One-time president of the Liberia Association of Gospel Musical Artists (LAGMA) Mother Heidy Paye stands as the lone presidential candidate with an ardent hope and commitment to restore the dignity of the association and lift all gospel artists to prosperity.
Mother Heidy Paye, with a team of contestants, outlined three pillars on which her leadership intends to revamp and direct the affairs of LAGMA. Those pillars include spiritual renewal, restoration of dignity and prestige of artists and their umbrella organization (LAGMA), regional and global exposure, and credibility which entails transparency and accountability.
If she wins the elections of March 2nd, the Heidy Paye leadership will inherit the burden of reconciling members of the Liberia Association of Gospel Musical Artists and reawakening the dormant mode of LAGMA, mainly necessitated by prolonged conflict and disunity.
Ms. Delphine Morris, the outgoing president of LAGMA, confirmed in a phone conversation that she had received only one application for the office of president up to the deadline of February 11, 2019.
Many artists, who are members in right standing, said Mother Heidy Paye, judging from her past administration, is a suitable candidate to reform and shift LAGMA to its rightful state. Renowned “Speak Lord” Artist Abigail Vinton, who served in the previous leadership of Mother Heidy Paye, confirmed that Mother Paye is capable, focused and God-fearing, to lead the association from its state of confusion and retrogression to nobility. “Her first administration built for LAGMA a decent world-class website, which was not maintained by her successors, and bought a parcel of land to be used as headquarters for LAGMA. Since then, nothing significant has happened at LAGMA after 8 years,” Artist Vinton revealed.
Under her campaign, she anticipates to be elected alongside Pastor Zlanner Pertean as Vice President for Administration, Minister Patricia Aroniyo as Vice President for Operation, Minister Kenneth D. Nsiah as General Secretary and Pastor Queweah as Finance Secretary.
The Liberia Association of Gospel Musical Artists (LAGMA) was established on March 5, 1995, out of concerted efforts by ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa) Radio and other gospel artists, and was intended to promote the work and ministries of local gospel musicians. Running the organization became a challenge of late until the founding fathers converged and initiated a constitutional reform that would now lead to general elections on Saturday, March 2.