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Over 4,000 Jostle to Make Nigerian Idol Season 7 Top 500 Contestants

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Over the weekend, more than 4,000 talented singers were at the Colossus Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, to audition for the Nigerian Idol season 7 music reality show and become to latest music celebrity like the season 6 winner, Kingdom.

The budding music acts were there to fight for a spot in the top 500 contestants who will emerge from the live audition to the next stages.

The 500 contestants would be judged again and pruned down to 250 contestants. Only 50 contestants will proceed to theatre week out of the 250 contestants, and the 50 contestants will be judged based on their creativity, strength of voice and stage performances.

Out of the 50 contestants from theatre week, only 10 contestants will emerge for the live performances. Fans and lovers of the show are to catch up on the audition and selection stages on DStv and GOtv in February 2022.

The Nigerian Idol season 7, sponsored by Bigi drinks, will come to an exhilarating climax on Sunday, May 22, 2022, with over N50 million worth of prizes awaiting the winner.

At the audition last week, talented young up-and-coming artists were refreshed by Bigi, produced by Rite Foods Limited. They applauded the company for the refreshment.

Speaking on the turnout, the Brand Manager, Beverage and Bakery, Rite Foods Limited, Ms Boluwatife Adedugbe, described it as impressive and commended all contestants for their confidence to embark on the musical journey to stardom with Bigi.

According to her, “we are elated to witness a day like this where thousands of talented singers are prepared for a refreshing journey to stardom.

“The Bigi brand will ensure that whatever flavour that resonates with the contestants’ singing abilities, the brand is always there to give refreshing confidence for their performances as they journey through the singing competition.”

Ms Adedugbe further emphasised her company’s commitment to espousing talent discovery in music through platforms like the Nigerian Idol for young talented singers to find expression and become megastars.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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UniAbuja Student Wins N1.5m in Boomplay Campus Music Star Season 1

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A 200 level student of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja), Ms Emmanuella Adejoh, has emerged as the winner of the Boomplay Campus Music Star season one.

The Guidance and Counselling budding singer won the grand prize of the competition, N1.5 million, due to her outstanding performance, according to the judges.

She defeated the other contestants, especially those that made it into the top three, to clinch the coveted prize.

The first-runner up was Iroenyenwa Nzubechukwu, a student of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri, studying Mass Communications; and the second runner-up, Godswill Sarah Iruoma, a student of Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, studying Hospitality Management.

It was gathered that the music hunt contest had the trio of Teni, OAP Do2dtun, and a renowned music producer Philkeyz as the judges.

They were involved in accessing the several entries received for the completion and pruned them to 10, who made it to the finale.

The rookie artistes underwent a series of activities, including a master class training session, a team bonding exercise, press conference and community display of their talents.

The Boomplay Campus Music Star competition was created to discover loads of talents in the country and provide them with a platform to showcase their skills.

The official partners of the programme were SHAREit Lite and Vskit, while the media partner was Trace TV.

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Legendary Singer Dayo Kujore Dies at LASUTH

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

A legendary Juju musician in Nigeria, Dayo Kujore, has died at the age of 63 at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Ikeja, Lagos.

The singer, according to reports quoting his daughter, Ayinke Kujore, died on Monday morning at the hospital.

The Soko Extra crooner, who started playing the guitar at 10 and rose to become popular for creating a new tune from the Juju genre called Soko music, gave up the ghost after a brief illness.

However, his family is yet to formally state the actual illness that claimed the life of the veteran Juju musician today.

The report of his death is already generating reactions from stakeholders in the Nigerian music industry, with friends, colleagues and fans sending their condolences.

Dayo Kujore serenaded lovers of good music during his lifetime with albums like Soko Xtra, Joy, Easy Life, Wisdom, Elevation and Superjet, which turned him into a household name in 1991, though his first album was released in 1977 and was titled Ha! Jesu Mbe.

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Veteran Nollywood Actress Iyabo Oko is Dead

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A veteran actress in the Yoruba movie industry, Sidikat Odukanwi, otherwise known as Iyabo Oko, has passed on.

One of the children of the deceased, Ms Bisi Aisha, who is military personnel, confirmed the death of her mother.

“May ur soul Rest In Peace mummy,” she posted on one of her social media pages.

Also, one of the colleagues of Iyabo Oko in Nollywood, Mrs Foluke Daramola-Salako, posted on Instagram the death of the prolific actress, who reportedly breathed her last Wednesday evening.

Iyabo Oko died after battling with an illness, which kept her away from movie locations. She finally succumbed to the illness yesterday.

“And finally, we lost her.. rip Iyabo Oko, we did our best but God knows best,” Foluke Daramola-Salako wrote.

In 2021, when one of the daughters of the late actress, Olamide, revealed that her mother was diagnosed with ischaemic stroke about five years ago but kept her health issues away from the public, some thespians rallied around with financial assistance to get her back on her feet.

Pictures of her on the internet showed the state of her health and spurred more reactions from fans and colleagues. She was treated and later discharged from the hospital. Thereafter, not much was heard about the 61-year-old actress until her death on Wednesday.

Iyabo Oko was born on November 15, 1960, in the Iwo Local Government Area of Osun State. She acted in several films before bowing out the stage.

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