DAR ES SALAAM
(Xinhua) -- Ten young Tanzanians have been offered a
one-year training program in China after they were pronounced
winners of this year’s Star Times voice talent competition.
The competition, which saw 25
contesters reach finals, came to an end at a final gala held in Dar
es Salaam Friday night.
It followed months of stiff struggle
by contesters from Zanzibar and Tanzania mainland’s regions of
Mwanza and Dar es Salaam where talent searching was conducted.
This was the second time in a row for
the company to run the competition through its brand name Star Times
and Star Swahili Channel. Last year a cohort of 10 Tanzanians also
won the same and some now are employees of the company at its
headquarters in Beijing, China.
Last year, the Star Times Group held
the first Star TV Drama Dubbing Contest in Tanzania and chose
potential contestants to work in China.
In her opening speech during the gala,
Star Media Tanzania Vice President Zuhura Hanif said last year’s
finalists have had the chance to attend various international
exhibitions and forums where they showcased Swahili culture.
“This is a way to promote Swahili but
also a kind of support that our company offers to help curb
unemployment which is a big problem worldwide because the
winners are employed directly at our company headquarters,” she
She said the company is working on how
to reach various regions during talent search to ensure a huge
number of Tanzanians participate contrary to currently where they
only choose in three places.
The winners were also awarded various
gifts including television sets and cellphones.