Welcome to our Monday weekly Nigerian entertainment news round up where we bring you reports on sizzling gists around entertainment and Nollywood; music, film and television.
This week we have rounded up news making waves from what’s new in talent show hunts to what Nollywood “bad boy” Jim Iyke is currently working on. So dig in and read on….It’s a great way to kick start your week.
Famous TV Talent Show Arrives Nigeria
It is offering the biggest prize-money ever in a Nigerian based talent hunt show. The winner of “The X-Factor Nigerian’ is slated to go home with a price money of £1, 000, 000. 00(One Million British Pounds Sterling).
X-Factor Nigeria is a reality TV program designed to discover new talents in the Nigeria entertainment industry that possesses that special and extra x-factor in their acts or talents.
The production is made possible by International Pageants and Films Limited, one of Nigeria’s leading entertainment and intellectual property asset company.
Toni Payne, 9nice’s Ex Wife Launches New Reality TV Series Set To Debut Today!
Titled ‘My ChamPayne Life’ Ms Payne’s show will mirror the life of an illustrious woman who has worked so hard to build a career.
When asked about the reality show she said, ‘As a public Relations Executive, socialist, Human Rights Activist, Role Model, on line Radio owner and above all a mother. My life is pretty complicated to meet the everyday challenge. Building a brand that is in demand is never easy; a broken down load of work to get to the peak of the business. Now I am a force to reckon with’.
Toni who has once managed artistes like rapper Olamide and pop singer Zara and still plies the trade with upcoming singer Adol and newbie Dencia is also involved in other projects such as her online radio and entertainment consultancy.
From her words, the show is likely to feature her son Zion ‘Above all as a mother…’
Pundits say ‘My Champayne Life’ could be similar to Kimora Lee Simmons’ ’Life in the Fab Lane‘. Kimora Lee just like Toni Payne was involved in a famed separation with ex-hubby Russell Simmons, the owner of popular record label Def Jam.
Producers say ‘My ChamPayne Life’ will air on television stations across the country and ‘is coming soon to MNET, UK and USA’.
Actor Enebeli Elebuwa is Battling For His Life
For ailing veteran actor, EnebeliElebuwa, all hope is not lost as there are indications that he would bounce back to life again.
He has been battling stroke, an illness that has left him bedridden and incapacitated for more than six months now.
In a brief telephone chat with a reporter, the ailing actor muted “I’m battling for my life. I don’t want to make my illness a public issue any more. I’m in a hospital, in Surulere area of Lagos.”
Enebeli Elebuwa & Segun Arinze
Earlier this week, reports had it that the actor’s health is getting worse by the day as he urgently needs prayers and support from all and sundry to stay alive. But speaking with HVP, Enebeli sounded optimistic and very hopeful that he would bounce back to life despite the odds. Though his voice was weak and inaudible on phone.
Enebeliwas first hospitalized at St Luke’s Hospital, Yaba, before he was later moved to St Tropez Hospital, Surulere, Lagos, where he’s currently receiving treatment. For a long time, nothing concrete has been heard about Enebeli’s health till now.
Not long ago, it was rumoured that the Delta State born actor was taken to a herbal home by his family to seek alternative solution, after his condition failed to improve significantly.
Outgoing National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria(AGN), SegunArinze during his visits to the ailing Elebuwa in the hospital, was quoted as saying that “I’m seriously concerned about current state of the thespian’s health.’
Arinze then mobilized his colleagues in the A-list cadre to raise funds for proper treatment and welfare of the actor.
According to news gathered that the Enebeli’s sickness has created more tension and fear among Nollywood practitioners, considering the rate at which prominent members of the industry have died in the last one year.
Famous Club Owner, Suzy Q Finally Laid To Rest
The remains of murdered night club owner Suzy Yusuf popularly known as Suzy Q, has finally been laid to rest.
She was buried on Friday, March 23, 2012 at Victoria Garden Cemetery, Lekki Expressway.
