THE mother of 11-year-old E-Wallet finalist Taonga Kanthungo has said they will keep on encouraging their daughter in her singing career and that they are very much ready to support her release a gospel album.
Taonga's mother Martha said this when the teenager revealed that she is set to release a gospel album soon.
"I am proud of her, she has not won the prize money but she has the talent. The entire family will be there to support her. She likes worshipping and she can make it in gospel music," said Martha, who, alongside her husband, watched her daughter's final E-Wallet performance.
Martha described the winners, 17-year-old Wakhumbachi Kaluwa and 29-year-old Guise Pemba as great talents.
But she said as much as she accepted the results, she felt the vision of the event has to clearly be spelt out.
"One of the judges pointed out that this show was about exposing talent but the other judges I felt their choice was only based on maturity and not talent. Next time this needs to be put out clearly otherwise I have no grudges at all with the winner," she said.
Taonga came close to grabbing the grand prize of K500,000 which went to Wakhumbachi.
The 11-year-old, who fainted at one point during the competition, said she believes in herself.
"God has his own way of doing things, today it was not meant to be my success. I am happy for Wakhumbachi. I am looking ahead to bringing out my own album. I have learnt a lot through E-Wallet and again, my talent has been exposed further through Calvary Family Church kids group and aunt Chimwemwe Mizaya has helped me build my voice," she said.
A Form One student at Bwaila Secondary School, Taonga wants to become a doctor alongside pursuing careers in music and acting. Meanwhile, Wakhumbachi, who got her prize money Monday said she will also give some money to Taonga for her bravery, pushing her all the way to the finale.