Friday, 13 February 2015

Nigerian Idol Season 5 Audition Concluded Nationwide


Franchise owners of Nigerian Idol, Optima Media Group (OMG) have announced the conclusion of the nationwide auditions for the leading TV music reality show which commenced a month ago in Benin City, Edo State.
This is coming following the successful staging last weekend of the last leg of the auditions at the company’s Dream Studios, Bamako Estate, adjacent Omole Phase 1.
The Nigerian Idol auditions train berthed in five designated Nigerian cities between January 10 and February 9, accompanied by the celebrity judges, the trio of Afrobeat sensation and Delta-born, Dede Mabiaku, renowned vocalist and Singer, Yinka Davies and R’n’B Hit maker, Dare ‘Art’ Alade alongside Show Presenter and AOP, Illsrhymz.
The auditions presented windows of opportunities for first-hand assessment of the thousands of youths with music talents who had thronged the respective venues to compete for places in the next phase of the competition. A total of 100 most outstanding contestants will be pooled from the auditions. After series of group performances to be hosted in Lagos, this number will further be pruned down towards arriving at the last final twelve.
“It was not a surprise to see the hundreds and thousands of immensely talented youngsters that turned up at the centres. We are glad to have created for them a global platform to showcase their music potentials,” stated Ugochi Pedro, Executive Director, OMG.
A remarkable highlight of the auditions was the award of flight ticket by the judges to Ameh Igiri, a contestant at the Abuja auditions. The 24 years-old Ediba native, in Cross River State had failed to scale the first screening hurdle at the Port Harcourt auditions a week earlier. Spurred on by some quiet confidence and sheer resilience, she travelled from her residence in Enugu State to the Abuja auditions courtesy of a friend who picked up the bill.

Ame was also the first contestant at the Abuja auditions to be awarded a Golden Ticket by the judges, thus making her one of the top 100 contestants for the top 12 slots. The Golden Ticket is usually awarded to any exceptional talent identified by the judges in a unanimous decision. There were about 30 golden tickets won from the five auditions centres
The auditions were designed as multi-layered screening process beginning with opening registration of participants on the first day followed thereafter by the first round of screening to determine the most outstanding talents from the lot who were then made to have scheduled performances before the judges in batches.
Nigerian Idol is in its fifth season after a successful debut in 2010 won by Yeka Onka. In the following years which saw the emergence of Mercy Chinwo, Moses Adigwe and Zebili Evelyn (Evelle), it has grown in popularity and followership on the basis of the unique platforms it offers to young Nigerians with exceptional music talent. It is the only music TV reality show in Nigeria with a global appeal that currently cuts across 46 countries.
Nigerian Idol focuses on discovering Nigerian youths with talent in music and giving them a unique platform to take shots at stardom. The eventual winner goes home with N7.5 million cash reward, a brand new car, a recording deal worth N7.5 million and some high-end devices.




Friday, 6 February 2015

Hon. Funmilayo Tejuosho: A Legislator with Distinct and Exceptional Quality

She is a lawyer by profession and called to the Nigerian Bar in 1993. She is currently writing her doctorate degree (Ph.d) at the University of Lagos. Her incursion into the esoteric world of politics was in the mid 90's. Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuoso owns the record of the most experienced female lawmaker in Lagos State, the Centre of Excellence. It might interest you to know that she is spending her third term in the Lagos State House of Assembly LAHA. Hon. Tejuoso was elected into the Lagos Assembly in 2003, being her first term in the House. She later emerged the deputy speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly in 2007 after her reelection into the Legislative House. In the history of Lagos State House of Assembly, no female has been elected for three terms consecutively; a feat Hon. Tejuoso achieved in 2011 when she was reelected for third term by her constituency, Mushin Constituency 1. And as a female, if you think she's in politics for the fun of it, you might be wrong. In one of the interviews she granted recently Hon. Tejuoso said " I'm in politics basically to care about the needs of people. The whole idea of professional like me running for election is to try and improve the environment around us by ensuring that we make laws that will impact positively on the lives of the people". A check on her records of service revealed that Hon. Tejuoso who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Finance has collaborated with gender activists and nongovernmental organizations in the area of women empowerment, and has also been working assiduously towards raising the awareness of women about their social and political rights. She sponsored Domestic Violence Bill into law (a private member bill). She has also supported and contributed immensely to the passage of other bills into laws, spanning from Education, Health, Infrastructure, Youth Empowerment and Development, Security, Appropriation and the Child's Right Law. Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuoso is contesting in the forthcoming election to return to the Lagos State House of Assembly for her 4th term. She is a leading contender for the speakership seat of the Lagos State House of Assembly when the 8th Legislative Assembly kicks off in June this year.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

