The 1st annual UGCY Africa took place on March 13th 2016 in Ghana!

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The maiden edition of the annual University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY) Ghana competition took place on 13th March 2016. Following the success of the competition in the UK, the National Theatre, Accra played host to the maiden show, broadcasted on Viasat 1 TV.

The event held at the National Theatre saw ten choir groups from different universities across the country compete for the enviable title.

All were given six minutes to prove their prowess to patrons and most especially the six-member panel of musically inclined judges namely, Ps Helen Yawson, Ms Diana Hopeson, Obed Psych (Preachers GH fame), Noble Nketsiah, Nii Okai, Jennifer Jessica Dankwa.

GHAMSU choir from University of Education, Winneba were declared overall UGCY-Africa 2016 winners after a rousing performance of ‘Emmanuel’ set to the popular Barclays Premier League tune.


Cladded in blue and black, the GHAMSU Choir received a standing ovation from all judges after their performance.

“You are really an international choir, dynamics was excellent, your song selection was perfect” said Nii Okai, “I have goose bombs” Diana Hopeson stated. For Nobel Nketia, it was“Absolutely fantastic, exciting, and brilliant”.

University of Ghana Stewards of Praise and Wizzy Choir of Wisconsin International University second and third respectively.

There were also musical performances from Nobel Nketia, Nii Okai and Preachers.


Other University Choirs that took part in the competition are:

  • Shout Choir – University of Ghana, Legon
  • Philharmonic Choir – Accra Polytechnic
  • Kharis Choir – University for Development Studies (UDS)
  • Hearts of Worship – University of Ghana, Legon
  • Gracious 4 – Ashesi University
  • One Spirit Choir – University College of Management Studies (UCOMS)
  • Chaplaincy Choir – University of Education, Winneba

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