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Mike laughs home with Mentor IV and decides on “How I’ll spend the GH¢10,000 prize money”

By James Harry Obeng


None of the entertainment seekers, lovers, families, media men as well as critics who defied the late-hour downpour that hit the city of Accra last Sunday to watch Michael Kesse Frimpong (Mike) cruise his way to rule the microphone at the finals of TV3’s Zain-sponsored Mentor Reality Show at the National Theatre would raise any murmur for very obvious reasons.


The passion, character and solemnity with which Mike secured his stay throughout the thirteen weeks of the competition had endeared him to the followers of the show who would not write him off easily for the ultimate, but would continue to vote for him each week.


Watching Mike wield the microphone to perform on-stage could be such a memorable experience to ever relish as one is always assured of his waist-winding techniques and scintillating pirouettes, at times mindless of how lacerating some remarks by the show’s judges and other critics could mean to his emotions. Thus, Mike simply does showbiz like it is nobody’s business.


And whenever it mattered most in showmanship throughout the competition, Mike had also courted the spotlight onto himself to the admiration of judges Mark Okraku-Mantey and Dominic Ansah-Asare, who would also not shudder in their responsibilities to give him the morale-boosting thumbs up when necessary.


However, Mike tells The Spectator in an exclusive interview shortly after his triumph as the winner of the fourth edition of the Mentor Reality Show about the magic behind his success story and how he intends to spend his GH¢ 10,000 prize money.


“Many people don’t know that I’d tried several times to make it to Mentor but all of which I failed to qualify”, he said, revealing that the magic behind his winning the Mentor IV competition was “perseverance, prayers, confidence and serious rehearsals”.


Mike who failed to qualify to enter the Mentor Reality Show since its inception on two counts, viz Mentor II and Mentor III had also petered out with his four-some group, the Shades, in the fifth week of Gang Starz, another TV3-organised Reality Show.


He recounted how disheartened he was when he was ‘sacked’ from the preliminary stages of the regional screening of contestants for Mentor II in 2006, saying he still remembered a remark made by judge Mark when he (Mike) told him to come back the next day to determine his fate.


 “The next day tension gripped me to the extent that I couldn’t sing the beginning of Bobby Valentino’s Slow Down, he said, emphasizing thereafter the verbatim words that judge Mark uttered: “If I was the one who told you yesterday to come today, then I made a big mistake”.



Nevertheless, none of the foregoing ‘morale-dampening’ developments could draw him from becoming GH¢ 10,000 rich today, ‘something I never thought could come to me at a go like this’.


The first of three siblings of Mr and Mrs Allotey, twenty-two (22) year old Mike hails from Kwahu Pepease in the Eastern Region, but boasts of been raised at Asoredan ho at Dansoman in Accra where he now lives.


A product of Riss Memorial School at Dansoman, Mike entered the Nkawkaw Secondary School where he read Agricultural Science and completed in 2005.


With the desire to pursue a lifetime career in music, he gained admission to study music at the Methodist University in November last year. He, however, had to forgo the admission “momentarily because I qualified to Mentor IV that same time and looking at myself, I realised that music is 70 per cent of my talent which I have to pursue.”


 He adds: “So if there is anything I will use my prize money for, then it will be going back to the university to learn music because I also have a free recording deal as part of the winning package”.


Mike, whose favourite artistes on the local front are Praye and Wutah, is currently working on a solo, titled Oh Yes, ahead of his recording contract with Zain Telecommunications.mike-greater-accra


May 2, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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