Make Use Of Your Talents
Your talent is meaningless unless you use it. Maya Angelou, the late famous American author, poet, playwright, director, stage and screen performer, said "I believe talent is like electricity. We don't understand electricity. We use it." Many personalities are being reckoned with, today, because of their ability to identify their various talents, and make optimal use of them. In Nigeria, for instance, many stars today are great users of their talents. In the area of music, for example, there are popular musicians like: Korede Bello (of the famous hit, 'Godwin'), Davido, Tiwa Savage, Flavour, Timaya, P-square, 2face Idibia, Frank Edwards, Don Jazzy, Wizkid, D'Banj, Patoranking, and so on. These musicians have recorded success because of the use of their talents.
Of great interest is the talent displayed by Professor Laz Ekwueme, a Nigerian musicologist. Professor Ekwueme (born 1936) is a man of many parts. Not only is he a master music composer and producer, he is equally an actor, a scholar, a prolific writer, a singer, a choir conductor, a teacher, and a traditional ruler of high esteem. In fact, he is the first Nigerian professor of music. As a man of diverse interests, he is a professor of speech and drama, a professor of Theatre history, a professor of acting, and also, a professor of music. He believes that continuing in one's profession to the end of one's life should be encouraged. He has imparted positively on the Nigerian nation through his various roles, such as: forming the Laz Ekwueme National Chorale (a highly respected African Choral group); organised the University of Nigeria Choral Society; co-ordinated the Nigerian National Choir at the Black Arts Festival, 'Festac '77'; his Chorale was the choir for the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the 8th All Africa Games, COJA (Abuja 2003); the Laz Music Chorale also featured at the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Abuja, December 2003; actively involved in the Nigerian entertainment industry, and so on. He is judiciously making use of his talents, and this practice is worth emulating.
In the area of comedy in Nigeria, we have comedians like: Basket mouth, Ali Baba, Julius Agwu, Akpororo, Omo Baba, I go Die, l Go Save, Helen Paul, Klint Da Drunk, A.Y., Bovi, Gordons, and so on. They are forces to reckon with. People invite them to make their functions exciting, and they are heavily paid for that. While others are having fun, they are displaying and enjoying their talents, and equally, making fortunes out of such.
The area of video entertainment is equally worth citing. It is now much fun for people to relax in their homes, after the hustle and bustle of the streets, and the tight schedules in the offices, to enjoy themselves, with popular home videos. One of such is Nollywood - Nigeria's movie cinema, and the third largest producer of home movies in the world. One fully appreciates the use of talent of acting/drama by these actors and actresses, most of whom are now multi-millionaires. Their power of entertainment makes their pastures to be greener. The likes of Patience Ozokwor, Genevieve Nnaji, lni Edo, Olu Jacobs, Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie, Kenneth Okonkwo, Mercy Johnson Okojie, among others, are attracting people's attention on the screen. They are telling their success stories now, due to the use of their talents.
Making use of your talent involves constant practice. Someone who practises, whether it is sports or art, or any other field, will always end up more talented than someone who never does. You cannot expect an artist to be wonderful when he never picks up a paint brush to paint. You need to make
your talent real, by challenging yourself to be a master. It needs to be turned into some
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