Mindef Rewards Five Soldiers For Composing Covid-19 Sensitization Songs
Five military musicians have been awarded prizes by the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in Charge of Defence, Beti Assomo Joseph, during a solemn ceremony on the 18th of May 2020, in the Hall of Acts of the Ministry of Defence. This award comes on the heels of a musical competition organized by the Ministry of Defence on the 13th of April 2020, with the objective of sensitizing the troops and the population on the dangers of the deadly pandemic, COVID 19.
From the start of the competition, 39 artists were on the roll under the scrutiny of 11 judges headed by the Director of Sports, Artistic and Cultural Affairs. Five of the artists were selected as winners of the competition.
Going by the selection, Staff Sergeant Assola Misongui, popularly known as Martial Becker, author of the song ‘Supporter’, was ranked first. Closely followed was the orchestra of the Music squadron of the National Gendarmerie, created in 1986. Senior Warrant Officer, Tefe’e Jean Louis from the Presidential Guard, founder of the music group ‘les Legionnaires’ occupied the 3rd position. The Saxophonist 2cl Soldier, Bika Bika Euloge Kristel came close in the 4 position, while the 4th Command and Support Battalion closed the roll of laureates in the 5th position.
During this prize award ceremony, the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in Charge of Defence, Beti Assomo Joseph, congratulated and appreciated the efforts of these 5 laureates. He also spoke on the importance of music as he recalled some military musicians of the time like the Zangalewa. He went further to declare them henceforth, flag bearers of the Ministry of Defence and who would be called upon to serve anytime need be. Minister Beti Assomo did not fail to congratulate the Military and civilian Doctors, medical teams, technicians within the different structures of the Defence Forces, as well as the relentless efforts of the Communication Division of the Ministry of Defence for their unflinching support towards the fight against Covid-19.
Present during the ceremony were; the Secretaries of State in charge of the National Gendarmerie, Ex-service Men and War victims, the Defence Chief of staff, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Defence and representatives of the Ministry of Communication and that of Arts and Culture.