The burial which followed after a wake keep the previous day, had few t friends and family in attendance. Celebrities who wined and dined with the late club owner while alive, were conspicuously absent when her remains was committed to mother earth.
Reverend Fregene who presided over the burial service, admonished all present to remember that death is inevitable, hence the need to live worthy lives.
Susan was brutally stabbed to death by a lover on Friday, February 10 this year. And till her death, she was the owner of SQ Lounge situated on the Island. At the moment, the police is still trying to uncover who is behind her death as her original killer also died on the same day while trying to escape the scene of the murder.
However, singer, D’Prince who had a failed business deal with the late Suzy, was one of the people arrested for questioning over the murder case.
Karen Igho Pulls A Gathering Of BBA Amplified Edition
Big Brother Africa 2011 famous winner and popular entertainment personality, Karen Igho brings it on as she pulls a gathering of BBA Amplified edition Housemates to Nigeria in what could best be described as the ‘Baddest’ intercontinental celebrity and fans studded meet party of the decade themed; ‘Karen Igho Amplified!’.
Karen who would be a year older on Friday, April 6, 2012 will host family, friends, fans, associates and stakeholders from the entertainment industry to a drama-thrilled celebration experience on Friday, April 6, 2012 at Scintilla; Victoria Island, Lagos.
The celebration feature former BBA Amplified housemates such as Wendall Parson, (Karen’s co-winner from Zimbabwe), Luclay ‘Mr. Otono (S/Africa), Confidence (Ghana), WezaSolange (Angola), Lomwe (Malawi), Millicent Bonake (Kenya) MumbaMwakwa (Zambia), Bernadina Buys (Namibia) and their country counterparts from the BBA in active participation.
Notable highlights of the weekend long birthday celebration include;
A media tour with the BBA Amplified housemates and extensive charity visits to the SOS orphanage village at Isolo, Lagos State. Nigeria; Fashion show/debut of Karen’s Urban Street-wear line tagged ‘Karenified’
Auctions of some of Karen’s ‘winning & lucky charm’ outfits including the outfit she wore the day she was announced winner on BBA, the blue ‘luck’ dress she wore on all the eviction moments on BBA Amplified edition – this was the same outfit she wore to the Future Awards early in 2011 before featuring on the BBA show, Karen’s black Ed Hardy track suit, which she wore to BBA’s audition screening in Maryland, Lagos and other hot ‘raunchy’ dresses she wore during the TGIF parties thrown on Big Brother.
Proceeds generated through the auction and sales of Karen’s urban street-wear (T-shirts & Tank tops) will go to fund a charity cause as Karen wants to use the birthday celebration to identify with good causes and the less privileged.
Karen is also expected to officially reveal some details on her planned reality TV serial during the celebration, as she continues to bring ‘more dramatic’ moments to her fans and admirers around the world.
The Godfather of the day at the celebration is Chief Comrade Ateke Tom. We got top ‘gist’ going round that the fans/celebs studded party could spring up dramatic surprises and stunts from former BBA housemates as Lomwe is set to perform hit tracks from off his soon-to-be-released album-’Double Wowza’.
D’banj Joins Asa & Nneka On The Exclusive VEVO Website With Release Of Oliver Twist Video
As D’Banj continues to steer his ship away from the shores that bound his to his former Mo’Hits records partner, Don Jazzy, laurels continue to come his way.
The latest addition to his collection is his recent induction into the VEVO website.
His inclusion into the exclusive club was made possible with the release of video of his latest single ‘ Oliver Twist’. The video was uploaded on to the website on March 19.
VEVO is an international music video website, and D’banj will be the third Nigerian to have his music uploaded on this website after the likes of Asa and Nneka.
From findings, VEVO only accepts and uploads music from internationally acclaimed record labels such as Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and EMI. Once a video is uploaded on this very web, Google and VEVO both have the honour of sharing the advertising revenue.
