Gospel artist captures Mr. Bahamas United Nations title
Published: May 16, 2013
Popular Bahamian gospel recording artist Jonathan Farrington has done it again. He has added to his list of accomplishments by clinching the national title of Mr. Bahamas United Nations.
The win has earned the 24-year-old the right to represent The Bahamas at The United Nations Pageant and a chance at winning a $10,000 prize and travel opportunities to conduct charity work.
The United Nations Pageant’s principal objective is to identify and showcase the world’s best tourism cause ambassadors; those who have the skills, talents and personalities best-suited to promote their respective countries to further tourism, international goodwill and cultural harmony.
Winning the local leg of the pageant was quite a twist from Farrington’s usual gospel music path.
“When I read about the platform of this pageant which focuses on humanity and the international community and those issues that affect nations, rather than focusing on the physical body attributes, I was intrigued that this was something I too was conscious of and aware of,” said Farrington.
“I realized that their goal was pretty much in line with my mission as a gospel artist. What better way to get my music and message to an international audience than through this initiative,” he said.
Farrington is looking forward to representing The Bahamas at the international pageant in Cancun, Mexico in July. The results are based heavily on interviews. Each contestant has to speak in-depth on their cause for humanity and issues facing their country. There is also a national costume, formal and high fashion wear, and Farrington’s favorite segment — the talent competition.
“While I will be working with some of the best coaches to develop skills on stage to model fashion, which I’m not used to doing, I am very excited about the talent segment which is right in my element. This is where I expect to really give it my all and share my message and love with the world,” he said.
Farrington says he is also working with local coaches in speech and interviewing to sharpen his skills.
“While I’m accustomed to talking with judges and the media, I want to make sure I leave no stone unturned.”
Farrington has always shared the view that God gives people opportunities that come in various forms, and that it is up to them to walk out of the box to seize them.
“If you asked me a couple of months ago if I would enter a pageant my answer would have been a resounding no, but I’ve come to learn that sometimes the greatest opportunities for you to do what it is you love will cause you to step out of your comfort zone. The United Nations Pageant has definitely caused me to step into an element that I’ve never been in before, but I realize that it will provide one of the biggest platforms for me to impact the world, and for that alone I became determined to succeed at this chapter,” said Farrington.
As he gears up for the international pageant, Farrington said he’s confident and excited.
“I have a high level of expectancy that I can win. I am also looking to network with as many people as possible and share my Bahamian culture with others. I am going with an open mind to learn about the challenges and successes that other countries face.”
Farrington will take to the stage against 13 other competitors in his quest for the United Nations pageant title.