By Seun Obanla & Abiodun Adejare
Parents, teachers and government have been urged to give children opportunities to showcase their God-given talents.
The parish priest of Mary Queen of Angel’s Catholic church, Akure, Rev. Fr. Valentine Omolakin made this call during the grand finale of the maiden edition of teenagers’ talent hunt show of the Young Catholic Students (YCS) at the weekend.
The clergy said shows like this will help children to be engaged and useful to the society and as well reduce the rate of teenagers involvement in illegal and criminal activities.
The show is to encourage teenagers and instill in them the needed morals and teachings that will prepare them for the next stage of their lives.
One of the judges, Mrs Salami Omotosho urged parents to encourage their children to discover their innate skills that will be very useful in the future and also warned them to avoid doing or say anything that will discourage them from showing their skills.
She said it is the desire of the church to be involved in the spiritual growth of children as well as supporting their parents to prepare their wards for the next stage of their lives.
She noted that what prompted the coordinators of the Young Catholic Students to bring up the show is to help the teenagers discover their innate abilities and help them nurture these under the guidance of their parents and the church.
The winner of the talent hunt in an interview with Entertainment Hope, said he was happy to win the show and advised his peers to develop their talents and show it to the world.
Winner of the hunt got N30,000 cash, runner up got N10,000 and the second runner up got N5,000, while certificates were given to participants.