The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and pay TV operator StarTimes are preparing a reality show in which participants will receive agricultural training.
Naija Farmer Reality TV Show is being produced in partnership with the Radio, Television, Theatre & Arts Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU) and industry leaders in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development (FMARD), alongside other federal ministries and agencies, the Bank of Agriculture (BOA), the Progressive Governors Forum and the World Bank’s Appeals Project.
In the programme, participants will get training, mentorship and funding, with the aim of creating agricultural business owners – aka ‘agripreneurs.’
Those behind the show, themed ‘Hope4Naija,’ said it would also offer first-class family entertainment and promote African cultural heritage and good moral standards.
Men and women aged between 18 and 35 and with a minimum of an ordinary national diploma can apply via auditions held across the country. A total of 190 people – comprising 80 housemates, 10 non-resident existing farm owners and 100 non-resident trainees – will participate in the show.
Hopefuls can register online or at any branch of BOA, EcoBank or NTA-Star/StarTimes offices nationwide from May 31. To register online, click here.
There will also be guest appearances by music, comedy and Nollywood stars, as well as political and business leaders.
Chigbo Okoli, CEO of the project, said: “The theme of this maiden edition is Hope4Naija, while the second edition will be Joy4Naija, and the project intends to start by spreading a message of hope and returning opportunity back to the streets of Nigeria for the ordinary Nigerian who knows nobody. By the second edition, we shall be celebrating joy in the newfound Nigeria where prosperity thrives.
“A 24-hour dedicated TV channel for the show will soon open on StarTimes.”
RATTWAU national president Kabir Garba-Tsanni added: “All Nigerian youths across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria should embrace this project and take advantage of this opportunity to reclaim the years the locust has eaten and also to recover from the negative effect of Covid-19 on our economy.
“Do not be discouraged by the millions of youths that will be registering for the project, because it is designed to accommodate large numbers. There will be a slight delay for some people, but ultimately everybody who registers will benefit.”