BET Africa (DStv channel 129) is opening up the industry this year with a gospel talent search in South Africa and Nigeria scouting the next best and biggest local gospel singer to join BET in the USA for the production of the ninth season of Sunday Best Gospel music show.
This year, BET Africa is travelling between South Africa and Nigeria in the hopes of finding angelic gospel voices who will be selected to participate in the show, with all expenses paid, from 15 April to 15 May this year. Contestants will be part of the top 20 gospel stars from around the world competing for the top prize.
The Nigerian auditions took place at Harbour Point, Victoria Island on Friday, 29 March from 08:00 WAT.
Here thousands faced local celebrity judges including award winning gospel artists, Nikki Laoye, Segun Obe along with songwriter & record producer, Rotimi Keys who will select the next big gospel sensation.
This is the second time BET would be giving one lucky Nigerian a chance to represent Africa on the Sunday Best Stage.
In 2009, The Lagos auditions was hosted by multiple Grammy award winner, Kirk Franklin with the judges, Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burell and UK based Nigerian-born singer, Muyiwa Olarewaju at Eko Hotel, Lagos. Other preliminary judges for the edition included Nigerian gospel artists, Nikki Laoye & Lara George.
Talented Nigerian singer, Priscilla Bello emerged the winning contestant but couldn’t make the trip to the states for the competition due to travel issues and was substituted with the 1st runner up, Funmi Oduyemi, who sadly didn’t make it beyond the first round of the competition. Funny irony, Priscilla is now a recording artist based in the United States with her husband.
The wheels of time have turned and it’s now 2019, a new decade, a new opportunity for the new Nigerian representative who is ready to shine the light from Africa to the world.
Who will be the chosen one? For more information on Sunday Best, visit www.betafrica.tv, Follow @bet_africa or join the conversation using the hashtag #SundayBestAfrica
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