain more acceptability, the returns will surely come.
What are the short term plans for this group?
Our vision is to see that we have expanded beyond our present location. During our one year anniversary, we invited rising artistes in the state and from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and it was quite amazing, the crowd the event pulled. So we want to keep that up and go beyond that. Many of our members are in school while others are seeking admission. We want to see that this becomes the path they will focus on while in school.
What is your advice to other youths?
I will advise youths who are home, seeking admission or have even graduated that they should find out what their passion is. If they are closer to our location, they can find us and be part of this creative movement. This is because many youths are now taking of care of themselves because they found their passion.