Gov. Ayade bags award for youths’ development, urges youth to be more creative, think big

Gov. Ayade bags award for youths’ development, urges youth to be more creative, think big


Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade has been awarded a “Symphonic Pillar award” in recognition of his efforts in supporting the creative industry and for his investment in youth/talent development.

The award was conferred on him at the just concluded 4th edition of Paradise Music Festival & Awards tagged ‘AKWA CROSS EDITION’ held at the Pearl Ball Room of the prestigious Transcorp Hotels, Calabar.

The governor who was represented by his Commissioner for Culture and Tourism Development Nr. Eric Anderson was also commended for creating a full fledged Ministry of Culture and Tourism in the state.

In his keynote address on behalf of the host state Government, the Commissioner for Culture & Tourism in Cross River State, Mr. Eric Anderson charged the youths to think big, by churning out creative materials good enough to place them on the same pedestal with their counterparts in other parts of the world; he reiterated his boss’s commitment towards creating a vibrant industry to employ the youth in the state.

The state before now had only the state tourism bureau as well as the state carnival commission which the ministry now coordinates.

The Director General of Copy Right Society of Nigeria (COSON), Chief Tony Okoroji who was among the dignitaries present at the event charged entertainers in Nigeria to continue their pursuit in the creative industry, as entertainment remains a major contributor to the economy of states and federation in this current era.


Paradise Music Festival & Awards has continued to remain the foremost and only event which celebrates ingenuity in music in this part of Nigeria. Conceptualized as Cross River Music Awards in 2012, the prestigious award earned respect in the second year, following the pledge of the organisers to continually host the finest music industry appreciation award in the state.

A year after, the brand metamorphosed into Paradise Music Festival & Awards in the third edition, where veteran musician Sunny Neji was honoured and Mista Xto presented a recognition award.

This year’s edition being an AKWA CROSS EDITION, was open to entries from Akwa Ibom state and Cross River state, which also served the purpose of strengthening the chord of unity between the two states.

The glamorous event witnessed some star performances and the presence of the likes of award winning musician Mista Xto, Spydaman, Special Assistant to Cross River State Governor of Cross River State on Entertainment, Big Daddy, the Special Assistant to Akwa Ibom State Governor on Project Monitoring, Godfada Uko, Actors Guild of Nigeria State Chairman in Akwa Ibom State, Hon. Emmanuel Owuala, former President Goodluck Jonathan’s son inlaw, Prince Seven who is also CEO of EddyLiz Group among many others.

PMFA award 2017 Calabar

Below is the full list of winners in this year’s edition of the Paradise Music Festival & Music Awards:


1- New Discovery of the year - Young Bone

2- Song of the year - "Skwinik" by Okpo Records Gang

3- Album of the Year - Obong Ekpe (Shanky)

4- Female Artiste of the Year - Pretty Brown

5- Rap/ Hip hop Artiste of the Year - Ikpa Udo

6- Gospel Artiste of the Year - Ekanem Esu

7- DJ of the year - DJ MPD

8- Song writer of the year - Usimeke

9- OAP of the year - Duke Emmanuel

10- Music producer of the year - Teddy Bantty

11- Video of the year - “No Changes” by Challex Da Boss ft Eeedris Abdulkareem

12- Reggae Dancehall artiste of the year - Pope Don-X

13- Music blogger of the year - Lyrical4Ces

14- Collabo of the year - Lybra ft MC Galaxy – Baby Tomato

15- Pop Song of the Year - “Like that” by Tshawn

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