Renowned music awards producer, Femi Akintunde-Johnson has announced his plans to hold the maiden edition of the gospel music award in Nigeria called, Music and Entertainment Gospel Awards(aka mega awards).
FAJ as he is fondly called who has been missing in action for over twelve years said, the desire to return to the centre became irresistible after he watched the scene and realised the time had come to intervene again.
According to him,”After twelve years watching the scene and advising others quietly, we have now been convinced that the time is right to intervene again.”
He said, in recent years, gospel music in Nigeria has witnessed a phenomenal surge in popularity, participation and investment. “Our gospellers continue to command admirable followership amongst millions of adherents and ordinary music lovers across the globe.”
“Of course, we are all witnesses to the magnetic appeal of great awards in advanced societies and their remarkable impact in the lives and businesses of their practitioners.
“In Nigeria, in spite of her huge population and massive army of gospel musicians, there is little or no pronounced reward system on ground to uplift and propel our artistes to greater heights. Thus the need to introduce a respectable, reliable and inspiring annual award has become very critical.”
To be organised under the aegis of Gospel Musicians Association of Nigeria, top players in the entertainment industries such as Azuh Arinze, Amaka Igwe, Yemi Sodimu, Dele Dele-Olukoju and gospel singer, Timi Osikoya are among those in the organising committee of the award ceremony.
The maiden edition of the award is scheduled to hold on November 9, 2013. It is produced by Footprints Ventures, an event management outfit, and fully endorsed by Evang. Timi Orokoya Telemi-led Gospel Musicians’s Association of Nigeria.
FAJ, who had been involved in the creation and coordination of awards that include FMA, THEMA, AMEN and Reel Awards, notes that it is this wealth and those of others that is being invested in the project.
Some of the categories of the awards are Artist Of The Year, CD of the Year, Video of the Year, Song of the Year, Choir of the Year, Male/Female Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary Gospel of the Year, Movie of the Year and Reporter/Presenter of the Year
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