The deputy festival director of Abuja Literary Teen Art Festival (ALIT-TEENFEST22), Ujenyu Joy Sani, has said the creative industry can drive national development if properly harnessed.
She made this known at the 2022 edition of the ALIT-TEENFEST22 held at the weekend, which also featured debate and poetry slam for students in Abuja.
Ujenyu said the purpose of the festival was to encourage artists to pursue their passion and follow their dream, adding that all winners were rewarded with cash prizes and educational materials.
The debate competition titled, “The Struggling Artist” was won by Premier International School, Abuja, while Glorious Destiny Educational Foundation, and Kings Favourite Educational School emerged as first and second runners-up, respectively.
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The teen poetry slam was won by 10-year-old Joy Olanrewaju from Glorious Destiny Educational Foundation who also won the cash prize of N100,000.
The first runner-up, Ogwuche Bella of Jewel Model School and the second runner-up, Abdulrazak Salihu won cash prizes of N50,000 and N30,000, respectively.