One of the oldest and celebrated Sierra Leonean female gospel artist, Evangelist Hannah Mariama Williams was recently honoured with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award in Gospel Music in the United States of America.
The Still Standing Record gospel label emerged as the only female victor among the many stars that were nominated in the said category for the Sierra Leone Association of Artists and Musicians (SLAAM) Award.
Addressing journalists in Freetown, the Lifetime Achievement winner expressed joy and gratitude to God for being recognized and rewarded for a profession that she loves and does her best amidst many challenges.
“I jumped and praised God loud, while I was in the kitchen, when a friend called and congratulated me for being one of the nominees for the SLAAM Award”, she disclosed.
According to her, she has won many awards throughout her music sojourn but the SLAAM
Award is an exceptional and admirable one, which adds more international recognition to an artist, as it is organized by group of sound and judgmental Sierra Leonean entertainment promoters in the United States.
The inspiring gospel artist who has been in the music world for the past 20 (twenty) years has released seven demanding albums which made her travel widely and has also touched the lives of many youngsters including her two sons, who are equally pushing in the gospel music industry. The 45 (Forty-five) year old songwriter and singer encouraged other youngsters to be patient and passionate about their profession as they will one day be rewarded, as it has happened to her.
In his account, the Manager of the SLAAM Lifetime Award winner, Rev. Ibraham Sesay Jones recounted that he sensed many exemplary talents in Evangelist Hannah Mariama Williams from the first contact with her in 2004 for during which he was persuaded to support her and it is an adventure that he will never regret.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Still Standing Record, Rev. Aiah Momoh expressed excitement for having such an admirable star in his midst and vowed to do everything he can to upgrade the gospel music industry in Sierra Leone, noting that there are many youngsters who could equally perform better if the necessary support is given to them.
Hannah and her two sons are set to launch their latest gospel music album, “God of Second Chance.”
By Keifa M. Jaward
Monday June 09, 2014