Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has charged Benue Artistes to be hardworking, committed and persevere in the midst of challenges they may encounter in the cause of pursuing their careers.
Ortom gave the charge Tuesday, December 28th, 2021 at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi when he hosted Benue Artistes to a Christmas celebration.
He stated that for those who had gone out of the state with the hope of developing their musical talents, only perseverance, commitment and hard work will see them through, pointing out that “nothing good comes easy.”
The governor said the event was put together to appreciate and encourage the artistes, stressing that he is aware of their travails especially in the diaspora.
According to the governor, by next year when the State Executive Council is fully reconstituted, programmes will be evolved to support and encourage artistes to excel in their careers.
The governor stated that before the end of his second tenure, his administration will organize a musical concert for the artistes which will also feature the likes of Innocent Idiba, aka 2face Idibia among other stars.
During the event, Ortom also received prizes won by the Benue State Arts Council at the 34th edition of the National Festival for Arts and Culture, NAFEST, held in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State.
He pledged his administration’s resolve to provide a befitting bus to the Arts Council and employment of more personnel, stressing that a new commissioner in the Ministry will initiate the processes.
Prominent artistes who performed at the event included Od Woods, Francis Atela, Mark Owi, Pastor Nicodemus, Nobvee, TK Swag, MC Smart as well as Magnito, Rapizo among others.