Saturday, 3 October 2009
Mike Anyazodor, last Sunday, emerged winner of season two of the MTN Project Fame West Africa. The grand finale, which held amidst thrills and excitement at the Ultima Studio Limited, Lagos, saw Anyazodor winning the coveted prize of N2.5 million, a Toyota RAV 4 and a year recording contract by polling more votes from viewers across West Africa to beat the other finalists such as Nicholas Builgar, Tomiwa Sangonuga, Krimi Johnson and Madonna Robinson. Builgar, the first runner-up, won N1.5million and a Toyota Corolla, Sangonuga, the second runner-up, smiled home with N1million and a Toyota Yaris, while Johnson, the third runner-up got N1million. Anyazodor, whose was very excited after being declared the winner of the show, expressed delight for emerging the overall winner of a prize thousands of youths had sought after, saying, “ winning the show is the greatest thing that has happened to him.” The 26-year-old undergraduate of Ambose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State has been a very strong contender in the academy, and his talent and vocal dexterity had experienced a remarkable fine-tuning under the guidance and coaching of the faculty, which comprised award winning actress, Joke Silva, as the principal; music expert and leader of the Adrenalin band, Ben Ogbeiwi as the music director; singer and voice expert Dupe Ige, as the vocal coach; Zara Udofia, the dance instructor and Kayode Ogundepo, the Fitness Instructor. The second season started with an opening gala on July 19, with 15 contestants — Samenta Morris (Liberia), Madonna Robbinson (Nigeria), Tomiwa Sangonuga (Nigeria), Franca Krimi Johnson (Nigeria), Jennifer Esiri (Nigeria), Denise Williams (Ghana), Anis Halowey (Seirra Leone), Savanna Peters (Nigeria), David Omodunmiju (Nigeria), Zoe Okafor (Nigeria), Mike Anyasodo (Nigeria), Damilola Kajejaiye (Nigeria), Nicholas Builgar (Liberia), Desmond Ami (Nigeria) and Tari Tebepah (Nigeria) — selected from various regional auditions across West Africa. They were admitted into the academy, where they were camped for 10 weeks and groomed in the various aspects of musical performances and other elements of stardom. The contestants were reduced to five finalists following the several weekly live contests which saw the eviction of 10 contestants, including the recent elimination of Omodunmiju during previous weekend’s elimination show. The closing Gala show, which was filled with various exciting activities, including musical performance from popular musical artistes like DJ Zeez, winner of the maiden edition of MTN Project Fame West Africa, Inyanya Mbuk, as well as stunning performances by the 15 contestants who got into the academy.
...And Jon picks the Naija sings diadem
John Ogah Jon is the winner of the maiden edition of of Naija Sings. Fourteen young Nigerians, who believe in themselves to translate their dreams to reality through the platform provided by the talent hunt contest, participated.
He beat Margaret Ebidighi Tamara and Tarila Isowo Freeman Tarila for the $100,000 at stake and the opportunity of a lifetime… a recording contract with Storm 360 and a lifetime opportunity to mount the stage and perform at one of the global music award shows, the Channel O Music Award.
Tamara is from Lagos zone and a 200 Level Business Administration student of the University of Lagos. Tarila was working with an NGO and combining it with part-time schooling, while Jon, an Economics student of the University of Abuja, came into the show through the Abuja auditions.
Produced by Storm 360 Ltd and Never Machine, Naija Sings held auditions in seven cities (Abuja, Bauchi, Calabar, Enugu, Jos, Kaduna and Lagos) from which it pulled 14 finalists for the final contest.
In line with MNet’s fresh approach to the show, Naija Sings do not have audition judges, so there is no nerve-wracking wait to hear the judges’ comments at the end of each performance. In its place are guests artistes who are on set every week to comment on performances. Members of the audience are also given the grace to say a thing or two about the contestants’ performances, but the ultimate decider of the contestants’ fate is the viewer at home who votes regularly to sustain his favourite.