Born Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, D’banj also known as the Kokomaster, released his debut album “No long thing in 2005, revolutionizing the Nigerian music scene, his follow up albums include Rundown/Funk you up in 2006 and “The Entertainer” in 2008. His 2010 singles “Mr Endowed” and “Scapegoat” are on every music playlist across the continent of Africa.
His most recent work, Oliver Twist is still hot in the air thus, fetching him a worthy space on VEVO.
Portia Yamahan Is Producing Her First Sitcom Titled ‘You And I’
Matinee ran into popular actress, Portia Yamahan who talked about what she is doing at the moment. It would be recalled that Portia Yamahan featured in the latest Super Story series titled, ‘Sister, sister’. She had this to say to Matinee. Enjoy!
‘Well, I am on location shooting. I am producing my first sitcom titled ‘You and I’. We have been on set for over 21days already! It is a sitcom centred on everyday people; some of them are our neighbours, colleagues and our daily lifestyles.
Believe me when I say I have the best cast and crew put together. It is entertaining and educative from the stables of Digital Interactive Media (DIM), producers of ‘The Next Movie Star, Supermom, D8, Excite on TV, and Groove on TV.
Some of the cast on set are Kingsley Ogboso, Daniel Christopher, Tamara Eteimo, Wisdom Macaulay and the last, but not the least is my humble self, Portia Yahaman, acting as Dora and the producer of the Sitcoms’.
20 Years Of Nollywood And Producers Seek Five Billion Naira To Rebrand The Industry
As the Nigeria home video industry otherwise known as Nollywood hits 20 years, movie producers in the country are seeking a five billion Naira financial war chest to reposition the industry.
If repackaged, Nollywood, the third biggest movie industry in the world after Hollywood (USA) and Bollywood (India), could be a big revenue earner for the government, practitioners and other stakeholders, said Mr Zik Zulu Okafor, president, Association of Movie Producers, Nigeria (AMP).
Zik Zulu Okafor
Okafor says currently some foreigners believe they could earn one million dollars per day watching Nollywood. He sought the support of all stakeholders including the media to reposition the industry.
“By September 2012, Nollywood will be 20 years old. We have to celebrate it. At 20, Nollywood must be able to arrest the attention of the world. That is why we coming with a programme. We call it: ‘Nollywood: two billion eyes on Nigeria.’ We must be able to put down N5 billion to repackage Nollywood, which currently employs two million people in Nigeria,” he said.
According to Okafor, whose team was elected in December 2011, “our vision is to do things right, set up revenue earners like galleria so that Nollywood people will earn a living. We are already telling the story of the mystery called Nollywood abroad and some foreigners believe they can earn $1 million a day watching Nollywood. So, they are interested.
With Okafor during the visit were LilianUchenna, Amah-Aluko (vice president), Mike Nliam (treasurer), Dan-Chris Ebie (publicity secretary) and Neville Ossai.
Receiving the team, Editor of Vanguard, Mr. MidenoBayagbon, who led other senior editorial staff, assured the AMP of fruitful partnership in its efforts to repackage Nollywood.
Jim Iyke Returns To CameroonTo Shoot His Own Movie “Blood and Wine”
A month after Nollywood bad boy actor Jim Iyke was injured by his Cameroonian female fans while on a movie set, the actor has returned to that country again and this time, he is there to shoot his own movie.
We gathered that work on the flick titled “Blood and Wine”commenced in earnest few days ago, in Duala.
Actress UcheJombo is starring alongside Jim Iyke in the movie.
Speaking on the movie, Jim said “the shooting will be in Limbe, Buea, and Douala. It’s a romantic thriller from the stable of my production company called Untamed Production. I came with a crew of six from Naija and the rest of the cast and crew will be Cameroonians.”
Chidi Mokeme Quitting Bachelorhood?
If the rumour making the rounds is anything to go by, then, actor Chidi Mokeme who recently turned 40, will soon begin his journey into matrimony.
Chidi is said to have finally picked April 27, for his wedding.
