Reigning Miss AUN Mbali Mokgatla emerged the winner in the AUN Got Talent competition held on October 21.
The competition was organized by the AUN Got Talent Club. President of the two-year-old student organization, Funmbi Cole, a fourth year CMD major, said it was the second such competition where talents from within the University are showcased. “Today, you can see that many students came out to sing. Nobody knew they had this talent.”
Ms. Cole who noted that there are many talents in the University said the Club wanted to make talented students feel a sense of belonging. “We want to embrace their talent.”
Different student groups like Crew Blaque, a dance troupe headed by Cole herself, spiced up the event with performances.
The maiden edition of AUN Got Talent and Awards Night was held two years ago. At this year’s competition, eight contestants battled it out at the cafeteria on this Saturday night. Each contestant was expected to give a performance showcasing a specific talent. Any talent display was welcome, whether it was singing, dancing, rapping, poem recitation, or ventriloquism.
However, each contestant had three minutes to display their talent and prove to all six judges that they have what it takes to be the winner. Ms. Ritnen Gomwalk, winner of the maiden edition, was one of the judges.
A large pool of students gathered to watch the various performances. Each of these performances, which attracted cheers from the audience, could only get them yearning for more.
Ms. Mokgatla scaled through the first two rounds where two other contestants were eliminated to proceed to the third round, alongside five other contestants.
The Petroleum Chemistry major from South Africa who confirmed that the contest had been quite intense said she would settle for the decision of the judge. An excited Mokgatla said she was nervous at first during the first round. “The competition was tough and I never knew there were so many talented singers in AUN.”
Each of the first three winners won a cash prize. David Asher and Olaoluwa Olanrewaju, a second year Economics major, were the second and third place winners, respectively.
One of the judges, Odirichi Nwafor, remarked that all the performances were ‘very exceptional’.
During the event, there were interludes for the various awards presentation. They include Best Makeup Artist, Best Photographer (Male & Female), Best Dancer (Male & Female), Most Talented (Male & Female), and Best Performing Artist. The Most Talented Male Award went to the current Mr. AUN, Kazayet Zachariah.
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa