(Lagos, December 21, 2015): Esau Owusu Dahnsaw, Liberia's sole representative in what seems a perfect way to present Christmas gift to his motherland wrapped up the ‘Next Movie Star’ competition with three prizes.
"It was a hectic one. If you see me now, you will know how tense it was because I lost so much weight while making sure to live up to the rudiments of the show as well as coping with the odd Nigerian dishes", a dispatch from the commercial Nigerian city quotes a relieved Dahnsaw.
Among the eight finalists, Dahnsaw’s magical and exceptional performance earned him the three prestigious prizes of the ‘3rd Runner-Up’ title, ‘The Most Photogenic Competitor’ title, and the ‘Mr. Game Changer’ title which came through a modeling challenge in the house of the Next Movie Star competition in Nigeria. Nigeria's Cynthia Shalom won the show, followed by Adetunji Adeoye as 1st Runner-Up, and Sandra Ifudu as 2nd Runner-Up.
The Liberian Bassa son of the soil becomes only the second Liberian to reach the finals of the prestigious annual acting reality television show. The last time a Liberian ever went that far in the competition was in 2008 when Avenette Sirleaf, alias Queen V, won the competition.
Since then, Liberia's performances have ended in early evictions. John P. Smith, was Dahnsaw’s last compatriot who participated in the event but was evicted early in 2013 when he took the stand.
The Next Movie Star reality television show seeks to discover and groom enthusiastic movie actors into formidable entertainers to reckon with internationally. The likes of Tonto Dikeh, Uti Nwachukwu, Annie Idibia, the wife of 2Face Idibia, are all products of the Competition who have gone on to loom larger than life in the entertainment industry globally.
This year's edition, the 11th, was tagged The Game Changer. According to statistics from the producers, over 30 million Nigerians and other nationalities auditioned to enter the reality show, but only 18 made it into the show's Training and Grooming camp during which 2 were evicted and sent home. The show then commenced with 16 contestants who entered the ‘House’ and tensely competed against all odds.
The 3 persons representing Ghana were evicted as well as the one who represented Gambia. Liberia's Dahnsaw stood tall and made it to the grand finals against 7 Nigerians.
Meanwhile, as Dahnsaw prepares to return home to a rousing welcome, his compatriots in and out of Liberia continue to shower him with congratulatory messages, with some terming his ‘trinity of prizes’ as another national pride for the country worth celebrating during Christmas and beyond the New Year Festive seasons.