Meanwhile, this becomes necessary just as fans and foes have not stopped urging the handsome actor to take a bold step to change his status. The actor has romantically been linked with several ladies within and outside Nollywood.
For some time now, expectations have been very high, as admirers of the talented actor can’t wait to see their screen idol walk down the aisle.
Chidi reportedly met the love of his life few months back and since then, the romance has been waxing stronger and stronger.
Our source hinted that the charming angel whose name is still under wraps is the happiest woman in the world at the moment.
Wande Coal, Flavour, Sound Sultan, Kay Cee Of The KC PreshFame, Duncan Mighty & More…Unplugged Harp Rhythm Unplugged In Port Harcourt
It was the third in the series of the Harp sponsored Rhythm Unplugged comedy/music concerts and the venue was the high brow Presidential Hotels in Port-Harcourt.
With great names like Wande Coal, Flavour, Sound Sultan, Kay Cee of the KC Presh fame, Duncan Mighty, AY, Gordons, W4 and I Go Dye on the line, Port Harcourt had great fun, a forth night ago.
Sound Sultan, the Jagbadantis master set the ball rolling with his delivery and when he pitched with the hit song Orobo, the crowd screamed out their delight with cat calls and whistles.
Flavour didn’t disappoint as he took the audience on a merry go round dipping into his musical arsenal to arouse and caress crowd with his songs.
From Na’bania through Nwa Baby, he finally anchored the night on his famous hit song Oyi. It was ecstatic.
Home boy, Duncan Mighty who had arrived the venue in cloud of aides went about the show in a business manner. And deliver he did and with his usual Port Harcourt swag.
Wande Coal was just awesome as he reeled out tracks after tracks of his hit songs. With the ladies swooning and screaming, Wande was at his ultimate best as he treated the Port Harcourt crowd like royalty.
In all, it was a good show and money worth for those who came.
The first Harp sponsored Rhythm Unplugged held last year in Abuja and in spite of the fear of the deadly BokoHaram sect and their threat to bomb strategic spots in the nation’s capital city, the show was a resounding success.
That success story seemed to have spurred the Cecil Hammond led Flytime Entertainment, organisers of the show to unleash on the Lagos audience, the best of A-list musicians and comedians.
Dubbed the Mother of All Shows ‘ Rhythm Unplugged’ held two separate editions for music and comedy.
The Lagos leg of the event, which was tagged ‘The biggest comedy festival ever’ was held December 18 at the exquisite Eko Hotel and Towers, Victoria Island in Lagos.
Internationally acclaimed comedians Ndumiso and LoyisoGol from South Africa were imported to add more spice to the night of comedy.
Apart from some of the world class comedians, the organisers also lined up amongst others Basket Mouth Gordons, I Go Dye, Bovi and Buchi.
And the very next Saturday at the Oceanview restaurant, some of the best musicians were on hand to blow away a sold out crowd.
The list was awesome and paraded big names like Timaya. P-Square, Ice Prince, Shina Peters, Whizkid, Tiwa Savage, Sound Sultan and Wande Coal.
AY and Ik of the Big Brother Africa fame anchored the music concert.
2010 Winner Of BBA Uti Nwachukwu Makes Nollywood Debut
Winner of the 2010 edition of the biggest Africa’s reality TV show, Big Brother Africa, UtiNwachukwu has finally made his debut in Nollywood. He starred in Elvis Chuks’ all-star movie titled “True Citizens.”
The movie is due to hit the cinemas on Friday, April 6.
Starring UtiNwachukwu , Alex Usifo, Brian Okwara, (Ex Mr. Nigeria), ClarethOnukogu, (Miss Nigeria U.S.A), KenethOkolie (Mr World 2nd Runner Up), Clara Iweh (Face of Unveil) and Melvin Odua (Mr Nigeria 2011, 1st Runner Up) amongst many other actors, the premiere is part of activities to mark the Easter celebration.
