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KINGSTON, JAMAICA - Panos Caribbean has lauded its Voices for Climate Change Education artiste Oneil “Nazzle Man” Scott for his efforts which recently earned him victory in the Jamaica Festival Song Competition.
Nazzle Man came out ahead of nine other contestants, with his entry “No Weh Like Jamaica”, at the final of the competition, staged at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St. Andrew on Saturday night.
Pictured: Oneil ‘Nazzle Man’ Scott in performance at a Panos Caribbean event. (Photo Contributed)
“I’m really elated. I’m feeling great. I worked very hard for this and it has definitely paid off,” he told one local newspaper.
It was his fourth time entering the contest.
“The team here at Panos Caribbean is ecstatic over Nazzle Man’s victory,” said Petre Williams-Raynor, Country Director for Panos Caribbean, Jamaica.
“That he stuck with it these past years, refusing to quit until he had won the ultimate prize is testament to his character as a man and as an artiste. We congratulate him heartily,” she added.
PICTURED: Petre Williams-Raynor, on Nazzle Man: "That he stuck with it these past years, refusing to quit until he had won the ultimate prize is testament to his character, as a man and as an artiste". (Photo Contributed)
Nazzle Man has served Panos Caribbean’s Voices for Climate Change Education project with distinction for several years, always willing to make himself and his talent available in the best interest of advancing the message of the urgent need to respond to climate change.
Voices for Climate Change Education has been a flagship Panos project since inception in 2009.
In 2013, it partnered with the Meteorological Office of Jamaica to implement a part of the public education programme of the European Union Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction project.
In 2014, the Planning Institute of Jamaica supported the project in working in three vulnerable communities in Clarendon, St. Andrew and Manchester.
Last year, artistes from the project — Nazzle Man among them — lent their talents to the ‘1.5 To Stay Alive’ campaign, designed to raise awareness about climate change in the Caribbean while rallying support for the region’s climate negotiators at the international climate talks held in Paris in December.
Meanwhile, along with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission trophy, Nazzle Man won a cash prize of $500,000 and several gift baskets.
The Jamaica Festival Song Competition victory now under his belt, he is next expected to launch his EP called Get Ready.
“We have no doubt that Nazzle Man will succeed in this, and stand ready to support him in any way that we can,” Williams-Raynor said.
PICTURED: Voices for Climate Change Education artiste Oneil “Nazzle Man” Scott with a group of school children during a Panos Voices School Tour at Mile Gully Primary. (Photo Contributed)
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