Reality show Hymnodia has been unveiled at an event at Ikeja City Mall in Lagos, where visitors were treated to renditions of hymns.
The aim of the show is to prepare talented singers so they can join a world-class choir that will perform soul-lifting hymns all ages.
Kufre Ekanem, MD of Philosoville, the company behind the show, said: “It is an initiative of nurturing talents in rendition of hymns, which are inspirational and tells the values that redefines our perception and belief.
“It is also designed to redefine the perception on hymns and reposition the minds of Nigerians on the almost forgotten art and value of hymn creation, writing and singing.”
Anyone interested in participating should download and complete the ‘Hymntestants’ application form here and return a scanned copy to [email protected].
They should also record a 60-second video of themselves singing hymns and post it on social media or a website using the hashtag #hymnodiahq. Shortlisted participants will then be auditioned.
The series, intended to be an annual event, will run for 13 weeks before the winner is declared at the grand finale on April 21. They will be rewarded with a specially designed trophy, a new car and cash prize of N5m (US$13.750).
The channels that will air the show have not yet been disclosed.
The top prize in reality singing show Hymnodia has been awarded to Kenneth Ekhuemelo, who beat 13 other participants.
Kenneth took home the specially designed top award, known as the prize of the Asaph.
The grand finale took place at the MUSON Centre in Lagos last week, when the ‘hymntestants’ displayed their talents in various hymn and worship renditions.
Kenneth said: “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.”
Music director and judge Sunday Olawuwo told him: “l must confess, you added fuel to the stage that has already been set on fire.”
In addition to the Asaph award, Kenneth also received a cash reward of N5m, a new car and an award for Best in Arrangements.
Olumide, Mobolanle Oladimeji, Abigael Nnadi and Rachael Darley came second, third, fourth and fifth respectively.
Recipients of other awards include Uduakobong Akpan Jnr for the Most Improved Male, Jemine Edukugho as Most Improved Female, and Dada received two awards: the Most Consistent in Performances and Best Behaved Male. Nnadi received the Best Behaved Female, while Oladimeji secured the Most Prolific in Hymnwriting.
Fourteen contestants have been chosen to take part in reality singing show Hymnodia.
The LTV competition series puts participants’ hymn-singing skills to the test, offering them the chance to win N5m (US$13,775), a car and a specially designed award known as the prize of the Asaph.
Referred to as ‘hymntestants,’ the participants were selected from among 1,500 hopefuls by a panel of judges. These included singer, vocal coach and songwriter Dupe Ige Kachi, who said: “I have heard voices that do classical and contemporary rendition of hymns, and it would be fun to see how these voices come together to play out in the Hymnstitute.”
Fellow judge Seun Owoaje, a pianist and composer, added: “I see potential in the contestants and l commend the initiator for taking the bull by the horn to nurture talent.”
On air now, the 13-week programme is being broadcast for one hour every Sunday on LTV on channel 256 on DStv, channel 90 on GOtv and channel 118 on Startimes from 12.30. It is also streamed live on the LTV app.