Nine winners have emerged at the Hi-Life Fest 2018 talent hunt show with cash prizes totaling ₦6.6 million.
The Hi-Life Fest 2018 talent hunt show, which had two categories, namely Igbo highlife music and cultural dance, saw Dons Ifeanyi, a Musician from Anambra State emerged winner in the highlife music category while Umuchiziri dance group led by Chuzzy Anene emerged winner in the cultural dance category. Both winners went home with a cheque of ₦2 million prize money each.
While Dons Ifeanyi was decorated as the Hi-Life Fest 2018 King, the Umuchiziri dance group was also decorated as Life Royalty dance group.
According to Dons Ifeanyi:
“I will establish my musical career with the prize money of ₦2 million.”
According to the organiser, the first runner-up in the highlife music category, Chuks Arthur Uwazie received a cheque of ₦500,000; Kalapi Ojuka, who came third got ₦400,000; while Obiajulu Adachi and Agbom Emanuel received ₦300,000 and ₦200,000 as 4th runner-up and 5th runner-up respectively.
Also, the 2nd runner-up in the cultural dance category, Kanaowo Cultural dance group from Port-Harcourt received a cheque of ₦500,000, while the 3rd runner-up group, Asinodrick Cultural dance group, received ₦400,000.
Uwazie, the 1st runner-up in the highlife music category, who hailed from Owerri in Imo State, commended Nigerian Breweries Plc for organising the competition aimed at giving hope to young and up-coming musicians towards building a brighter music career.
According to Uwazie:
“I am grateful to God for making me a winner that is going home with ₦500,000 today, and to NB Plc, I really duff my hat for you. This is because Nigerian Breweries Plc is the only company I have ever seen in all my life that wants to elevate indigenous young and up-coming musicians. They are so unique.
As we know, there are so many talented musicians out there but nobody is really ready to help them. I appreciate NB Plc for organizing this HiLife Fest talent hunt show.”
Winners promised to invest their prize monies back into their trade, to enable them get more musical instruments to improve their singing careers.
The HiLife Fest traditional music talent hunt started on March 18, 2018 with over 700 contestants who registered and were screened across South-eastern Nigerian cities including, Aba, Port-Harcourt, Asaba, Onitsha, Owerri, Nsukka and Abakaliki.