Last Saturday, the Accra International Conference Centre was filled to capacity with an expectant audience who trooped there with a common goal, to witness the 2nd edition of the Ghana Gospel Industry Awards (GGIA) organized by Adom FM.
The awards, which is aimed at celebrating and awarding excellence in the gospel music industry in Ghana, seeks to celebrate the works of the gospel music industry and showcase the talent, innovation and success of the nationâ€™s gospel artistes.
The night saw Selina Boateng taking home the Artiste of the Year Award for her smash hit â€˜Minku Mehoâ€™, as well as album of the year and song of the year for her song â€˜Minku Mehoâ€™.
She also won Popular Video of the Year.
Other award winners were Adehyemaa for New Artiste of the Year, Hans Bekx for Alternative Gospel Song of the Year and Alternative Gospel Video of the Year, DSP Kofi Sarpong and Celestine for Collaboration of the Year, and Diana Hamilton for Female Vocalist of the Year.
Ernest Kwesi Ennin of Media Excel Productions took home the Record Label/Executive Producer of the Year award while Uche of â€˜Double Doubleâ€™ fame was crowned the African Gospel Artiste of the Year.
Madam Joyce Aryee was given the Honorary Award of the Year and one of the pioneers and pillars of gospel music, Prof Kofi Abraham received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Nacy, leader of No Tribe, took home the Gospel Producer of the Year and the Gospel Sound Engineer of the Year.
The event witnessed performances from Cecilia Marfo, Herty Borngreat, Selina Boateng, Diana Hamilton and Ernest Opoku, among others.
Nicholas Omane Acheampong of â€˜Zaphenath Paneahâ€™ fame, who also performed at the event, won the hearts of the audience with his costume.
Dressed in a costume reminiscent of ancient Egypt complete with a headdress and sandals, his arrival drew loud cheers from the audience who wanted to hear the song of the moment but not before he had sang popular tunes like â€˜Tabita Kumâ€™.
When he started â€˜Zaphenath Paneahâ€™, the whole auditorium was on its feet and it was a mixture of laughter and cheers and singing.