She has been one of the audience’s and judges’ favourites throughout the competition.
But in a surprise result, Mam Sheikh Ngum came out 10th in the finals of the Rising Stars Africa talent competition held on Saturday at the Kairaba Beach Hotel in Kololi.
Palpable surprise reigned after the daughter of the late Musa Ngum was not among the top three winners, who were determined by SMS voters.
Earlier, Mam Sheikh, who was accompanied to the finals by dozens of her friends and neighbours, told What’s On-Gambia she did not join the competition to win the D100, 000 prize.
“I want to make my dad proud, where ever he is right now.”
When asked why she wasn’t singing when her father was alive, she responded: “I was busy with my senior secondary education and my mum wasn’t keen about me doing music like dad.”
An International Relations and Political Science student at the Strafford College of Management, Mam Sheik said she would soon enter studio to record a song she dedicated to her father.
Mam Sheik was one of the 40 contestants at the maiden edition of the Rising Stars Africa talent show. According to her, making it to the top ten is a huge achievement.