As the saying goes “it is better to give a man or woman their flowers when they are alive”; therefore, LIB Life is now releasing its first annual list of Personality of the Year to honor those whose positive achievement and record breaking moments stood above the others.
Whether you like them or not, our five honoree’s personal integrity and talent is an indication that they deserve being on the list after squeezing out five others contenders…
1. Topping the Personality of the Year list, DenG set one of the greatest records ever in Liberia’s struggling music industry when he became the first Liberian musician to receive an MTV Africa Music Award (MAMA) nomination.
The “Kemah” crooner got his nomination in the “Listener’s Choice” award category along with other hit makers like BeBe Cool and Prince Kayee, just to name a few.
Since he emerged on the music scene few years ago, DenG has bagged several awards as well as helping to redefine and refine the sound of Afrobeat music in Liberia, which set the pace for others to follow.
2. Moving to the US less than a year and unknown as a model, Candace Sayonkon fought the odds to gain recognition as an international model when she walked the runway of East Coast Fashion Week in Virginia with impressive results, which took her to New York Fashion Week.
At New York Fashion Week, she walked the aisle at five events, some including the ASC Fashion Week, WYP Creative Art and Industry, and Midwest Fashion Week.
With such an early success, Candace booked her name among Liberians who have displayed or walked the event.
As a model, Candace’s ability to succeed lies in patience, integrity, self –reliance and the will power to make harder decisions and stand by them.
3. Sitting third place on the list, Dream Debo made history with his blockbuster film “Freedom” which sold 19,000 copies and generated a total intake of L$1,400,000, with a profit of L$1,356,000.
During the first 11 days after the movie was released in late February this year, it sold 10,000 copies at the wholesale price of L$50 and 9,000 copies at a retail price for L$100. Freedom was produced on a budget of US$5,000.
4. Gospel icon Kanvee Adams made history this year when she became the first gospel artist to receive the KORA Awards, the Pan-African equivalent of the American-based Grammy Awards, nomination in the “Female Artist of the Year” category.
Her song “Heart Desire” was chosen to battle five other popular African artists, including Nigeria’s Laura George, South Africa’s Rebecca Malope, and Kenya’s Gloria Muliro for the honor.
The other two nominees are Samira Adzabe and Sarah Hagos of Rwanda and Eritrea respectively.
Unfortunately, this year’s KORA Awards was not held after it was postponed due to technical problems a few days before the event.
Kanvee, who is a multiple award winner, has played a very major role in taking Liberian gospel music to another lever with soul touching lyrics and quality sounds.
5. Last on the list, we have award winning poet Lekpele Nyamalon whose debut collection “Yearnings of a Traveler” was rated the “number one bestseller” on Amazon for African Poetry in its first 20 days of release.
In addition to that, Lekpele became the only Liberian to have his work featured in the Open Society Initiative of West Africa’s (OSIWA) International Poetry Anthology collection titled ‘Soaring Africa’ launched this year.
Lekpele, whose ability to inspire and stir the mind with his pen served as an official guest at the Babishai Niwe International Poetry Festival in Kampala. He was also a guest at the Lagos International Poetry Festival and took part in a panel discussion and poetry evening with legendary African poet and playwright Wole Soyinka.