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Gospel artiste wins trips to Tanzania, Malawi for singing National Anthem 

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Queen Ben Enang

By Akpan David, Calabar

A young woman, Queen Ben Enang from Akwa Ibom State has won the top prize of international trips to Tanzania and Malawi in East Africa. 

She was adjudged by a choral panel to have sang the newly returned National Anthem of Nigeria perfectly during a competition in Calabar which climaxed a weeklong anniversary celebration of Association of Brotherhood Academic Scholars, (ABAS), a faith-based body of graduates and undergraduates. 

The event had three contestants in the finals, one male and two females and was one of the high points of the celebration.

According to the choral jury, Queen Enang was flawless, confident and did not miss a word in the lyrics while rendering the three verses of the Anthem

She also won cash prize and ‘Ambassador of Behavioural Change’, which was the theme of the week celebration in university campuses they had members. 

International President of ABAS, Hon. Ekuma Ngwu commended the choral jury for being fair and professional and the eventual winner, Queen Ben.

He said they had planned for the trips during the year, adding that the upcoming gospel artiste, will be carried along.

Ben who studied petroleum engineering but now a hair designer, expressed happiness for the prize.

She said as soon as the National Assembly passed the Bill into law and President Bola Tinubu assented to it, she knew that it was imperative to learn it all over.

“It was not difficult for me to quickly memorise the Anthem being a church chorister.  Besides I love the lyrics of the Anthem.  They’re meaningful and spiritual, more like a prayer to God to help our country. I am looking forward to the trips. I am happy,” she said.

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