Talented teen overjoyed at chance to study overseas

Unathi Jongihlathi

AN Eastern Cape teenager’s dream to study overseas has come true after she won the music category of an international teen talent competition held at Lee University in Cleveland.

Ntlantla Swana, a Grade 11 pupil at Clarendon High School for Girls in East London, represented Africa.

The 17-year-old had no high expectations before jetting off to the US because she feared being disappointed even though her parents were very supportive.

“When my name was called out I could not believe it. I was overwhelmed, excited and very proud. I didn’t know what was really going on and I started running to the stage,” the joyful teenager said.

Ntlanta, a first-time entrant in the competition which has been going for 20 years, won the music category in the university’s teen talent programme in which she played the electric keyboard. This resulted in an overall second position which earned her the scholarship.

Ntlantla’s father, Pastor Leonard Swana of the Full Gospel Church of God, said: “We watched television from 2am until 4am on Saturday to check how our daughter would perform. When it came to the music category, we were so tense in the house and then the judges announced the winners, and Ntlantla’s name was called.

“We could not contain our excitement, we were overjoyed. It is a dream come true for Ntlantla, who has always dreamt of studying overseas.”

Ntlantla recorded her first gospel single at Eastern Cape Audio Visual Centre Studios. The centre will assist her in releasing her debut single digitally online, as part of Eastern Cape Music Showcase programme.

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