The movie reflects the spirit of the true citizens who can make it through dint of hardwork instead of meddling in illegal practice. “True Citizens” is a movie that centers on youths, their dreams, aspirations and objectives in life.
Also, the movie is set to attract a lot of interest because of the graceful appearances of such stars as Bryan Okwara who impressed in the movie “I’ll Take My Chances” and UtiNwachukwu, who has been enjoying a lot of media attention, two years after winning the prestigious BBA All star prize.
Steph-Nora Okere Debuts With TV Talk Show “The Lounge”
Sultry actress Steph-Nora Okere who has been off from the screen for sometimes now is set to launch a TV Talk Show.
It’s called “The Lounge” and it’s a docu-interview TV show that showcases patriots in Nigeria and their contributions towards the growth of the country.
In one of her interviews, the talented actress said the show is aimed primarily at celebrating idols and role models from all walks of life. It is also meant to help give our youths, who are fast derailing, a sense of direction and belongings.
It will start airing soon, and reportedly will be syndicated to many other partners in the United States and United Kingdom.
Uche Jombo Debuts With Talent Hunt Reality Show “Nollywood Star” Search In The UK
Top Nollywood actress UcheJombo whose trilogy “Damage” still making waves in the cinemas has done it again. The actress has debuted with a talent hunt reality show better known as Nollywood Star Search, in far away UK.
She is facilitating the project in collaboration with Nollywood Uncut.
Source close to the actress said the programme is open to all Nigerians, Africans as well as Afro- Carribean nationals. Auditions start in April/May 2012.
The source further revealed that the winner of the competition will get a lead role in a movie to be produced by UcheJombo’s studio and directed by Desmond Elliot in the summer of 2012.
As consolation prizes, five other participants will get smaller roles in the movie.
The reality show, in a statement by the organisers is geared towards affording participants the great opportunity to become stars and feature alongside other Nollywood greats in a mainstream Nollywood film.
Nollywood Uncut (best Nollywood website 2011 winner) is partnering UcheJombo studios to create this opportunity. Jombo who won the Actress of the Year award at the annual Exquisite Magazine Lady of the Year award in 2011, is a writer, producer and actress.
Faze Resurfaces With A New Look In Anticipation Of Release Of His New Album “Refazed”
After going under for a while, he suddenly reappeared with a new look – took off his short dreadlocks for the conventional low cut.
Afterward last year, he dropped two new singles, Nkem and I’m In The Mood off his upcoming album, Refazed.
And now, the slender singer has been working hard to drop God-knows which other single there is or probably the whole album.
Although he refused to open up on what he is up to Showtime spotted the singer at different locations around Festac Town where he’s been having his video shoot.
Since he started the shoot, Festac residents where he also resides, have been having the fun of their lives, as they watch him and his beautiful dancers do justice to his new music every time the tapes rolls.
Approached to get a feel of what video he’s shooting in his upcoming album Refazed, he simply replied “I’ll get back to you. As you see for yourself, I’ve been very busy shooting.
I don’t want to talk about anything. I know I’m not ready for you at the moment. I’m under pressure. Please, I’ll call you later whenever I’m ready to talk.”
Whizkid, Omawumi Up For The Abuja Young Entrepreneurs Awards
As the nation’s capital, Abuja gets ready for the maiden edition of The Abuja Young Entrepreneurs Awards (AYEA), organized by Fusion Lifestyle Limited and billed for Friday 20th, April, at the International Conference Center, FCT, the organizers are working round the clock to ensure the event lives up to its expectation.
The awards aim to recognize, motivate and celebrate young outstanding business owners in the FCT who have distinguished themselves among their contemporaries.
In all, there will be 11 categories of awards going out to outstanding individuals. Also, three other individuals will be honoured for their outstanding entrepreneurial skills and philanthropy.
Described as a night of glamour and entertainment, the event will be hosted by Matilda Duncan of Rhythm FM and Ebuka Obi-Uchendu of Big Brother fame.
It will also feature musical performances by top musicians like WhizKid, Omawumi as well as upcoming Abuja artistes.
