Last Saturday Asher Zian Bam was crowned the winner of the “Port Alfred’s got Talent” competition, organised by the Westside Community Church as part of its fair.
Bam actually hails from the Jehovah Jireh Haven (JJH) in Alexandria.
The 19-year-old was informed about the talent competition from her friend, Ellen Forber, herself a regular visitor from The Netherlands who is also in charge of Nemato Foundation (Stichting Nemato in Holland) that is a charity aimed at improving the lives of the less privileged in the township. The Nemato Foundation is a supporter of JJH.
“I have known Asher since 2013 when she was just 13 years old,” said Forber.
“I saw her and the other kids grow up every time I came back to South Africa and I witnessed her grow up from a teenager to a woman.”
Forber saw her talent and told her that, if a talent show came about in the area, she must enter.
“So, when I saw the post on the Talk of the Town Facebook page calling for talent at the Westside Community Fair I immediately sent her a WhatsApp message from Holland and told her to apply,” said Forber. “And I am so very happy that she did.”
Forber knew that this was an excellent platform for others to see her talent and that, in turn, winning the competition could change her life and provide he with many more opportunities. She added that she knew Bam would win the talent show.
“I am so proud of her,” Forber said.
Bam was the last performer on the stage and sang two songs but, as she strummed the chords to the first the crowd went immediately quiet so they could listen to her voice. As the audience cheered and clapped it was obvious they had decided she was the winner.
Bam received the first prize of R1,000 but, more valuable, was the experience she gained along with confirmation that her talent could take her far and was appreciated by so many.