Meet the 10 contestants who beat 5,000 others to make #GCGT7 finals

2017.06.19

When God’s Children Great Talent (GCGT) Season 7 announced auditions a few months ago, over 5,000 individual from different parts of Nigeria applied.

The applicants showed off their talents to be in with a shot at winning the mouth-watering grand prize of a N250m management deal, N10m cash prize and a brand new car.

And after weeks of auditions, sessions in the boot camp and a keenly contested semi-final show, only 10 contestants qualified for the live television show of GCGT7 grand finale holding this Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos.

Meet the Top 10 finalists as they continue to compete for public votes to win the GCGT Season 7 title.

Damilare Bafunso

Born in Lagos, 19-year-old Dami is a whiz kid on the saxophone who’s currently in his third year of studying Urban and Regional Planning at University of Lagos.

In the last edition of GCGT, Paul had tried entering himself and his sister but ran out of data unfortunately.

But as all things work together for God’s Children, he decided to give it another try this year and today, Damilare is among the 10 finalists contesting for the top prize.

Emmanuel Osahor

The 19-year-old danced so well at the regional auditions that GCGT7 judge, Kaffy even offered to dance with him. The Delta State-born talent has been dancing professionally since he was 15.

When asked what dancing means to him, his response was epic: ‘Dancing is Emmanuel. I say things I can’t really put into words with dance.’

Joseph Odi

Joseph is excellent on the drums and so precise; not missing a beat even with blindfolds.

Though still working on his admission into a higher institution of learning, the Port Harcourt–born drummer says winning the competition will mean the world to him.

Anderson Peter

Peter is just eight years old and in Primary 4. Young but mighty, nothing about the way he handles the saxophone – an instrument that is almost bigger than him – suggests his age.

His mastery of the musical instrument is way beyond his years as he succeeded in blowing the minds of the judges and studio audience from his very first audition to the semi-finals.

Goodluck Enoch

9-year-old Goodluck from Abuja has the combined confidence of 10 superstars and his stage presence belies his young age.

In his own words, ‘While preparing for the semi-finals, I had committed all the activities to the Holy Spirit – the reason for my confidence.’

The rap artiste, who wrote his first song at age five, sees himself winning souls for Christ through the ministration of his rap songs.

Nengi Jaja

Port Harcourt has birthed a star with Nengi! He effortlessly shines at each performance.

The 11-year-old’s strong and smooth vocal range never fails to get the audience on their feet. Some even say his pitch-perfect voice gives a reverberating thrill.

Esther Benyeogo

As a child, Esther’s love for music always got the attention of the neighbours who could hear her sing and shout from the comfort of their homes.

Since discovering her talent at 13, there has been no stopping her. The 19-year-old undergraduate of University of Benin takes on a very different personality when she graces the stage to minister.

Olawonuola Kehinde

She is only in primary 4 but her choreographic skills have left us awestruck at every stage of the GCGT7 competition.

It is no surprise that we have her as a finalist. Right from her audition, Olawonuola showed the charm and grace of a professional dancer.

Sophia Albert

You will never meet a more self-aware 10-year-old than Sophia Albert.

Her parents discovered Sophia’s gift of Spoken Word when she was only four years old.

Following her progress in the competition, Sophia has continued to amaze the audience with her excellent use of words and presence during performances.

She cites the Holy Spirit, Word of God and her pastor, Chris Oyakhilome, as her best positive influences.

Deborah Oladipupo

Deborah is the only female drummer to come this far in the competition. The Lagos-born contestant who resides in Ibadan with her parents went from feeling out of place as a female drummer to recognizing her gift is an asset.

When Deborah was faced with a challenge within the competition, she relied on grace, resilience and hope to get through, and she is grateful for not quitting.

Having met the finalists, don’t miss the live television finals of God’s Children Great Talent Season 7 which will broadcast on HIPTV 6pm – 8pm, Dove TV 6pm – 8pm and Wazobia Max TV 6pm – 8pm on Saturday 24th June 2017.

God’s Children Great talent (GCGT) is Africa’s Biggest Youth Talent Competition. An initiative by City of David Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in partnership with The How Foundation continues to identify and celebrate talents in children and young adults from age 5 to 20 years.

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