There will also be comedy by popular comedian, Chigurl and Ajebo and a fashion show by the Fashion and Style nominees, Dzyn Couture, House of Farrah, Ms. Makor, Reedas and Serendipity.
Speaking on the event, a key member of the team, SamiahOyekan said ‘’there is so much excitement about this event, many youths are looking forward to it. We want to assure all of them that it will be entertaining and fulfilling”
Ice Prince “The Magician” Music Video Reggae Chart Topper Gyptian And Produced By Jesse Jagz Is Out On TV Networks
“The Magician” the music video from Africa’s most-requested artist, Ice Prince, featuring reggae chart topper Gyptian and produced by Jesse Jagz is out and sizzling on TV networks.
The hit single “Magician” was originally released as part of Ice Prince’s debut album, E.L.I. “Everybody Loves Ice Prince”, in October 2011.
It was shortly thereafter that Spinlet partnered with Chocolate City in Nigeria and learned Ice Prince had an interest in working with Gyptian in some format.
At that time, Spinlet was also in talks with VP records (Queens, New York) to bring their massive reggae catalog to the Spinlet service.
Because of their relationship with both parties, Spinlet was able to confirm Gyptian’s participation; one of Jamaica’s hottest R&B/Reggae stars who’s achieved mainstream success, to add his own verses to Ice Prince’s song.
“It is a pleasure for Spinlet to work with such accomplished artistes from two separate countries from different genres whose styles blend so well,” says Spinlet CEO Eric Idiahi.
“This song has great potential to succeed, with two high profile players involved, Ice Prince (artist/writer) and Jesse Jagz (producer), both signed to Chocolate City, that’s why we chose this to be the first in our sponsored song/video collaboration.
Bringing in Gyptian as part of the re-mix supports Spinlet’s initiative to promote the work of Jamaican artists throughout Africa, and in creative ways exposing them to a new market with massive revenue potential,” say Spinlet CMO Mark Redguard.
The video was shot by one of the most respected directors in the Nigerian Music Video scene, Clarence Peters. Filmed in Lagos at KOGA studios, the video had five sets and is done in a 360-circle fashion.
Nigeria’s First International Female Talking Drummer, Ara Becomes Water Ambassador
One of Nigeria’s finest performers and first female talking drummer of international repute, Ara made another headline in far away New York City, when she was made the Melody Ambassador for Water by Melody For Dialogue Among Civilized Association, an organization affiliated to UNESCO and UN on the world water day at the Merkin Kaufman concert hall.
At the well attended ceremony with representatives from the UNESCO headquarters in France, UN office in New York, Ara was eulogized as a woman who broke away with traditions and norms of limitation usually imposed on women from all parts of the world.
Apart from this, Ara is seen as a bringer of comfort and happiness to the children and women in her native Nigeria through her NGO called Ara Passion Project.
As the water ambassador, her office covers the entire world starting from her Native Nigeria.
she is expected to educate and raise awareness on the need for accesibility and sustainability of clean water in all parts of the world.
She is to communicate with world leaders on the need for the earth to be a haven for children and need for portable water as a right for all citizens of the world.
As part of her trip to the US, she’s meeting with the ambassador of Nigeria to the United States of America, HE Ade Adefuye, the Director of the UNESCO office in New York and an eventual recording with the human beat box, Douge Fresh.
No Competition Between Wizkid And Myself – Davido
It’s unforgivable if you are a club regular and you don’t know the wonder boy Davido that brought us Damiduro. He is a talented songwriter and singer who is still reeling from his impact with lime light. Yet, many industry watchers insist that his coming at this time is deliberate; possibly strategic, to counter a monopoly currently being enjoyed by the reigning young artist – Wizkid.
Davido according to the look of these comparisons has chased Wizkid into his class of fame, money and perhaps women. Their music race along the same genre. They both have well developed penning skills that leaves them twisting yoruba words beautifully together before sprinkling them most creatively down their song lines.
