The competition which is in its final stage has ten finalists namely Christine, Benaiah Jerry, Tommy Jay, Mejo, Kofi A.D.S, Annie Daymar, Drey Marli, Khaam, P_D Draiz and Legacy Boss. All ten would compete, seeing to the emergence of two winners who would be split into four, two rappers and two singers.
By: Emmanuel Umahi
The city of Jos is a hub for talent and skills. This is evident in the skill set of talents that are spread across the sectors of sports, entertainment, business, tech, and many more. Annually, there is an export of these talents from the city of Jos to a global scale through diverse competitions in music, movies, runway modeling and many more. We see these talents, know these talents and by the chance of familiarizing ourselves with their personalities, celebrate them as part of the ecosystem they represent.
The Jtown Rising Stars is one of the many means of honing talents in the city of Jos. The talent show, championed by recording and performing artist Ruby Gyang, is a means to create a platform for young up-and-coming artists resident in the city of Jos. Also, the competition is aimed at assisting young artists to make informed career decisions while contributing to creating a viable music industry and increasing the inclusion of Jos-based artists in the Nigerian music industry.
Founded in 2019 by Ngohide Ruby-Ann Gyang popularly known by her stage name “Ruby Gyang”, RG Entertainment and Media Company is empowering artists across Nigeria, with a focus on the North-central.
“Following my exit from Chocolate city in 2019, I was looking to create a form of media aid and management for young and performing artists. The city of Jos has been dear to me, hence, the start of the Jtown Rising Stars in Jos”, she told Middlebelt Reporters.
Gyang explained that the competition is a corporate social responsibility arm of her company and the entertainment aspect of the Rising Stars Initiative –a youth development project.
“Jtown Rising Stars is a part of the Rising Stars Initiative. This is a youth development project that would offer sustainable and impactful ideas and offer artists assets to use and monetize. These assets would be songs, record deals, stages, and many more, depending on what the artists need and our provision from our end”, she added.
The competition which is in its final stage has ten finalists namely Christine, Benaiah Jerry, Tommy Jay, Mejo, Kofi A.D.S, Annie Daymar, Drey Marli, Khaam, P_D Draiz, and Legacy Boss. All ten would compete, seeing to the emergence of two winners who would be split into four, two rappers and two singers.
Gyang added that the competition, being the first edition, would be annual and also, take a shift from Jos.
“Although the city of Jos is our testnet, the competition in the coming years would take a shift from the city of Jos to other northern states. The competition and my organization intend to see that artists in northern Nigeria are properly catered for”, Gyang said.
The finale is scheduled for Thursday, 22nd December 2022 at Kruiseyard Jos.
Emmanuel Umahi writes on entertainment for Themiddlebelt Reporters.