EMMANUEL Msuya from Mwanza emerged winner of this year’s Epiq Bongo Star Search (EBSS) and took home 50m/- cash at the grand finale held at Escape 1 Hotel in Dar es Salaam on Saturday night.

Five contestants who made to the final were Msuya, Amina Chibaba, Maina Thadei, Melisa John and Elizabeth Mwakijambile, but Amina and Maina were eliminated after the second round.

Announcing the winner, Benchmark Managing Director, Rita Poulsen congratulated Msuya’s parents for assisting his son for the great stage he has reached so far and agreed that he deserved to win.

“For the past six months, we have invested so much to make sure we get the real star and today the dream has come true after Emmanuel Msuya, who was the only male left in the competition, becomes the winner,” said Poulsen.

She congratulated all who took part in the race, adding that it has really proved that Tanzania has got many talents. She also noted that the season has witnessed an extremely electrifying performance that made the grand finale a historic journey.

Poulsen told the media recently that 20 per cent of the 50m/- to be awarded the EBSS winner will be used to develop and promote his music carrier in future.

She said her company would look for a management company that would enter into a legal agreement with the winner on how the money will be spent to develop Msuya in the music industry.

“We have noticed that some of the previous EBSS winners used the money in different lifestyles forgetting to advance their music career,” Poulsen said.

The show was also graced by other music celebrities such as Barnaba Boy, Walter Chillambo, Peter Msechu, Snura wa Majanga, Shaa, Young Killer, Makomandoo and Borabora band.