The SuperSport ‘Follow Ya Mouth’ Pidgin-English commentator search which was recently launched with the aim of discovering passionate individuals who tend to have the ability to run football match commentaries in Pidgin-English language took of with the first of the auditions in the garden city of Port Harcourt.
For about a week to the 23rd & 24th of August 2013; dates for the Port Harcourt auditions of SuperSport ‘Follow Ya Mouth’, information had rented the airwaves whilst the audition train stormed the Garden City announcing the dates, time and venue to all and sundry. As early as 8:00 am of the two day event, talents trickled into The Atrium at Stadium Road, venue of the Port Harcourt auditions in Rivers State for formal registration and accreditation.
Talents from the Garden City and other States were welcomed by popular SuperSport TV presenter Mozez Praiz who explains the mechanics and criteria of the SuperSport ‘Follow Ya Mouth’ search to participants. The panel of judges comprising of veteran Sports-caster Deji Omotoyinbo, Radio On-air Personality Tega Onojaefe and popular Pidgin-English Newscaster, Chinedu Ani was on hand to critique and select the finest talents as they participated in the quest.
Talents from far and beyond took their turns in front of the judges as they make attempts to run Pidgin-English commentaries of selected clips. Some of the contestants that tried out, Frank Obibine-Nduka from Lokoja, Kogi State said “its’ an equal platform that gives amazing experience that one will not forget in a hurry” and Kayode Ojo, a final year Linguistics and Communication student of University of Portharcourt stated that “Follow Ya Mouth is a challenging yet exciting experience that has stimulated my communication intuition for the Pidgin-English language”.
Six people were selected after the two day exercise; they are Edward Kalu, Lucas Ponfa Jeremiah, Jombo Oyinkuro, Benjamin Okenna, Ufuoma Egbamuno and Ben-Wakama Ibimini. “I am so delighted to have qualified from Portharcourt and I promise to give my best at the finals in Lagos.” says Jombo Oyinkuro one of the Portharcourt finalist from Bayelsa State. Remember, the six finalists selected from the Port Harcourt auditions will join their Lagos audition counterparts to spend time in the house where they shall be groomed and tested ahead of the grand finale where the best amongst all will be picked as the official SuperSport Pidgin-English commentator.
SuperSport West Africa Marketing Manager, Chidozie Bede-Nwokoye asserted that “Port Harcourt auditions have confirmed our belief that commentary in Pidgin English will generate another level of interest for the Nigerian local football league, a major drive of super sport