Seventeen year old songstress, Olorunrunsuyi Praise Olukemi, has emerged winner of Season Five of the talent development initiative of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Apapa Family, tagged God’s Children Great Talent (GCGT) after a keenly contested epic finale held at the Expo Hall, Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos May 30, 2015.
Miss Olukemi sang her way to the grand prize of N5million after slugging it out with other contestants who displayed unique talents before a live audience and a panel of renowned performers and judges in both performing and non-performing arts in various categories which include, musical instruments, drawing, poetry, recitation, singing and dancing.
After a painstaking journey which started months ago with over 2000 young people who auditioned, and series of quarter and semi finals events in various Apapa Family parishes in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States of America, 25 finalists emerged and participated at the grand finale.
Aside the grand price of N5million, winners of the different categories namely Ikeriugwu Chibuzor Heny (Age 5 – 6) won N1.5m, Temitayo Victor Kayode (Age 7 – 9) won N1.25m, Emmanuel Naphtali & Destiny Atasi (Age 10 – 12) won N1m, and Kola Ajisimisolaoluwa (Age 13 – 15) won N2m .There were other exciting prizes such as educational trust, talent development packages and musical equipment.
Pastor Idowu Iluyomade, Head of the Apapa Family, said that the vision which underpins the initiative is to engage children/teens in a positive way, using their talents to glorify God and provide a credible platform for the celebration of talents in God’s children. “God’s Children’s Great Talent was borne out of a desire to identify and nurture the diverse talents available in children across the Province. We are delighted that multinational brands such as Cadbury Bournvita, Stanbic IBTC, First bank, Airtel and others have identified with this project,” he added.
The event had ministrations from popular Gospel acts such as Frank Edwards, Sinach, past GCGT winners, Sisan Kpere-Daibo, Sam Ekeh and Egene Great. Other highlights of the programme included the launch of the first single titled “Oh Lord” by one of the 2014 winners, Sisan, produced by Don Jazzy.
This year’s grand finale’s panel of judges included Joke Silva, Sarah Boulous, Dan Forster, Mosa, Ben Ogbeiwi, Wole Oni, Titi Masha, Rachel Kerr and other key personalities.
The event was supported by Cadbury Bournvita, Stanbic IBTC, Airtel, First Bank, RCCG City of David, The Riverbank School, Laterna Books, Alexander Forbes, GCGT Academy, Iluyomade and Iluyomade & Co, Digital Jewels, VDT Communications, Ruff n Tumble, among others.
In her remarks, Pastor Bimbo Ozomah, a Trustee of GCGT Trust and member of the organising team, said: “God’s Children’s Great Talent is a credible platform provided to help identify talents early in children. These talents are then honed for the greater good of the child and the society.”
She added: ‘‘GCGT has set up an academy focused on developing talents of the GCGT Alumni and other talents across the world”. This ensures that there is a structured system to support GCGT talents. The scope of coverage of Season Five of GCGT was expanded to Europe alongside the UK and US-based RCCG Apapa parishes.