Kenneth Ekhuemelo (Hymntestant Number 6) has emerged winner of Hymnodia at its Season one grand finale held at the MUSON Centre in Lagos.
Hymnodia is the first-ever reality TV show created around hymns and worship in Nigeria.
In addition to the ASAPH (which is the referred grand prize specially named and designed after King’s david chief musician), the prize for Kenneth Ekhuemelo also included a cash reward of ₦5 million and a brand-new car.
Olumide Dada emerged second place winner and Mobolanle Oladimeji emerged in third place.
“Firstly, l am grateful to God and have to really thank Him for this opportunity to showcase and enhance my talent.
I commend Hymnodia for this great opportunity.
I am also grateful to my family and those that appreciate me.”
The grand finale was a colourful concert of hymns tagged the Hymncert, which ended the 14-week show piece that offered entertainment, education and edification benefits to its continuously growing fan base.
In the stanzas, hymnviction from the show was by public votes after the judges had announced a probation list. Likewise, the finale that produced the winner was via a combination of public votes and judges’ scores audited by the reputable firm of Gbenga Badejo & Co.
The judges were: Dupe Oge-Kachi, Sunday Olawuwo, Onyeka Onwenu, Seun Owoaje and Ajibola Bolaji– Rector and Choirmaster.
Kenneth Ekhuemelo received the award for Best in Arrangements; Uduakobong Akpan Jnr received the Most Improved Male award; Jemine Edukugho Most Improved Female; while Olumide Dada received two awards: the Most Consistent in Performances and Best Behaved Male. Nnadi clinched the Best Behaved Female, while Oladimeji secured the Most Prolific in Hymnwriting.
The Hymncert was enriched with superb ministrations from the Hymnodia Choir, the Mountain Top Chorale, the Lagos Archdiocesan Catholic Church Choir, the Cathedral Church Choir, Marina and the Royal School of Church Music choir for Nigeria.