The Roberts International Airport in Margibi County was the scene of joy and jubilations as Liberia’s representative to the 2013 Project Fame held in Nigeria, Ms Margaret Cephas, landed here after coming 2nd place in the competition.
Margaret was rousingly received over the weekend at the RIA by staff of Liberia’s GSM giant Lonestar Cell MTN, family members and friends. Friends, loved ones, and other well-wishers sang songs of joy for her splendid performance and achievement.
Margaret, 19, is the second Liberian to come second in the International Project Fame competition. She is also the first Liberian who didn’t go on probation during the entire competition.
At a former program ceremony held at Lonestar Cell MTN Head Office in Congo Town, Project Fame Country Representative to Liberia, Chris Wolo, expressed gratitude to the talented Liberian female for her excellent performance in Nigeria.
He however appreciated Lonestar Cell MTN for its supports and sponsorship for Margaret. Chris said Margaret performance has brought pride to Liberia, saying, “I am proud of her for the pride she has brought to Liberia.”
Chris said Margaret is the second Liberian to reach the Project Fame finals and coming second. “The first person was Nicholas; he came second and now is Margaret, who has also taken the second place, but I know that the Liberia will definitely come first some days,” Chris concluded.
Lonestar Cell MTN CEO, Tebogo Mogapi, said he was excited to see a young Liberian like Margaret contesting in such international competition, flying her country’s flag and bringing price back home, among many other candidates from the region. He said MTN will continue to support the growth and development of Liberia, adding that with the stage Margaret has reached, more is expected of her.
CEO Mogapi said the Lonestar Cell MTN family and all Liberians will continue to support Margaret in her musical career. Lonestar Cell MTN is the prime sponsor of Liberia Project Fame that seeks candidates to represent the country at the Project Fame competition in Nigeria. Responding, Margaret thanked Lonestar Cell MTN and the entire Liberian public for supporting her in the competition.
Earlier, speaking to journalists upon her arrival at the RIA, she disclosed that her dream is to teach music, describing the competition as very challenging and tough.
“It was tough and challenging, but I thank God I made it and am proud to raise the flag of my country through the help and sponsorship of Lonestar Cell MTN and my wonderful family headed by my Mom and Dad,” she said with a deep smile.
She said her parents are the ones behind her success, adding, “My parents brought me upon in a Christian home and I’m glad for that.”
Margaret’s father, Emmanuel Cephas, narrated how his daughter started the music business as a child, and disclosed that her mother had been in the music industry for long time.
He noted that his wife was pregnant with Margaret when she was heading the children choir in the Church, “So Margaret was born with singing mainly in the Church,” he noted.
He thanked Lonestar Cell MTN for the sponsoring their daughter while she was in Nigeria for the competition. Margaret was also given the opportunity to sign on Lonestar Cell MTN Commitment Wall.