Moses Emerges As First Male Nigerian Idol As Femi Kuti, D’Banj, Others Thrill Audience At The Grand Finale.
Etisalat sponsored Nigerian Idol season 3 finally reached the climax that millions of viewers home and abroad waited for, when Moses Obi Adigwe became the first male contestant to win the competition. He joins the likes of Mercy Chinwo and Yeka Onka, winners of seasons 1 and 2. The show was a thrill for all who attended the grand finale last weekend at the Dream Studio in Omole, Lagos.
Etisalat Nigeria delivered, as promised, a brand new SUV to the new Idol, who will also receive a 7.5-million-naira cash prize and a recording contract worth another N7.5 million. First Runner-up, Debbie Rise went home with a brand new Kia Picanto, also courtesy Etisalat Nigeria, and 1.5 million naira whilst second runner-up Safeeyat was rewarded with a one million naira cash prize. The telecom operator also presented cash rewards and devices to the finalists of the top 12 who joined Moses and Debbie on stage.
Opening guest performance of the night was by Yeka, winner of the first season of Nigerian Idol. The performance was followed by Mercy’s captivating rendition of her song – “You Go Remember Today”. . Koko Master, D’Banj, graced the stage with his signature electrifying atmosphere, while Omawumi did not disappoint with a delivery of her popular track, ‘Bottom Belle’. The star performance of the night was that of multiple Grammy Award nominee and Afrobeat singer, Femi Kuti, who doubled as one of the judges on the show. The afrobeat wonder gave an energetic delivery of his new single, ‘No Place for my Dream’.
“The Etisalat brand is youthful, dynamic and innovative. We believe all these qualities are associated with the Nigerian Idol brand. Etisalat’s promise to you is that we will continue to provide new products and opportunities such as the Nigerian Idol,” Evans said.
Femi Kuti praised Nigerians for their choice. According to him, “Moses shows there is great potential in Nigeria. I am very impressed. What we need to do is lay the foundation for them to grow upon.”