Bharti Airtel and Trace International has crowned Benjamin Webi as the winner of the Airtel TRACE Music Star competition, Kenya edition.
The singing competition which started on 5th October 2014 is the first of its kind that gave an opportunity for thousands of Kenyan youth to compete by simply calling in a short code number to submit their entries.
The fiercely contested finale, which garnered a record viewership, saw Phyllis Mwihaki come in at a close second with Trina Mungai bagging the third position.
Benjamin Webi took home the first prize of over Kshs 2.7 million (Euro 25,000) in cash and an iPhone 6 Plus, while Phyllis who came in at a close second took home Kshs. 100,000 and an iPhone 6 Plus. Trina Mungai wrapped up the top three with a cash prize of Kshs. 50,000 and an iPhone 6.
With the win, Webi now gets a special ticket to represent Kenya against other contestants from 12 countries presence (Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Madagascar, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo B, DRC, Gabon) in the Airtel TRACE Music Star Pan African competition which is set to take place in March this year. The opportunity gives him a chance to compete for the overall grand prize which comprises of a recording deal with Kon Live, a distributed label through Universal Music Group, and an intense mentorship Programme with Akon in the United States of America.