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University of Education, Winneba GHAMSU Choir has emerged winner at the maiden edition of University Gospel Choir of the Year competition.

Source: Pulse Ghana

The maiden edition of the annual University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY) Ghana competition took place on 13th March 2016. Following the success of the competition in the UK, the National Theatre, Accra played host to the maiden show, broadcasted on Viasat 1 TV.

The event held at the National Theatre saw ten choir groups from different universities across the country compete for the enviable title.

All were given six minutes to prove their prowess to patrons and most especially the six-member panel of musically inclined judges namely, Ps Helen Yawson, Ms Diana Hopeson, Obed Psych (Preachers GH fame), Noble Nketsiah, Nii Okai, Jennifer Jessica Dankwa.


GHAMSU choir from University of Education, Winneba were declared overall UGCY-Africa 2016 winners after a rousing performance of ‘Emmanuel’ set to the popular Barclays Premier League tune.

Cladded in blue and black, the GHAMSU Choir received a standing ovation from all judges after their performance.

“You are really an international choir, dynamics was excellent, your song selection was perfect” said Nii Okai, “I have goose bombs” Diana Hopeson stated. For Nobel Nketia, it was“Absolutely fantastic, exciting, and brilliant”.

Some patrons

Some patrons


University of Ghana Stewards of Praise and Wizzy Choir of Wisconsin International University second and third respectively.

Stewards of Praise placed second

Stewards of Praise placed second


There were also musical performances from Nobel Nketia, Nii Okai and Preachers.

Preachers performing at the event

Preachers performing at the event


Other University Choirs that took part in the competition are:

Shout Choir – University of Ghana, Legon

Philharmonic Choir – Accra Polytechnic

Kharis Choir – University for Development Studies (UDS)

Hearts of Worship – University of Ghana, Legon

Gracious 4 – Ashesi University

One Spirit Choir – University College of Management Studies (UCOMS)

Chaplaincy Choir – University of Education, Winneba

UGCY GHANA is powered by GospelTown Africa.

About the event:

UGCY is a young, voluntary organization which is inspired by the iconic blockbuster movie ‘Sister Act 2 – Back In The Habit’, starring Whoopi Goldberg. Since its creation, UGCY has held SIX  annual competitions in the UK, celebrating the talent of 4000+ students from various universities across the UK and has worked with the likes of ITV’s the X-Factor! UGCY aims to bring many talented young individuals together through gospel music, as a celebration of the arts and a means to inspire both young and old. UGCY would love to see gospel at the forefront of the music industry and plan to help advance this by encouraging musical participation amongst young people.

UGCY 2016 Showreel