Fourteen-year-old Divine Kaponda who lives in Dublin, Ireland, has been declared winner in the Association of Malawians in Ireland (Amai) Kids Got-Talent virtual competition held on the association’s official Facebook page.
Making the announcement in a televised programme, the competition organiser and chair for the entertainment Magga Mateo said Divine was voted by the judges as the top winner for displaying amazing skills in arts, drawings and painting.
“She deserves the top spot in the competition. She has displayed amazing skills. She got talent and that is why we are giving her the top prize to motivate her to work harder,” she said.
Mateo thanked all children who participated in the competition for being outstanding and phenomenal.
She said: “We say thank you all of you who took part in the competition for being outstanding and phenomenal. Let me also pass my gratitude to our sponsors Moto Money for coming in at the right time. As for the judges, Franz Amin, Vida Garmano Michelle Lofts and Diolet Chakwiya, I cannot thank you enough for the amazing job you have done. Amai is so grateful.”
In his words, Amai chairperson Henry Mkumbira Phiri said they came up with the competition to identify skills among Malawian children who live in Ireland.
“As an association, we came up with this competition so as to identify skills among Malawian children who live in Ireland. We will conduct a similar competition next year,” he said.
In her remarks after being declared winner, Divine thanked the association for organising the competition which she said will improve skills among Malawian children in Ireland.
“We are thankful to Amai for coming up with this wonderful competition. This prize will help me to work extra hard and extend my skills. I hope this will also encourage others who have not done well to work hard and improve,” she said.
Divine walked away with 100 Euros (about K100 000) followed by Angelica Khonje who went away with 75 Euros (about K75 000) and three children under the group called Insight Kids (Greatness, Arehana, Narahee and Taqeph). They got 50 Euros (about K50 000). The rest of the 19 participating children got 20 Euros (about K20 000) each for participating.
The Kids Got-Talent virtual competition started on November 6 to November 28 and was sponsored by Moto Money, an online banking app in Ireland.