Ugandan siblings Esther and Ezekiel Mutesasira have been crowned the winners of the first edition of East Africa’s Got Talent in a contest that drew participation from four regional countries.
The singing duo won a cash prize of $50,000 (£40,000) in the Sunday night finale that had six contestants.
The other finalists were Comedic Dance Group (Uganda), Dance Alliance Network (Uganda), Jehovah Shalom Acapella (Uganda), Janella Tamara (Kenya), Spellcast (Kenya) and Inteyoberana cultural troupe (Rwanda)
Esther and Ezekiel’s rendition of Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey’s ‘when you believe’, won over judges and tweeters who commended them using the hashtag #EAGTFinale
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni sent his congratulation to the duo in a tweet soon after they were announced winners.
The competition is part of Got Talent franchise owned by English entertainment mogul Simon Cowell. It drew participation from Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and hosts Kenya.