Prior to the commencement of the show, MTN Project Fame, visited ten cities across West Africa in search of raw musical talents that can be refined into award-winning superstars. So, with eighteen (18) contestants making it this far, the race has just begun.
The evening witnessed a huge turn-out from the crème-de-la-crème of our society and the able sponsors of the show – MTN. One of the first surprises of the night what the rising Hosts, whose heads first appeared as they were slowly lifted from beneath the stage till they could walk majestically to the main stage. After a recap of the auditions, the main business of the night started with the judges assessment of the 18 with 12 contestants securing entry into the academy while they wanted to hear the other six contestants out again.
Before this six took to the stage, award winning R&B singer, Praiz who started off from the Project Fame stables in Season 1 stepped on stage to serenade the audience. His sonorous voice pierced the thin fabric of the evening air as he started off his performance. His presentation climaxed with his recent hit single ‘Rich and Famous’ which tells the story of the journey from being a rookie to a superstar. He concluded with profound gratitude to MTN, judges and the faculty.
Straight into the evening’s business, six contestants took turns to fight for the three spots left in the Project Fame Academy. Niniola Apata all looking fab in her liquid gold mono strap dress stepped on stage and blew everyone away with her rendition of Celine Dion’s version of ‘Natural Woman’. Gbemisola Rowland was next to grab the opportunity as she sang ‘Falling’ by Alicia Keys.
Next was Johnny Drille Ighodaro taking up the challenge with ‘Kiss from A Rose’ by Seal. His performance was indeed a beautiful one.
Bespectacled Daniel Chukwudi Ubido took to the
stage to do Craig David’s ‘Unbelievable’. Next was Veronica Ordu’s presentation of ‘My All’ by Mariah Carey. Olawale Ojo’s performance was a classic case of saving the best for last. He mounted the stage and blew everyone away with ‘No One’ by Alicia Keys.
While the judges deliberated on these performances, Iyanya-the kukere crooner took to the stage. This time not to ‘whine the waist’ but to everyone’s amazement, he did his debut single ‘Love truly’ and then went ahead to dazzle everyone with West Life’s ‘Flying without wings’. After this rendition, he left the stage leaving everyone yearning for more.
The moment of truth came as the six contestants walked up the stage to get the judges’ verdict on who would fill the last 3 places. In another opening gala surprise,the judges increased the number of places from 3 to 4 which allowed Gbemisola to narrowly escape elimination, while Veronica from Port Harcourt and Daniel from Ilorin’s journey sadly came to an end on this season’s Project Fame competition.
So, the announcement of the sixteenth contestant also birthed another pleasant surprise which is the doubling of the cash winnings. The winner of Project Fame West Africa Season Six will not be going home with 2.5 million naira like other seasons. This time it’s a whopping FIVE Million Naira, a fully-loaded, brand-new SUV, plus a recording contract worth several Millions of Naira, the first runner up will now go home with THREE million Naira and a spanking new mid-size salon car, the second runner up will walk away with TWO million Naira and a brand new salon Car, while
TWO million Naira for the third runner up.
With so much excitement in the air, the show came to an end marking the beginning of a great season ahead. As the hosts of the show, Joseph Benjamin and Adora Oleh bid farewell for the evening, the ‘kukere’ crooner took over the stage in his usual character wowing everyone with his hit tracks… Yes, the season has started. Have you discovered your favourite(s)? Have any of them won your heart? Let the show begin….