Akwa Ibom State born Happiness Udodang wins 'Heroes: Back To The Roots' reality TV show.
'Heroes: Back To The Roots' is a reality TV show aimed at promoting peaceful co-existence amongst ethnic nationalities in Nigeria to better understand one another.
Kindled by the dwindling fortunes of Nigeria’s very rich cultural heritage, a creative mind, Chinyere Ogbukagu, arrived at a concept of using television to engender the cultural values of the various ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.
After a meeting with Nollywood director, Ifeanyi Onyeabor, the idea took flight, and metamorphosed into what is today known as 'Heroes: Back To The Roots'.
Entry for 'Heroes: Back To The Roots' starts with obtaining the form, followed by auditions in the 6 geo-political zones, where applicants are first screened for eligibility by the panel drawn from the arts community.
In 2014, after 104 days traversing many states, the first batch of contestants were admitted for a 10 day orientation exercise in Kaduna, from where they moved to Plateau for another 10 days which pruned the contestants down to 37.
Following the pruning, the 37 moved into a camp in Niger State where after 60 days, the activities which aired on NTA produced the following winners:
First Position: Happiness Udodang (Akwa Ibom State)
First Runner-up: Luter Emmanuel Ikyobo (Benue State)
Second Runner-up: Chelsea Chineye Oguejiofor (Anambra State)
The 2014 edition of show also honoured individuals and institutions that have contributed to a better understanding of cultural legacies in Nigeria, with great emphasis on cultural tolerance.
Some of those recognized include;
Best Supporting Governor: Babangida Aliyu (Niger State).
Best Governor: Godswill Akpabio ( Akwa Ibom State)
Cleanest State: Cross River State
Most Culture Friendly State: Niger State
Prizes awarded to the ultimate winner, Happiness Udodang, include a car, N2M, a role in a film that will be shot with the 10 finalists of the show.
The other winners went away with N1.5M and N1M respectively alongside roles in the film. They will also be undertaking many projects in line with the preservation of Nigeria’s culture during their tenure.