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‘Voice To Fame’: How StarTimes Is Reinventing Local Content

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Lukmon Akintola

The saturation of the Nigerian entertainment scene by contents with similar themes has seen a growing yearning for fresh and unique programs.

From movies to music videos and even reality shows, it is the same serving, as creatives continue to churn out similar contents.

The need for producers to think out of the box and come out with world-class ideas saw StarTimes and VSkit, a social media application debuting a one of a kind reality show, Voice To Fame.

Voice To Fame is a unique reality show, a kind that has never been seen before its debut.  Currently showing on leading digital pay-TV network, StarTimes on Sundays on Orisun TV, ST Yoruba and Area TV at 8: 00 PM with a late broadcast on ST Dadinkowa at 9: 00 PM, it is garnering what will eventually become fanatical followership.

Devoid of anything typical, Voice To Fame, a proudly Nigerian content which takes credit for being the first pidgin English dubbing competition features notable faces in the movie industry including leading actors Femi Adebayo, who is the host; Mide Martins, Charles Okocha popular as Igwe 2Pac, Nkechi Blessing and others.

Voice To Fame, which is a 13-episode show sees eight contestants competing against celebrities for a chance to win a grand prize of N2 million.

While the contest last, the competition will be hinged on the re-enactment of classic movies and TV plays, Rap battles and lip-sync taken from clips of movies and TV shows with a focus on vocal delivery and demonstrative facial expressions.

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A program in a class of its own, the reality show which is inspired by the duo notions of dubbing and acting connect with Nigerian audiences via a wonderful audio-visual feast with the most creative acting.

Actor, Yakubu Mohammed

Blending the successes of the most successful reality shows ever, its add-on is leveraging on their shortcomings and improving on it. Voice To Fame boast of clean visuals, audio, a highly inclusive audience that decide who is evicted and who stays on the show; it is devoid of the desperation to win at all cost, as there is an existing feeling of love, understanding, and togetherness among the contestants.

An engaging show, it also bridges the gap established by contents tagged elitist, as it creates a platform for both semi-literate and illiterate audiences who feel a sense of belonging that Voice To Fame is their show through the language of communication, Pidgin English.

Debuting with contestants such as Flora, D Machine, Nkechi Blessing and Empress Jojo, the debut episode saw Flora as the first casualty of the show reducing the contestants to three and creating room for a celebrity entrance in Kannywood star, Yakubu Mohammed.

Flora’s eviction was followed by that of D Machine in the second episode. D Machine got evicted despite giving it his all. For Kannywood star, Mohammed, it was a case of escaping by the whiskers, having escaped eviction ahead of D Machine with just one vote. The third episode of the show which aired on Sunday, August 11, saw the introduction of Richy. Almost a physical replica of the evicted Flora, Richy gave the show her all dubbing her video and getting an ovation from the audience. However, it wasn’t enough to save her, as she was the contestant with the least vote, paving the way for her exit from the show.

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A show where evicted contestants can return when voted back by the audience, Voice To Fame also allows winning big by downloading the VSkit application and contesting in the VSkit online short film contest where the film with the most likes stand the chance to win the latest Huawei phone, Huawei Y9 Prime 2019. For the contestants, the winning also continues as any with the highest number of vote stands a chance to win the StarTimes 55 inches television, hence the show remains engaging at all times.

Sponsored by VSkit, Viju Milk, Heritage Bank, and Opera News, the next couple of weeks will see Nigerians being treated to pure bliss via the Voice To Fame reality show available to all of the leading digital pay-TV network, StarTimes.

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F*ck Your Culture, Tonto Dikeh Tells Youths Protesting Against Bobrisky

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A recent protest by some Nigerian youths in Abuja under the agies of National Youths Council of Nigeria (NYC), has been criticised by thespian Tonto Dikeh.

Reacting to the protest against Bobrisky in which the youths called on the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and the Department of State Services (DSS) to stop the popular cross-dresser and his likes from rubbishing the country’s pride and image, Tonto Dikeh said it was the handiwork of idle minds.

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Commenting on the actions of the Vice President of NYCN (North Central Zone), Mukhtar Jebba who described the activities of Bobrisky as “ungodly, unhealthy and disgusting,” Tonto Dikeh said it was shameful that despite the daily collapse of the country, some youth can still find time to stage a paid protest against Bobrisky.

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Getting Body-shamed Doesn’t Move Me, Says Actress Oby Okeke

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Nollywood actress, Oby Okeke, has revealed that body-shamming does not move her.

The actress posted this in an Instagram post while addressing to trolls.

Advocating for self-love, the Nollywood actress added that she gets upset when she gets DMs and calls from people whining about being depressed when its all linked to the feeling of being inferior over their body size.

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Anybody who knows me to well know that BODY SHAMING ME DIRECTLY or INDIRECTLY doesn’t move me. Yes, am an emotional person but that part NO DEY WORK! Truly I had to do this to help a lot of people. Everyday I get CALLS, DMs, SMS, WHATSPP, MESSENGERS etc with cry of DEPRESSION or a question of HOW DO YOU DO IT? And what’s causing the DEPRESSION? COMPLEX! INFERIORITY COMPLEX ABOUT THEIR BODY SIZE.

And I get so upset when they start with the whining part…MY DEAR, NOBODY WILL LOVE YOU IF YOU DON’T LOVE YOURSELF! I IFEOMA UZOAMAKA OGECHUKWU NNENNA EJEHI RACHAEL BOSE IYABO ARIYKE KEMI ELIZABETH MARIAIMMACULATE ONOME BEAUTY have NEVER wished to be like anybody.

There’s nothing in this world I want to wear that I cannot wear as long as I look at myself in the mirror and feels OK am set to go. Growing up have always had slimmer friends, sometimes am the youngest amongst us all or we’re all within the same age bracket but looks older because of my size, even the industry judged me same way not just me but every plussize person. Which one will I kill myself for? MY VOICE OR SIZE? None because have Always love me for ME.

I FLAUNT IT WHEN I CHOOSE AND HOW I CHOOSE TO. Have got HOT LEGS, MY EVER SWEET FACE, MY SEXY VOICE, MY FINE UNIQUE GAP TOOTH, MY MAN U, MY ARESNAL, GODDDDDDDD and someone is hating herself for her gift. Please Help them to appreciate themselves and ROCK THE WORLD

 

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Filthy Lair: Toyin Abraham Shutdown Lizzy Anjorin’s Claim She Gave Birth In A Traditional Hospital

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Thespian, Toyin Abraham, has shutdown claims by Lizzy Anjorin that she delivered her baby in a traditional medical hospital.

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Following the face off between the  actresses, Anjorin had in a video she released stated that Abraham delivered her baby in a traditional birth center and not in a London hospital as she claimed.

 

Shutting down the lies, Abraham revealed that she actually gave birth to her child in a Lekki, Lagos-based hospital. She also stated that she never claimed to have had her child in London.

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Video: I had my baby in a hospital in Lekki- Toyin Abraham shuts down Liz Anjorin

A video released by Abraham’s publicist, Samuel Olatunji, has confirmed that indeed Abraham had her child in a Nigerian hospital and not a traditional birth center as claimed by Anjorin

Video: I had my baby in a hospital in Lekki- Toyin Abraham shuts down Liz Anjorin

Explaining why she decided to give birth to her child in Nigeria, Abraham said that she actually travelled out to give birth to her son but returned home because she wanted her family and friends around and she trusted the services of the hospital where she gave birth.

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