New Kid On The Bloc, Jarmeu (Adisa Jamiu) Hits Entertainment Scene With Ileke

The Nigerian entertainment industry is one of the versatile sectors of the economy which keeps growing in leaps and bounds. Never has there ever seem to be a dearth of talent particularly on the music scene.
Industry watchers have their work cut out for them as Jarmeu, a promising talent from Ilorin Kwara state comes on board.
Right now, his name might not ring a bell just like it has always been with previous debutants now super stars like Wizkid, Phyno and others.
After an unexpected gap, Adisa Odunade Jamiu popularly called Jarmeu has returned to the Nigerian entertainment industry.
  He went off the radar, after his 2013 radio hit “E no Easy”. Today, Jarmeu, has returned with a highlife filled afro-pop tune "ILEKE". With his recent exploits, it is crystal clear that JARMEU is a name to watch out for in 2015. It was gathered that the handsome and talented young man, developed passion for music as a teenager while growing up in Ilorin. With a renewed vow to the creed of delivering quality materials, Dee-R-S Tunes, Jarmeu's record label is set to release a Video directed by ace conceptualist AJE Filmworks next week. Connect with this young and promising act on Twitter: @JARMEU,  Facebook: JarmeuDrumDealarz and instagram: Jarmeu.

NIGERIAN IDOL CONCLUDES AUDITIONS IN PH, BENIN

The nationwide auditions of the Nigerian Idol season 5 currently on-going in select Nigerian cities have been successfully concluded in two of the five host centres, the ancient city of Benin and Port Harcourt.
The auditions were anchored by the three celebrity judges on the Nigerian Idol season 5, renowned Afrobeat sensation, Dede Mabiaku, Vocalist Yinka Davies and R’n’ B crooner, Dare ‘Art’ Alade.
At the two centres, thousands of youths with talents in music thronged the venues for the screening exercises which were designed multi-layered with a view to selecting the overall hundred most outstanding talents.
Speaking about the auditions, Dare ‘Art’ Alade, described it as impressive and a positive indicator of a thrilling season ahead.
The Benin and Port Harcourt centres have thrown up a lot of talents. It just shows how exciting this season is going to be. There is a lot of competition-new voices, new faces, I can’t wait to hear them blossom and go up the ranks I guess top 100 as we whittle down to the finalists later on as the weeks go bye.
Nigerian Idol is in its fifth season after a successful debut in 2010 won by Yeka Onka. In the following years which saw the emergence of Mercy Chinwo, Moses Adigwe and Zebili Evelyn (Evelle), it has grown in popularity and followership on the basis of the unique platforms it offers to young Nigerians with exceptional music talent. It is the only music TV reality show in Nigeria with a global appeal that currently cuts across 46 countries.
Nigerian Idol focuses on discovering Nigerian youths with talent in music and giving them a unique platform to take shots at stardom. The eventual winner goes home with N7.5 million cash reward, a brand new car, a recording deal worth N7.5 million and some high-end devices. Auditions are expected to continue with the FCT, Abuja playing host in the weekend of January 24 -25 at the Bolton White Hotel. Ibadan and Lagos are to follow in the following weeks. It would be recalled the Benin and Port Harcourt auditions have been concluded.
Nigerian Idol season five is sponsored by leading telecommunications operator, Etisalat, Dabur toothpaste and E-Commerce platform, Payporte and will feature such enthralling performances which were the hallmarks of past winners among whom are Yeka Onka, Mercy Chinwo, Moses Adigwe and Zibili Evelyn who goes by the stage name Evelle.

Etisalat Reveals Nigerian Idol Season 5 Judges

+ Treats Journalists to Karoke Competition

The 3 Judges: Yinka, Dede and Darey



Nigeria’s fastest growing and most innovative telecommunications company, Etisalat has announced its headline sponsorship of the hit music reality show, Nigeria Idol.
Director, Brand & Experience, Etisalat Nigeria, Enitan Denloye, announced this at a media launch held in Ikoyi, Lagos on the 14th of January, 2015, to formally kick - off the fifth season of the reality show.
Denloye disclosed that the sponsorship of the competition for 5 consecutive years reflects the company’s commitment to Nigerian youths.
“As a company, we are cognizant of the importance of connecting with all our customers and we recognize that music and entertainment resonate with the youth who are a key market segment for us. Sponsoring Nigerian Idol is our way of helping thousands of musically gifted Nigerian youths to live their dreams, so we are very excited to announce that we remain the headline sponsors of Nigerian Idol.” He said.
“This year, we are raising the bar of the show; we are in search of music talents that stand out. We want to see young and dynamic talent bring creativity and originality into music.” He concluded.
Multi-talented neo-soul singer, Yinka Davies will be returning as a judge for the new season of Nigerian Idol, alongside Multi-award winning R&B singer, Darey Art-Alade and Afro Beat legend, Dede Mabiaku. On-Air Personaltity, Ill-Rymz will also be joining the judging trio as the host of the season.
The media launch featured numerous fun-filled activities such as a mini-Press Idol Competition and announcement of the judges for the season, but the closing performance by Nigerian Idol Season 4 Winner, Evelle Zibili was the climax of the night. With her dramatic performance of her latest single, ‘I’m Naughty’ and her soulful rendition of other hit songs, Evelle held the guests spell-bound with her tremendous running notes and energetic stage presence.
The Winner and the runners up in the Journalist competition
Nigerian Idol has grown steadily in popularity, especially among the youth, since inception. The winner of this year’s competition will cart away a brand new SUV and a 7.5 million naira cash prize, amongst other rewards.