MEGA KICKS OFF 4TH SEASON WITH PUBLIC VOTING…. BEGINS OCT. 17!
Music & Entertainment Gospel Awards (aka MEGA Awards) was launched to recognize and celebrate outstanding performances and exemplary talents in Nigerian gospel music community. According to a statement released by the awards’ Administrator, Mrs. Iretunde Akintunde-Johnson, “The last three editions held at The Haven Event Centre, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos on Fridays, Nov. 8, 2013, Nov. 14, 2014 and Nov. 20, 2015 respectively. All events were well-received and admirably supported with widespread media coverage.
“The fourth annual event is slated for Sunday, November 20, 2016. This year’s venue has changed from the prestigious Haven, its home for the past three years, to the Alausa, Ikeja-based NECA House.
“Calls for entries was announced in May, 2016, and submission was even extended till mid July. The screening committee and Body of Judges have started work in earnest. he awards’ Body of Judges/Screeners include Revd. Ekpeyong Bassey (Karis Band), Mr. Laolu Akintobi (aka Laolu Akins, ace producer/music advocate), Pastor Paul Tao El-Shaddai (veteran instrumentalist/producer), Evang. Tolu Gaye (ex-A&R Mgr, EMI), Mr. Funmi Onabolu (GMD, Cosse Group), Broda Martyns, Amos McRoy Jegg (recording artistes/ministers), Mr. Muyiwa Majekodunmi (of famed Jazzville/Praiseville concerns); Pastor Uche Chikwendu (youth/music minister), Ms Gloria Rhodes (of Steve Rhodes Voices fame), Pastor Abayomi Oladiji (Regional Coordinator, RCCG Drama), etc.
“MEGA’s first bold statement in 2016 was the successful organisation of its first Winners’ Concert and Dinner Gala. It was a spectacular night of camaraderie and quality music, featuring Kenny K’ore, Eben, Mike Abdul, Cute Sagay, Psalmos, Aimee, Da’son and Ify Chukwu.
Akintunde-Johnson also revealed that “Nigerian lovers of gospel music may soon have the opportunity of voting for their favorite artistes shortlisted in 13 award categories, including artiste and best new artiste of the year, inspirational song, music video, etc. Voting starts on Monday, October 17 on two platforms only: the website of the awards (www.megawards.org) and our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MEGAwards). Voting ends few days before the awards night.”