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News » 2018 I can sing gospel music ends hilariously… Udochukwu steals show, claims N

Tue Sep 18 2018 - VEN. CHUKWUEBUKA CHUKWUEMEKA

The 2018 edition of I can sing gospel music talent hunt held at the Cathedral Church of St. Andrew Amichi has ended with Master Okereke Udochukwu from Ndikelionwu community in Orumba North LGA emerging the overall winner and coasted home with the sum of one hundred fifty thousand Naira. The second position was snatched by Mr. Onyebuchi Okonkwo from Umueze-Anam Anambra West LGA emerged the second position smiling home with the sum of one hundred thousand Naira while Ifeanyi Umeh from Igbo-ukwu town in Aguata LGA pocketed Seventy thousand Naira, having placed third in the contest. There were consolation prizes for the participants especially those who reached the final stage. The Chairman of the ceremony and immediate past chairman of the Orumba North council area of the state Arc. Emeka Oforka, in his short remarks, expressed delight for the institution of the yearly event in the diocese. He eulogized Bishop Ikeakor and wife for their continued support and prayerful wishes for the sustenance of the programme, which he described as a venture worthy of praise. To the convener and initiator, Ven. Chukwuebuka Chukwuemeka, Hon. Aforka paid glowing tributes for his vision and love for God’s work. According to him, I can sing gospel music talent hunts is one of many ways of worshiping God via gospel music and invited others to support the vision of the convener/initiator. “I was inspired and I was really inspired”, he said noting that not everybody that has a talent could identify and explore it. He extolled the participants for their efforts and promised to be coming for the event if he is invited. The final round of contest at the 2018 edition paraded at a total of thirteen contestants after the elimination exercise. Only six contestants engaged in what could best be described as a fight to finish, out of which 1st, 2nd, and 3rd positions emerged. Also, Prof Sir Ugochukwu Nzewi who expressed delight for the institution of I can sing gospel music in the diocese, commended the initiator, Ven. Chukwuebuka Chukwuemeka for his visionary act. He stressed the need for its sustenance even as he called for both moral and financial assistance from public-spirited individuals to keep it afloat. He said the effort is commendable just as others present, lauded the initiator for his pioneering efforts geared towards nurturing the youths to become not only useful for themselves but invaluable to the society. In a keynote address, the initiator, Ven. Chukwuebuka Chukwuemeka underscored the need for its sustenance so as to prepare youths for greater tomorrow. He took out time to appreciate the Anglican Bishop of Amichi Rt. Rev. Ephraim and wife, Dame Nkem Ikeakor for approving and supporting the I can sing gospel music talent hunt in his diocese, saying that he is greatly indebted to them for their cooperation, even as he prayed God to be with them always. He also thanked all who have contributed to make his invention a reality and prayed for God’s continual guidance and help.