Davido & Wizkid
Like Wizkid, Davido has gotten his own fair share of controversies especially as it concerns love and women. A case is the ‘bad girl picture gone viral’ which many say had further helped push the young singer into the face of the media.
Yet each time Davido is confronted with this question from entertainment journalists and blogs, his answer is a firm No. In his words “There is no competition between me and Wizkid. I’m actually with him most of the time. We sometimes talk about it, laugh about it; we go on twitter and look at blogs.
I don’t know why people weigh us together. I don’t believe in turn by turn; Why can’ Wizkid have a number one song in Abuja and I have another one in Port Harcourt or somewhere else and everyone carries it together; no competition as such. I see him as a colleague, maybe if I didn’t know him personally; but I do. We are even planning some things together, so cool.”
It’s a reply many have taken with a pinch of salt. Already, there is inside talk that an album is in the cooking for the young celebrity which will be unveiled at a mind blowing event similar to the one held for Wizkid at his superstar album launch last year at the Expo hall of the Eko Hotel and suites in Lagos. There will be series of collaborations which will be featured strongly in the album. One of which should be with Wizkid himself.
Call it a test of might but this is one unconscious rivalry, everyone one in the business of entertainment reporting anxiously waits to see if it eventually unfolds.
FelaPalava! Afrobeat Legend Comes To Life As Final 3 Nigerian Idol Contestants Do Musical Battle
It was a night of unending excitement and a walk down memory lane as Nigerian Idol’s final 3 performed Nigerian songs including songs from Afrobeat legend, FelaAnikulapoKuti. As Najite took her final bow on the competition earlier in the week, Mercy, Joe Blue and Stephen were the remaining contenders for the Idol title. Added to the list of the judges for the night was Grammy-nominated artiste, Femi AnikulapoKuti. Guest performers for the night were Jesse Jags and Black Magic who wowed the audience with individual performances.
“It is true when they say time flies when you are having lots of fun,” Project manager TiwaMedubi highlighted. “It has been an incredibly hectic few months and suddenly a star will be unveiled, this what we all have been waiting for from the first day. We wish the remaining contestants all the best, they deserve to win,”she added.
Stephen Onochie in performance
For the very first time on the Nigerian Idol stage, the performances were opened by the Top 3 contestants with a group song; “Water” by FelaAnikulapoKuti. The last girl standing, Mercy started the contest proper with her rendition of Victor Uwaifo’s ‘Joromi’. It was an exotic display of her vocal dexterity. She later rounded up her performance for the night with a superlative version of Fela’s song, ‘Zombie.’ Guest judge, Femi Kuti was so impressed that he rated her performance a triple A plus, mentioning that she reminded him of his grandmother and Fela’s mother, Funmilayo.
Next was Stephen Onochie, who entertained the audience with an energetic and choreographed performance of Flavour’s ‘Adanma.’ It was very evident that he brought his dancing shoes with him as he dazzled the audience with acrobatic steps in addition to his husky voice. For the second time that night, he performed another of Fela’s classics ‘Gentleman.’ His performance was given a pass by most of the judges.
To wrap up the first round of performances Joe Blue appeared in top form with his now legendary ‘Joe Pose’ as he teased the audience with the classic ‘Adaure.’ His last performance of the night was an elaborately orchestrated version of Fela’s immensely popular, ‘Palava’ bringing down the house with his very energetic and innovative performance.
It will be another week of edge-of-the-seat suspense as the Nigerian audience cast their votes for their favourite contestants. The result will be determined on Friday one last person leaves the Nigerian Idol stage forever.
According to www.nigerianidol.com, all episodes of the show can be found on the site as well as insider scoop and behind-the scenes pictures and footage.
The winner of Nigerian Idol will join an exclusive list of global Idol alumni, blazing musical trails in the international scene. Idol alumni around the world include American Idol’s Jordin Sparks, West African Idol’s Timi Dakolo and Nigerian Idol’s Yeka Onka.