Liberia may not be represented at this year's Next Movie Star competition if the government of Liberia and philanthropic Liberians do not help to provide A ONE WAY TICKET and other requirements for the young Actor who has been nominated to represent the country.
Late auditions and costly flight tickets stand to hamper Liberia's representation at an Acting Competition which draws ten countries into a battle of the fittest from across Africa, a competition which was won by a young Liberian, Avenette Sirleaf, AKA Queen V in 2008.
Queen V, a multi-talented Liberian artist, had her skills and values brought to the international limelight as a result of the Next Movie Star competition in which she proudly represented Liberia, returning with the laurels that later propelled her (and ofcourse the country) to higher height.
Another chance has unfolded itself for the country's struggling acting industry to uplifted, but that is only if urgent help can come for the young Liberian man who has been tipped for the continental competition.
The Next Movie Star Africa competition is an Acting competition organized by the Digital Interactive Media that seeks to groom, polish and unveil the next big movie super star in Africa each year and Esau O. Dahnsaw is Liberia's representative this year.
According to the organizers, due to the hike in the prices of plane tickets, contestants from the ten countries represented are to arrive in Nigeria on a one way ticket as the organizers will provide the accommodation, feeding, medical and dental as well as feeding and a return ticket after the competition is over.
This year's competition which has been tagged Live Your Dream still features ten countries including Liberia. With its Liberia auditions held in Monrovia over the weekend, a bright Liberian son of the soil, Esau O. Dahnsaw, 30-from Grand Bassa County-emerged as the best among all who showed up to fight for a chance to represent the Republic of Liberia at the prestigious starship academy in Nigeria.
Dahnsaw was emailed his nomination details which includes a hectic task of travelling to Nigeria on or before 9th November 2014 on a one way ticket purchased by him or his team (Liberians) as the organizers will provide the return ticket after the competition.
That is not just all, see below a copy of the nomination email:
Congratulations for being the lone representative of Liberia in this year's Next Movie Star Live Your Dream competition.
You are to arrive in Nigeria on or before 9th November 2014 on A ONE WAY TICKET purchased BY YOU OR YOUR TEAM. The Management of The Next Movie Star Competition will cover the expense of YOUR RETURN TICKET AS AND WHEN DUE.
Due to the 24/7 Television Airing of the Competition, You are to come to Nigeria with some basic items that you will need throughout the duration of the show.
These items includes…
1. Traditional/Native Attire from Liberia
2. 2 Traditional Wrappers
3. Aerobics Shoes (canvas/sneakers)
4. 2 Aerobics Outfits
5. Corporate Outfit
6. 2 Dinner Wear
7. Casual Wear (Tee Shirts/jeans/tops etc
8. Personal Accessories (make up kit/Jewelry etc
9. Bathroom Slippers
10. Toiletries (soap/sponge/perfumes) enough for 2 months
11. Night Wear/Pyjamas
12. 4 Rehearsal Wears
14. Different Profession Costumes (Doctor/Lawyer/Factory Worker/Halloween/Doctor, etc)
15. 1 Big Box and a Ghana must go Bag.
16. A Comprehensive Medical Report (Ailments/Allergies.
17. A 3 Minute detailed Video Profile Story from birth to date/family tree/School/ Touchpoints/Lifestyle/Relaxation Spots.
18. Photo Shoot sent via email.
19. If You are still with Your Parents, Parents/Guardians Consent Letter attached with a referees identification either of the following (International Passport/Drivers License/National I'd).
DUE TO THE EBOLA VIRUS, ALL THE ABOVE ITEMS MUST BE BRAND NEW.
Note that all these items are expedient for you to have a successful stay in Nigeria during the Next Movie Star Africa LIVE YOUR DREAM competition.
In another development, this is to inform you that apart from these items, You are expected to design an Ankara fabric that will depict where you are coming from.
CAUTION:::: from the Murtala Mohamed International Airport, you will be taken strictly by Our Agents to Your Hotel and will be provided NO TIME to go shopping., so buy all you need before boarding your flight to Nigeria. Congratulations once again as we look forward to your arrival.
Liberia is blessed with an immense amount of talent as proven by the nominee's own contribution to the Nation during this Ebola crisis. Esau teamed up with musician Emma Smith and created an awareness music video titled PROTECT US FROM EBOLA, which is still being played on local television stations as a means of awareness against the deadly Ebola virus.
Not just that, Esau also teamed up with his fellow Liberian Actors and shot a 30 minute long Ebola awareness movie which is still being played on local television channels in Liberia as well as on Satcon network.
Such a worthy son of the Republic deserves nothing less from his own government and people in getting all he needs to showcase Liberian talents, heritage, Arts and Culture in a competition involving South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda and Liberia.
In such an ambassadorial role he has beeen nominate to play on behalf of the republic of Liberia, we urge goodwill Liberians and those residing in Liberia and the government and local and international non-governmental organizations to please, extend a helping hand to a Liberian youth with a dream and career.
The winner of the competition carts home a brand new car, movie contracts, a flat for one year, a whooping sum of $5,000 cash prize, an all expenses paid to trip to a European country and attendance of a major film festival in Europe. Other housemates are expected to go home with N10 million worth of prizes.
Liberia won this competition before and we can do it again to prove to the world that we can rise above every difficulty and emerger victorious in every sphere of societal engagement.