Africell Sponsors NYGMT Xpo
Africell has sponsored the National Youth Gospel Music Talents (NYGMT) competition Xpo that took place at the Miatta Conference car park on Sunday 3rd February, 2013. The event was organized by Wallo’s Production City.
Africell’s Head of Marketing, Nancy L. Joseph stated that Africell has been supporting several events to transform youths to unearth their talents, especially in music citing the 2009 Africell Super Star with the Le15 million star prize won by Michael Kargbo who is now excelling and realizing his talent.
He continued, “Africell has sponsored several events but this National Youth Gospel Music Talent is one among the best. The event was to entertain, teach and preach the message of God. Furthermore, the gospel music is an African motivational Christian melody that has become a major part of Sierra Leonean music. Minister Dorothy James (Evangel Temple, USA) and Rev. David Mporampora (Uganda) have transformed gospel music in West Africa.”
Nancy L. Joseph further revealed that the Heavenly Gospel Singers, originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina, first came together in Detroit, Michigan during the 1920s when tenor singer Fred Whitmore organized a group of friends into a singing group called the Masonic Glee Club.
She added that the group gradually grew in popularity, securing gigs as far away as Chicago and that at some point; the group changed its name to the Heavenly Gospel Singers.
Nancy L. Joseph further admonished participants not to relent but to emulate Sierra Leonean gospel artistes who have released commendable albums that have created impact in the music industry such as Millicent Rhodes, Ebenezer Vicky Fornah, Pastor Alim and Kwame Ben-Carew, all of whose albums have won several awards.
Wallo’s Production City, Production Director and Event Manager, James Vincent applauded Africell for the support pointing out that most youths with talents lack support to realize their potentials and revealed that the next competition would be a concert.
He further revealed that the competition comprises two segments: group and solo in which the winning group would clinch Le 3 million; an album deal and video clip, second prize Le 1. 5 million, one single track and a video on the solo, third prize Le 1 million, an album deal and a video clip and third prize Le 500,000, one single track and a video.
Six groups participated including Winners Voices; Rhythmic Harmony; Christ Ambassadors; Heaven Breed; Destiny and God’s Combination.
The Christ Ambassadors of Good News Assemblies of God came first and Destiny of Bethel World Outreach Ministry won the second position.
In the solo category, eight people participated including Samuella A. L. Kargbo; Arnold K. Fofanah; Suffiatu R. Kabba; Patricia O. M. Conteh; Phillicia Matturi; Kadison A. Duwai; Francesta S. B. Johnson and Anita Koroma.
Kadison A. Duwai emerged winner while Phillicia Matturi came second.
By A. R. Bedor
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