Kenneth Ekhuemelo, the inaugural winner of Hymnodia, a reality television show in which participants sang hymns and worship, has been presented with a brand-new car, the star prize.
The presentation held penultimate Sunday at the All Saints (Army Headquarter) Cathedral, Abalti Barracks, Surulere, Lagos, on Sunday, where Ekhuemelo, the bassofundo, is an organist.
The managing Director of Philosoville, initiator of Hymnodia, Kufre Ekanem, said the reality show redefined the art of worship and it was wise to bring the car to the church.
Rev. (Col.) Bante Kauche, Director, Chaplain Services, Nigerian Army, commended Ekanem for the initiative. Also, Rev. (Major) Baba David, Vicar General of All Saints (Army Headquarter) Cathedral, said Ekanem has taken hymns rendition beyond the ordinary and prayed God to strengthen him in order to sustain the programme.
“I am highly elated because a member of this church emerged the winner and prayed for him to be fortified with the Grace to continue in this stride,” he said.
Receiving the car prize, Ekhuemelo thanked the initiator of Hymnodia.
“I am very delighted to receive the car and it came as a surprise to me to see it being delivered at the church today,” he said.
“I see this as a divine blessing from God and I really appreciate Hymnodia. At the Hymnstitute, I boosted my talent through teachings on the fundamentals of hymns writing and singing.”
Hymnodia was flagged-off with a 30-member choir last December at the Ikeja City Mall, Lagos. Live audition for over 200 shortlisted candidates from over 1,500 applications was held at the Lagos Television (LTV8), where 14 hymntestants (contestants) were selected to the Hymnstitute for a 14-week show.