lilianPopular Kalenjin gospel singer Lilian Rotich has turned down her Groove Awards nomination.

The former TV host had been nominated in the Rift Valley Counties Award category. She said that her reason for declining the nomination was to give other talented and emerging artists from the region space to grow.

On her Facebook page, the Inetkei hitmaker who has been nominated in the same category for the past 8 years, urged her fans to vote for other artistes nominated in the category.

She also acknowledged that the awards had “projected her ministry to the national and international platform”.

Here is her full statement:

“Dear Friends,

Greetings.

While in my short holiday in Mombasa, it has been brought to my knowledge that I was nominated last night at the groove awards as the Rift Valley counties artist of the year.

For the past 8 years running, I have been nominated in this category and even though I have NEVER won, I acknowledge that it has projected my ministry to the national and international platform.

However, I believe that there is so much talent in this region and specifically the Kalenjin community. I have participated in mentoring over 123 artists from the region and these talents are equally good with hunger to grow and bless souls.

I therefore take this opportunity to turn down the Groove 2016 Awards nomination & encourage everyone who has been supportive of my ministry to support and vote for other artists of their choice in the same category.

I also advise Groove Awards to spread their wings and reach out to these talented and emerging artists by nominating them in the future as there is no need of filling up a category slot that another dedicated, hardworking and talented artist would have won.

Otherwise, nawapenda Sana, I appreciate your Love and Support and keep praying for our Gospel fraternity. Standby for a new song that I will be releasing soon…(FishersofMen). Baraka Tele.”