CNN hosts 13-Year Old Spelling Bee Champ, Others on African Voices


The Glo-sponsored African Voices on Cable News Network (CNN) will this week profile three bourgeoning vocal artistes from Africa.

The 30-minute programme comes up on the CNN at 9.30 a.m. on Friday with repeats on Saturday  at 12.30 a.m.,  4.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. The show will also be aired on Sunday, 5.00 a.m., 9.30 a.m. and 8.30 p.m. with more repeats on Monday and Tuesday at 5.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. respectively.

In a press statement in Lagos on Friday, Globacom stated that viewers across the globe will have the opportunity of seeing a spelling bee winner from Ghana, Shifa Amankwah-Gabbey, a singer from Mpumalanga, South Africa, Pretty Yende, a soprano and dance choreographer, actress, creative director and philanthropist, Sherrie Silver from Rwanda.

AmankwahGabbey emerged winner of National Spelling Bee competition in Ghana in 2018.  A student of Junior High School, Nagie’s Angels Educational Centre in Kumasi, she emerged winner after beating over 150 other spellers from different schools in Ghana. She later represented Ghana in the 91st Scripps Spelling Bee in the United States of America.

Described as a ‘modern fairy-tale’, the second guest, Yende, a native of Piet Retief, Mpumalanga, South Africa, was born in 1985. She was inspired to learn opera at theage of 16, having been motivated by a British Airways TV advertisement.

She later enrolled at the South African College of Music from which she graduated cum laude. She also proceeded to Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy, where she further horned her skills.

With dedication and hardwork, Yende got to the top of the opera world rapidly, performing leading roles at opera houses internationally including La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera in the process.

24-year-old Silver is the mastermind of This is America, the American singer Childish Gambino’s provocative video that has attracted more than 540 million views on YouTube to date.

The successful choreographer who says she is on “a mission to educate the world about African cultures through the art of dance”, is currently promoting investments among rural Africa’s young people through an on-going social media campaign.

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