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It’s now Unima Got Talent show

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It all started with the Chanco Got Talent last year where students from University of Malawi – Chancellor College (Chanco) battled it out showcasing different talents.

But at the end of it all dancing group Motion of Movement came out victors claiming K500,000 top prize.

Now Lens Arts, which spearheaded the competition in partnership with Times Group through Times Television and other partners such as FDH Bank, has expanded the contest to reach out to other University of Malawi constituent colleges.

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And so this year comes University of Malawi (Unima) Got Talent which will see the winner walk away with K1 million and other prizes. Apart from Chanco, the other colleges joining the race for now are Polytechnic and College of Medicine.

The auditions start this Saturday at Polytechnic in Blantyre.

Lens Arts Team Leader Louis Belekanyama said yesterday that they were excited with the Unima Got Talent and that they are looking at nothing but the best once again having successfully run the Chanco Got Talent.

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“It’s a pleasure that we are partnering Times Group through Times Television on this project and we value the sponsorship from Airtel Malawi. Expectations are high and we hope to deliver a competitive and trendsetting show,” said Belekanyama.

He added that they have also partnered Unima, Bowler Beverage, Mango Lodge in Zomba, Premier Bus Company and Nzika Arts among others.

“We have involved entertainment committees in all the three colleges to help run the respective shows and other logistics on the ground,” he said.

Belekanyama said Lens Arts is a student organisation from Chanco which was created on the back of trying to appreciate talent in Malawi.

He said last year they struggled to keep logistics running and that the event went way up due to individual sacrifices in terms of funding and that they had to do with conflicting school schedules.

Belekanyama said the Chanco Got Talent laid the foundation for them and that now people should brace the best as they will be running Unima Got Talent with some experience.

Close to 30 contestants with different talents from singing, dancing poetry and drama participated in the Chanco Got Talent with 20 making it to the show.

Times Group Chief Commercial Manager Dumisani Ngulube said they were enthused to roll out Unima Got Talent in partnership with Lens Arts and Airtel Malawi.

“We own the rights of “Malawi’s Got Talent.” Partnering with the colleges on Unima Got Talent was therefore a natural progression towards the ultimate “Malawi’s Got Talent,” said Ngulube.

He added:

“We would like to thank Airtel Malawi for its commitment in watering and nurturing talent. In Unima Got Talent the target is Chanco, Polytechnic and College of Medicine and we have also incorporated Catholic University and Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) for this contest.”

He emphasized that one winner will walk away with K1 million and that they will do college auditions starting with Polytechnic.

Ngulube further said that the grand finale for the competition is expected to be held in August.

“We would like to invite brands to connect with college students, future actionable audience. It’s an investment worth making with a progressive return,” he said.

Ngulube said through Times Television they would want to uplift arts in the country and that they have already proved that by successfully hosting Ka Jive Dance competition Season I and II.

Airtel Malawi Regional Business Manager (South), Leslie Tsilizani, said in line with their passion to give the youth various platforms to realise their full potential, they have made a decision as a brand to sponsor Unima Got Talent.

“Our other sponsorships that accord the youth a chance to fulfill their full potential include Airtel Rising Stars, an Under 17 grassroots football competition, Airtel Trace Music Star, a phone singing competition and Ka Jive Dance competition run by Times,” he said.

Tsilizani said it was their hope that their sponsorship will add to the already exciting environment of the event through their interaction with the students during the different events and “most importantly providing a lucrative sponsorship.”

“Our belief in the untapped talent in the respective colleges of the Unima has convinced us to sponsor this seasons Unima to the tune of K3.5 million,” he said.

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