“Disability is not a brave struggle or ‘courage in the face of adversity.’ Disability is an art. It’s an ingenious way to live.” – Neil Marcus.
A musical Television reality show, Special Icon, is scheduled to debut in Nigeria, as the first reality TV show for the physically challenged in West Africa.
According to the organizers, Special Icon is a music television reality competition involving musically gifted individuals who are blind, cripple and/or lame. These contestants (derogatorily called disabled) will be selected to live in a house called “The Conservatoire,” managed by a Director, and various teachers that will groom them in several musical disciplines over a set period.
Once a week, the contestants will face a live studio audience in front of whom they will sing the songs they’ve prepared the week before, as well as recapping their trials in “The Conservatoire.” The live show will often feature special guest stars whom some of the contestants will have an opportunity to sing with. Based on the judges’ verdicts and viewer’s voting, the contestants with the weakest performance are eliminated from “The Conservatoire,” however, he/she would also have benefited from the intensive musical training offered by the program. The eventual winner is awarded a brand new car, record deal and cash prize.
On what inspired the idea, the organizers said, “It is just a need to change lives for good. It is a testimony of what Nigerians can do. We have the best brains and ideas in the world. Novel ideals don’t have to always come from the western world. Special Icon will pass a lot of meaningful messages such as re-orientating the public about special people in our society and also drive home the point that there is ability in disability indeed. Imagine a blind contestant for instance singing on stage with much emotion and passion, …to become a musical super star through this project.”
The Special Icon is open for sponsorship from the government, individuals and corporate organizations.
For more information, contact: Akin 08066996807, Godwin 08125960003, Olumide08051124575.