By Gifty Arthur
One of the two female finalists of this year’s “Mentor VII”, a music reality show by TV3, Roselyn Akosua Mantey, has been crowned winner of the competition last Sunday.
Stage named Akos, one of the Golden Squad contestants from the Ashanti Region, beat five other contestants for the enviable prize, a seven thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢7,000), a Hyndai Accent Saloon car and other consolation prices from the sponsors.
The five others were, Gabby Ansah, Honny Kingsley Theophilus, Charity Decku, Benjamin Kwesi Ashun Cobbina and Tahiru Majeed who all gave Akos a good run for her money at the show’s venue, the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC).
First runner-up went to Gabby who took home six thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢6, 000) and other prizes from sponsors whiles the third prize went to Honni, who received five thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢ 5, 000).
For now, Akos remains the first female to have won the title, after six other editions were won by male contenders, since the competition started in 2006. The young singer who had excelled from the very beginning of the show gave cause for prominent members of the industry like
TV3’s newscaster, Nana Aba Anamoah, to openly campaign for her win.
On the night, Akos who swept the audience on their feet by carrying them along with her anytime she mounted the stage with songs from Celine Dion, Akosua Agyapong etc was known from the beginning she was going to make history that night.
Gabby performed OJ’s Emere Bi Beba, Chairty’s did Wutah PV’s Love of My Life, whiles Honny performance with Kofi Bee. After first round of singing, two finalists Kwesi and Majeed were evicted from the competition based on performance and votes whiles the rest of the four were left to battle it out.
After two other rounds of splendid music performances, which included a performance from Akos who performed with her Mentor gospel singer, Akosua Agyapong, Honni with Kofi Bee, whiles Gabby and Charity performed OJ’s Emere Bi Beba, and Wutah PV’s Love of My Life respectively, judges were ready for the results.
After the two rounds, Judges Mark Okraku Mantey and Dominic Ansah Asare and the Ivorian music legend, Frederic Desire Ehui, popularly called Freddy Meiway, handed over the score sheet to the show’s hostess Babie, who took no time to mention Akos as the eventual winner.
With tears of joy, she thanked everybody, who contributed to her victory and promised Ghanaians to watch out for her in the show business.
This year’s edition, which had a little bit of the Supreme Court petition verdict imbibed in the show, was attended by several dignitaries including, a seven year old, Rosemary Naa Chinery, politicians who all gave their message of peace ahead of the Court verdict.
There were performances from “King of the Street” Kwaw Kesse, Mentor IV winner Michael Kesse Frimpong, and Mentor II runner-up, Joseph Nii Otu Ankrah, Freddy Meiway, SP Kofi Sarpong