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Mr. Idem Ita, ‘Double Eye’ of Fad93.1fm Calabar earlier today hosted an interview with the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor, Cross River state on Creative and Knowledge Economy, Honorable Emmanuel Etim and the winners of the Linda Ayade Literary Art and Afi Ekong Visual Art Competition that was recently concluded.

The SSA, introduced the sector that brought about this competition as the Creative Industry which is an industry that covers films, music, literary and visual works, arts, fashion, and lots more to help promote the works of intellectual people in the sector and help them to grow.

He stated that the Linda Ayade Literary Art and Afi Ekong Visual Art Competition was setup to promote education, intellectualism and capacity and also promote the culture and heritage of the stage, hence, they put out the theme “Our Culture, Our Heritage”.

The competition kicked off and after the screening and short-listing from the judges they emerged winners for the different categories which were for:-

Linda Ayade Literary Art, the winners were:

  1. Victoria Ana           –               Prose Category
  2. Ajang Precious       –               Poetry Category

For Afi Ekong Visual Art Competition, the winners were:

  1. Idorenyin Ekpa      –               Photography Category
  2. Peter Eneji               –               Painting Category

With each of them going with the prize of a thousand pounds which will be handed over to them in the Award program happening on the 26th of September, 2019, at Transcorp Hotel by 12.00pm.

Honorable Emmanuel added that this will not be the last of the competition as the Creative Economy are already making plans to go beyond the creative art and visual art sector to plunge into other sub-sectors giving room to support the works of other people that fall under other categories.

Double Eye gave room for the winners to also contribute by sharing their experiences so far.

Victoria Ana, winner of the Prose Category, explained that Literature’s ability to stand the test of time should not be underestimated. And also advised that if one discovers what he/she wants to do and has the gift for it, they should just keep chasing it and keep doing you. She added that literature is fantastic because it gives one the opportunity to change the narrative and paint the kind of world you want to live in.

Ajang Precious, winner of the Poetry Category, expressed his gratitude to God and added that he plans to start publishing some of his works pretty soon.

He also advised all those coming up to continue writing and tend to participate in competitions.

Idongesit Ekpa, winner of the Photography category, also known as Idy disclosed that he intends on setting up the first ever Calabar Photo Carnival in December thereby promoting the rich heritage and culture of the city.

Peter Eneji, winner of the Painting category, on the other hand said he is planning an exhibition that would be happening in December. He also advised that creative geniuses like him should come out because the world wants to see what they have.

The SSA, Honorable Emmanuel Etim concluded by saying that the Creative Industry is the next oil industry in Nigeria, so they should keep watch for more potentials.

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