Holy Innocents Primary School are the champions of the 2020 African Awareness Pageant. They emerged triumphant on Saturday night, accumulating 732.5 points ahead of second place finishers Grazettes Primary School with 693 points. In third place was Lawrence T Gay Memorial Primary School, earning 677 points.
In a night filled with many hiccups, the show started an hour after the scheduled 4 p.m. time. It was after 11 p.m. when the judges’ decisions were finally revealed. The overall package was good and so many of the guest acts were unnecessary since they added to the long running time. Though the venue was packed at the beginning of the show, there were considerably fewer patrons by the close of the contest.
In this year’s competition, eight primary schools from across the island represented various African nations as they battled for the crown. They faced off in multiple categories including Traditional Dance, Talent, Formal Wear and Question and Answer. Noticeably absent from this year’s contest was defending champion West Terrace Primary School.
The newly minted champions, whose nation of choice was Zambia, were front runners throughout. However, there would have been some uncertainty about whether they would clinch the crown when they had a misstep in the question-and-answer segment.
While Hailey Roach confidently answered, her teammate Kyeil Williams was unable to follow suit as he was stumped by the question. This seemed to cause an upset among members of their camp who immediately expressed their displeasure. Eventually, the pair returned to the stage where Williams was given an opportunity to redeem himself.
In all the other rounds, the pair exuded confidence. Their dance piece in the talent segment saw them performing to a medley of popular afrobeat songs. They found favour with the audience and the judges as they proceeded to win that segment. Elizabeth Canoville, their entrant in the National Dance category, stood head and shoulders over her fellow competitors, literally and figuratively. While the others were timid in their approach, Canoville commanded attention with her confidence from the outset. She was one of the few competitors who made full use of the stage during her presentation, securing her school a win in that category.
Cumulatively, their efforts were enough to take the crowns. Williams’ relief that he had not compromised their chances was obvious as he burst into tears when they were announced winners.
Each school created a project which highlighted information on their African territory. It was no surprise that Lawrence T Gay’s elaborate presentation on Niger won. Luther Thorne Primary School which focused on Mozambique was second and St Giles’ Primary School was third with their project on Tunisia.
Best Question and Answer segment was secured by the D’Zariah Yarde and Nigus Tafari Paul-Smith duo from St Ambrose Primary. Jalika Walters and Aiden Narine from Grazettes Primary School, who represented Chad, also copped Best Formal Wear with their regal attire. Ki-anna Pilgrim-Small and Joshua Osbourne, from Lawrence T Gay Memorial, won Best Introduction. (STT)
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