Port-Harcourt, Abuja and Lagos recently played hosts to the sixth edition of Africa’sleading gospel talent hunt programme – God’s Children Great Talent (GCGT).

GCGT is a social development project of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Apapa family, which has distinguished itself this year by extending to other cities in Nigeria.

The gospel talent hunt is focused on discovering, grooming and producing young talents and stars in various fields of artistic expressions across Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States of America.

This year, Season 6 opened its doors beyond the Apapa family to children and young people aged five to 20 years with auditions recently held in Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt. Over 2,000 contestants registered online for free at www.gcgt.org for a chance to participate in the competition.

In each of these cities, leading gospel performing and non-performing Artistes judged performances in order to pass them to the next level. Dayo Benjamin-Laniyun, Wale Rubber, Enitan Adaba, Zuriel Oduwole, and many others guided the competition to its next stage. Freke, the dynamic gospel artiste and Ayo Thompson Cool TV presenter both anchored the auditions

This next stage, which is the quarter finals, holds on Saturday,  March 26 at RCCG Christ Church Gbagada.

Pastor Idowu Iluyomade, Head of Apapa Family, explained that the vision of the initiative is to engage children/teens in a positive way, using their talents to glorify God in his words; “God’s Children’s Great Talent was born out of a desire to identify and nurture the diverse talents available in children.

We are delighted a multinational brand such as Cadbury Bournvita and other brands such as Digital Jewels, The Riverbank School, and many other media partners” have supported the project over the years.”

This year’s competition will be produced and televised in Nigeria and the UK with viewers being able to follow the journey of the contestants from audition to the grand finale which will be happening at the Eko Hotel and Suites on May 30.  At the grand finale, the winner will walk away with aNgn5million prize, including a production contract, talent development packages and other attractive prizes.