Award-winning Ghanaian gospel music icon, Cwesi Oteng, over the weekend bagged the Artiste of the Year (Male), the topmost award at the 5th edition of the 2014 Africa Gospel Music Awards (AGMA).The event, held at the lush Concert Hall of the Fairfields Halls in Cryodon, in London, also saw Cwesi picking up West African Artiste of the Year to raise Ghana’s flag high at the event.
The two new awards make a total of four awards Cwesi Oteng has received from the Africa Gospel Music Awards since its inception in 2009. Cwesi has previously received the Video of the Year award with his ground breaking ‘God Dey Bless Me’ video in 2012 and then West African Artiste of the Year in 2013.
This means Cwesi Oteng becomes the first artiste to win the West African Artiste of the Year award for two consecutive years.
Cwesi had this to say when contacted: “I am humbled by the honour done me. The joy in seeing that my music impact people positively especially young people who are the future keeps me going. I am grateful for recognition. I want to thank everyone who voted for me, lovers of my gift all over the world, all who keep supporting my music and ministry, the media, colleague artistes, friends, BBnZ Live my management and most importantly to God for the privilege to serve Him.”
The event had in attendance many African gospel artistes from all over the world, music industry experts, business people, clergy and many music lovers. Other notable Ghanaian winners on the night include Sonnie Badu (Event of the Year), Diana Hamilton (Female Artiste of the Year), Kofi DuaAnto (KODA) (Producer of the Year), Akesse Brempong (Discovery of the Year) and Kwame Idan of Adom FM (Radio Programme and DJ of the Year).