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Abeokuta: Otapo Bata Drummers show supremacy in Goldberg sponsored cultural contest

Abeokuta: Otapo Bata Drummers show supremacy in Goldberg sponsored cultural contest

Otapo Bata Drum­mers from Abeo­kuta have emerged winners at the traditional drummers contest at the kick-off event of the Gold­berg Excellency Tour in Abeokuta on Saturday, Feb­ruary 18, 2017. The group outperformed four other groups at the grand finale to cart home the coveted prize of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N250, 000).
Ayanwale Drummers clinched the second posi­tion and won One Hun­dred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N150, 000) while Omo Aribido Drummers claimed the third spot and settled for the One Hun­dred Thousand Naira (N100, 000) on offer for the slot. The other two finalists, Ayandare Drummers and Paramount Band got Fifty Thousand Naira (N50,000) each.
At the commencement of the event on Friday, Feb­ruary 17, 2017, 12 groups auditioned at the cultural centre, venue of the event, with five groups emerging from the pool to reach the grand finale.
The traditional drum­mers contest which was organised as part of the Goldberg Excellency Tour kicked off with a procession through the major streets of Abeokuta and attracted a huge turnout of residents who were delighted by per­formances from drummers, praise singers and danc­ers. The procession helped to pull a large turnout of residents who trooped to the venue of the contest to support their groups during the different performances.
Speaking at the finale, the Senior Brand Manager, Re­gional Mainstream Brands, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Funso Ayeni, stated that Goldberg Excellency Tour is scheduled for five other cities: Ilorin, Ado Ekiti, Ika­re Akoko, Ile Ife and Benin City.
‘The Excellency Tour will resonate the brand’s essence and strengthen its identification with the cultural values of the peo­ple of South West Nigeria,’ Ayeni affirmed. He added that in line with the brand’s ethos, the successful event in Abeokuta also helped to promote local talent, as the competition brought out the best skills from the per­formers who see the contest as an opportunity to show­case their talents and skills.
While commenting on their victory, the leader of Otapo Bata Drummers, Mr. Afolabi Mufutau, said it is a thing of joy to see his group clinch the first prize after putting in putting in many hours of hard work in prep­aration for the competition.
The Goldberg Excellency Tour is coming on the heels of the unveiling of Gold­berg lager beer as “Your Excellency” in 2016 and it is in line with the brand’s unique credentials that po­sition it in a class of its own, away from its peers in the market.
 

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