NEWS: Success at the Bokone Bophirima Gospel Music Awards

Success at the Bokone Bophirima Gospel Music Awards

Rain could not stop the excitement and the success of the first-ever Bokone Bophirima Gospel Music Awards that took place on Saturday, 27 November at the Glory Ministries International church in Dassierand.

Rain could not stop the excitement and the success of the first-ever Bokone Bophirima Gospel Music Awards that took place on Saturday, 27 November at the Glory Ministries International church in Dassierand.

People came from all over the North West Province, Gauteng and Northern Cape, where lovers of gospel music had filled the venue to the capacity of 2 000 people.

The ceremony was graced by JB Mark’s MMC of Sports, Arts and Culture, Cllr. Patricia Mtshali, representatives from the Mayor’s office. Professor Dan Kgwadi (Former NWU Vice-Chancellor), Pastors from all over the province as well as Gospel Music producers from Gauteng with Dr Ronnie Matras and Glory Ministries International were the hosts of the spectacular event.

Bokone Bophirima Gospel Music Awards (BBGMA) is a registered North West based Gospel Music Awards founded by Dr Thapelo Donald Kgabage (31), youth influencer accounting lecturer at the NWU.

”The awards are created to support, develop, encourage, build, motivate, recognize and empower our various and upcoming local Gospel artists,” he explained.
“The BBGMA Awards are dedicated to promoting, exposing, and celebrating talent through recognition and awarding them. This is not to create competition amongst our local artist but rather an event that shall honour and recognize local talented and hardworking upcoming, local gospel artists of all races”, he added

With this past weekend’s ceremony being the first-ever BBGMA Awards, 26 awards were awarded to deserving individuals. “Of the 26 awards, 16 were awarded to artists, while the other 10 were honorary awards for those who are contributing positively towards the development of the province.

Among the 16 awarded artists was traditional musician MmaAusi (Mafikeng), Wanda Phiri (Potchefstroom), David Sejake (Mafikeng), Neo Phiri (Potchefstroom), Mpho Podile (Mafikeng) to name a few. while the honorary awards included Professor Dan Kgwadi ( Former NWU Vice-Chancellor and Principal) who received the Best BB Trailblazer Award of the year, Dr Peter Botes (Best BB Positive Impact Award), Cllr. Johan Zervick (Best BB Community empowerment award of the year), Pastor Palo Motsi of Emmanuel AFM (Best BB Influential Minister of the year) and many more.

BBGMA also recognised Mr Wanda Phiri (Potchefstroom) and Mrs Nobantu Thom (Mafikeng) for their contribution to the province through their music and for developing the upcoming artists with the Lifetime BBGMA Award.

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Dr Kgabage also took the time to thank the team that joined in the vision amongst many that including Mr Rofhiwa Siaruli, Mr Lebogang Jonas, Advocate (Dr.) John Rantlo, Pastor Selaelo Kganakga and Mr Karabelo Nkomo. He also thanked the Band and the musicians for their dedication, who worked tirelessly in making sure that the event became the success that it was.

Dr Kgabage is asking for support and sponsorship from both local private businesses as well as government institutes to make sure that the initiative continues to achieve its set vision and mission of building and uniting the province through music. Preparations are already underway for the 2022 BBGMA and interested sponsors can contact him on 061 523 2559 or send email to info@bbgma.co.za or sponsorships@bbgma.co.za

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