Message of Peace All Around As New Vision Africa Icons Emerge in Abia
Bishop Onuoha Says there'll Be No Development Without Peace
The imperative for peace to reign in Nigeria echoed at the 2023 edition of the Vision Africa Icons, a talent hunt project of the faith based organisation, which spreads God’s love via its radio station, 104.1 FM in Umuahia.
With “Let there be peace” as the theme for this year’s event, the message of peace filled the air through speeches and songs at the colourful event held at the Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia on Sunday November 19, 2023.
The 10 contestants that qualified for the final vied for the coveted crown by displaying their talents for singing and stage performance to the admiration of the audience and the scrutiny of the three-member panel of judges.
At the end of the keenly contested displays, a 15 year old girl, Mary Joseph from Amanato Ihite Orlu dusted the other nine contestants to emerge the 10th Vision Africa Icon.
The new Vision Africa Icon, who is SS 3 student of Queen of Peace Girls Secondary School, Umueze Ehime Mbano in Imo State, happened to be the youngest in age and smallest in size among the contestants.
But she outperformed her rivals and won the hearts of not only the judges but the audience hence when Contestant No. 10, Mary Joseph, was announces as the winner, the audience erupted in rapturous ovation.
For her efforts, Mary was rewarded with a handsome cash prize and recording deal. The first, second and third runners-up also won cash prizes while popular gospel artiste and minister, Buchi Atuonwu promised them recording deals.
President of Vision Africa, Bishop Sunday Onuoha, in his remarks said that the theme of this year’s contest was poignant because of the situation in many parts of the world today where wars and strifes have taken centre stage.
He noted that here in Abia State peace has come to stay and the people are happy that new things are beginning to happen in the governance of the state hence the need for sustained peace and stability.
“When there’s peace, there’ll be development. When there’s peace, investors will come,” he said, adding, “we want to tell the world, we are enjoying peace in Abia State.”
Hon Amobi Ogah, who represents Umunneochi/Isuikwuato federal constituency in the House of Representatives, re-echoed the call for sustained peace, saying that God has already brought peace to Abia with the emergence of Dr Alex Otti as governor.
The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Pastor Caleb Ajagba declared that “a new Abia is here” and no one would be left out in benefitting from the new impactful governance.
The CoS, who represented Governor Alex Otti, lauded Bishop Onuoha for his initiative to help youths discover their hidden talents and put them to good use.
“It takes a man of great vision and passion to do what Bishop Onuoha is doing,” he said, adding that identifying the potentials in youths “is in line with God’s purpose” for them.
He pledged sustained cooperation and support of the state government for Vision Africa Icons project to continue discovering new talents thereby helping youths attain their potentials.
Earlier the chairman of Abia State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN), Rev Ojoh Ojoh Uduma, who chaired the event, called for total support for Bishop Onuoha.
He stated that with the needed support, the Methodist Bishop would continue to use the Vision Africa Icons project to harvest talents, praise God and educate the people.