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The Next Titan Holds Hybrid Auditions for Season 8

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By Sodeinde Temidayo David

Auditions for season 8 of the Nigerian entrepreneurial reality show, The Next Titan, is set to commence next week in six major cities across the country, the organisers have said.

According to the Executive Producer of the show, Mr Mide Kunle Akinlaja, the auditions will start next week in Port Harcourt before moving to Abuja, Enugu, Lagos, Ibadan and Kano.

He also added that the screening would be hybrid as intending contestants who would not be available for the physical auditions would be allowed to screen online.

According to him, Season 8 is a Special Edition as it gives an opportunity for funding from Nigeria Investment Youth Fund (NYIF), an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.

The top 1,000 contestants from the auditions, with good business ideas and with registered businesses, will automatically qualify for N3,000,000 funding while unregistered businesses will qualify for N250,000.

Mr Akinlaja stated that 50 persons would be selected for the main show and will enter the boot camp, where the number would be pruned to 16 final contestants with the brightest ideas.

It was disclosed that these contestants would be nominated to live together and compete by carrying out weekly business tasks and challenges around the city of Lagos for 10 weeks.

As the programme progresses, the number would be reduced through weekly evictions in the boardroom by the judges, leaving the winner will go home with N15 million to start a dream business of choice.

The Next Titan was designed to assist young Nigerian entrepreneurs by identifying the best business minds and supporting their entrepreneurial acumen through logistical assistance, informal training, knowledge and other requisite services needed to propel them into successful personalities.

The sponsors for this year’s edition include Heritage Bank, Air Peace, Haven Homes, Sifax Group, Lifemate Furniture, RC Cola, Milky Taurus Limited, Terra season cubes, Cummins Generators, and Premium Box.

Every contestant is expected to register with Msport before proceeding with the registration of the show as a Msport verification code would be requested.

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Ghana’s Amaarae Joins Spotify EQUAL Music Programme

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The prestigious Spotify EQUAL Music Programme has announced Ghanaian breakout star, Amaarae, as the January Artist of the Month.

The red-gold-green nation’s global sensation is the cover of Spotify’s EQUAL Africa playlist, which compiles music from “the fiercest African women making waves”.

Spotify EQUAL is a pledge to amplify the voices of women in the music industry, as only 25 per cent of artistes on the charts are female, according to a study by Spotify-funded USC Annenberg.

The EQUAL programme spans seven categories, which include the EQUAL Artists of the Month and the EQUAL local playlists, where Amaarae represents the January 2022 selection.

“I’m incredibly proud to be EQUAL’s Artist of the Month in recognition of all the barriers my creative work looks to break. It’s a win for Ghanaian and African female creators,” Amaarae enthused.

New York-born Ama Serwah Genfi is creating R&B, Soul, and Afropop fusions that have global appeal. Amaarae, who is a strong advocate of gender equality, is fast achieving fame.

The rise of The Angel You Don’t Know album maker on Spotify is phenomenal, with more than 10 million monthly listeners, and over 116 million streams for her Sad Girlz Luv Money remix alone.

With this viral hit, which features Kali Uchis and Moliy and which debuted at #80 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in November 2021, Amaarae became the second Ghanaian to break into the Billboard charts – 50 years after Ghanaian-English Afro rock band Osibisa first paved the way.

Today, the entertainer known to her social media fans as Fountain Baby follows in the footsteps of fellow Ghanaian female star Gyakie who, with her selection in April last year, became the first African woman to partner with Spotify for EQUAL.

Other African artistes to have been featured on EQUAL include Kenya’s SSARU and Muthoni Drummer Queen, Nigeria’s Ayra Starr, and South Africa’s DBN Gogo.

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Entries Open for Second ALAT Food Challenge

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

Food lovers in Nigeria now have the opportunity to apply for the second edition of the ALAT Food Challenge sponsored by Wema Bank Plc.

According to the Head of Marketing Communications and Investor Relations at Wema Bank, Ms Funmilayo Falola, the company’s drive-in organising another edition of the ALAT Food Challenge was to “lift the spirits of Nigerians, especially following a difficult year.”

“It was exciting to see how Nigerians reacted to the first contest and we hope that we can replicate that joy on a much bigger scale with this edition,” she added.

On Monday, January 17, 2022, ALAT by Wema confirmed that the challenge will even improve on the successes of the previous edition and will leverage the excitement of the new year season.

The challenge will give young Nigerians another opportunity to express their excitement following an eventful year. The partnership with popular social media food influencer, Ayo the creator of the food eating show – Nigerians vs Food, will continue this season.

This challenge, which will feature two episodes, is open to all interested persons between the ages of 18 to 35 and requires all challengers to sign up on the ALAT app (via Play Store or App Store) using the referral code ‘FOOD’. Following a successful registration, challengers are expected to visit the bank’s verified social media channels to complete the process.

ALAT has built a customer base of over 600,000 customers in the past four years, investing over N2 billion in various youth-oriented initiatives such as Talk Series, SociaLiga, GameOn Turf Football Competition, Social Media Week, and many more since its launch.

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Bisola Aiyeola to Host Season 5 of NdaniTV’s Real Talk

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NdaniTV's Real Talk Bisola Aiyeola

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The fifth season of NdaniTV’s Real Talk, a foremost talk show in Nigeria, will be hosted by popular Nigerian actress and singer, Bisola Aiyeola.

The show makes a return on Thursday, January 20, 2022, according to a statement from the show organisers, with more interesting issues that will keep viewers glued to their screens.

According to the teaser video released by the production company, viewers of the addictive programme are in for an exciting season.

Real Talk first launched on the NdaniTV YouTube channel in 2016 and has had a number of popular hosts including Nicole Asinugo and Cornelia O’Dwyer. The talk show brings celebrities together to speak on societal issues and a lot more.

NdaniTV is Africa’s premier platform for original web series and is home to some of the most popular series including Gidi Up, Rumour Has It, Skinny Girl in Transit, Officer Titus and more.

With over 441,000 subscribers on YouTube and over 109 million minutes in watch time, the channel is one of the fastest-growing platforms for original content out of Nigeria and made for Africans.

NdaniTV content remains free to view on YouTube and is powered by GTCO Plc.

The trailer for this season can be viewed below;

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