2021 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) Artiste of the Year, Diana Hamilton, has expressed her gratitude to the leadership of The Church of Pentecost for the overwhelming support she received from the church that helped her win the ultimate prize.
“The adage goes that he who undertakes a good cause deserves a push, but The Church of Pentecost has been pushing me from day one until now. The first evidence of support I saw was an announcement on the Chairman’s Special Sunday Service encouraging people to vote for me. That gesture did it for me, then the pastors followed, then members, and other people, urging people to support me to win! For this, I am very grateful,” she said.
The multiple-award-winning Gospel artiste said this on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, when she called on the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, in his office at the church’s General Headquarters La in Accra. The church’s General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi Larbi, was also present.
According to the songstress, the visit was to thank the church for the massive support they gave her and request their prayers for the journey ahead.
She continues to say, “The Church of Pentecost is the church I was born into, and it is the church that gave me a platform [to nurture my talent].”
“From my time at the Dr Thomas Wyatt Temple in Accra Newtown, where I first held a microphone to sing, the church has always opened its doors to me.”
“Sometimes, I jokingly say that the church paid my school fees because it employed my dad and has been taking care of me till now. And it has never stopped.”
She also stated that despite being a star or has obtained many awards, she remains the same Diana Hamilton they used to know because the church has always taught its members to stay humble.
“I am just Diana, and this keeps me grounded, so I am grateful!”Diana Hamilton
The Chairman, on his part, was very grateful to God for the great success Diana Hamilton achieved at the event. He recalled the first time he heard Diana Hamilton sung in 1987 during a PENSA Conference.
“The first time I heard you sing was in 1987 during a PENSA Conference. You were very little, but I could tell that your dad (late Apostle F. E. Antwi) had much confidence in your talent.
To my surprise, you did so well. Since then, I have always followed your progress, so I am not surprised that you have gotten this far.”
“Indeed, we were all confident that it would be a good day, but we never anticipated that it would get this big, so we give God all the glory,” he proceeded.
Apostle Nyamekye said that music is a powerful tool that can captivate the soul of an individual. He, therefore, urged her to aim to transform lives through her music.
He also urged the crowned artist that music is like preaching a sermon. So she should continue to use her song to possess the nations for Christ as part of the Church main plan.
“A musician is like a preacher, who ministers to people through music. As part of the “possessing the nations” agenda, we want to influence every sphere of society, including the music and entertainment space, with Kingdom principles and values.”
He commended her loyalty and commitment to the church and assured her of the church’s continuing support. He also advised her not to allow her success to get into her head but to remain focused and keep a level head.
“To win four awards in one night is a great feat. But it is also possible to win six or even ten in a night, so you must keep working hard. Don’t change. Keep relying on the Lord, for Christ is still your strength,” he advised.
In addition, to the artist of the year award, Diana Hamilton took home three other awards, namely Gospel Song of the Year, Gospel Artiste of the Year, and the Most Popular Song of the Year.
Glory be to God. All for Jesus.