For the first time a Burundian candidate has been crowned winner of Tusker Project Fame, a singing competition that takes place every year in Nairobi Kenya.
Hope Irakoze beat off the challenge of Kenyan duo Amos and Josh after a hotly contested eight-week competition. Hope was also handed a five-million Shillings cheque as the grand prize of the competition.
The day before saw Rwanda’s remaining candidate Patrick Nyamitali get the boot in a move that seemed to be a shocker. According to analysts, Patrick had performed well, but his failure to lure and cajole the throng was always going to cost him dearly. He exited the academy together with Nyambura from Kenya, although surprisingly only one candidate was to be evicted, only for the three-judged bench to rescind that decision at the eleventh hour.
Amos and Josh came second came closely behind Hope, while Uganda’s Daisy came in third. Tanzanian Hisia took the fourth position with Kenyan Nyambura taking the fifth spot.
It was the second time Burundi had sent a representative to the talent-searching competition, but the first time Ruth Matete from Kenya proved too strong for the other contestants as Burundi finished fourth.
Hope will be particularly remembered for criticizing the judges’ decision when he was put on probation stating that they lacked someone to send to the dreaded house. He has already recorded his first single produced by TPF 6 principal Eric Wainaina, which will be available soon.