Winner of the Two Million Naira(N2,000,000:00k) grand prize for the Igbo music talent hunt contest tagged; Hi-Life Talent Hunt will emerge on Saturday.
The Nation reports that there will be competition in the music and dance categories in the finals in Enugu.
Competing for the grand prize in the Hi-life music category are Dons Ifeanyi Frank (Anambra), Kalapi Ojuka (Port-Harcourt), Emmanuel Agbom (Delta), Uwazie Chuks Arthur (Imo), and Chinedu Obiajulu Ada-Chi (Enugu)
The traditional dance category will feature Kanaowo Dance group (Port-Harcourt), Noel Cultural Entertainment (Ebonyi), Asinodricks Africa (Imo) and Umuchiziri Egwu Cultural Dance (Enugu).
One of the finalist Ada-Chi said – “I am so glad to be the only woman to make it to the grand finale in the singing category considering the fact that it is a male-dominated activity, I am still here and I hope to clinch the grand prize.”
Enugu will be hoping for one of their own to win the grand prize for them and make the Coal City proud. The locals will be looking to make up for last year’s surprise when Chibest David from Imo (Owerri) made headlines with his victory at the maiden edition of the Fest.
Speaking ahead of the event, Bright Chimezie Said – “All the cities we have been to for the festival has featured very talented artistes. It will be interesting to see who eventually emerges the winner at the grand finale. However, I want to emphasize even more on the unity that this competition represents for the Igbo people and the country at large. Beyond whoever wins, the ultimate goal is to celebrate Igbo culture through highlife music.”
Also speaking ahead of the finals. Portfolio Manager – Mainstream Lager and Stout Brands, Nigerian Breweries, Mr. Emmanuel Agu said, “Hi-life fest is a show of the commitment of Life Continental Lager beer, the Igbo man’s partner in progress, to continue promoting and propagating the beautiful heritage of the Igbo people through highlife music.”
“We understand how much these classic tunes mean to the consumers and are delighted to bring this music fest to them. Seeing all the honed talents, and the beautiful performances at the quarter and semi-final concerts, has been a joy to behold and we look forward to working with the winners in managing their talent and preserving the beautiful highlife culture.” He added.
The Enugu finals of the Hi-Life fest will feature performances from Onyeka Owenu, Phyno, Bright Chimezie, Obiligbo Brothers, Tipsy Kelvano and Chibest David