From wildcard to superstar! Moses grabs the N7.5 million Nigerian Idol prize

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He did it! 22-year-old Moses Obi-Adigwe now reigns supreme, as the winner of Nigerian Idol season 3. The sweet-voiced crooner who earned the nickname ‘Teddy Bear’ was visibly stunned and floored by the news that he was the last one left standing. As the pyrotechnics went off and the confetti fell, Moses expressed his heartfelt gratitude to his friends, family, voters and especially  God.

His stunning climb to the top was capped by the most entertaining night of the year. With performances by the top 12, Mercy Chinwo, the ever-luminous Omawumi, and of course two legends of international acclaim – Femi Kuti and the one and only D’banj, the roof was blown off the top of Dream Studio thanks to the energy coming off the stage.

It may seem hard to believe that the lovable ‘Teddy Bear’, better known as Moses, was not an immediate shoo-in for the top 12 contestants in the competition. He was in the tough wildcard round, but the university graduate gave a heartfelt rendition of ‘Back to Black’ by Amy Winehouse that saw him safely through to the next stage of the competition.

His initial audition in Benin singing ‘One Night Only’ from the smash hit film ‘Dreamgirls’, floored the judges and made a memorable impression. Since then, his unique vocal characteristics that once saw him teased have now become his signature calling card, and propelled him into the top two. His drive and energy are tempered by his fun-loving personality, and he says that if he wins, he hopes to kick start a brilliant music career…and maybe throw a celebratory party.

Celebrating with the Judges
Celebrating with the Judges
Judges celebrating at the outcome of the result
Judges celebrating at the outcome of the result
Moses being announced Winner
Moses being announced Winner
Moses showing off his new SUV car keys
Moses showing off his new SUV car keys
Moses with Etisalat officials, Pepsi and OMG, Mr Rotimi Pedro
Moses with Etisalat officials, Pepsi and OMG, Mr Rotimi Pedro
Moses with Mr Rotimi Pedro and 1st runner-up, Debie Rise
Moses with Mr Rotimi Pedro and 1st runner-up, Debie Rise
Nig. Idol 3 Winner, Moses
Nig. Idol 3 Winner, Moses

SONG PERFORMANCES:

Top 12: ‘Domino’ by Jessie J

Top 10: ‘Breathless’ by Shane Ward

Top 8: ‘She will be Loved’ Maroon 5

Top 6: ‘Oliver Twist’ by D’Banj, (duet with Debbie Rise) ‘Bottom Bele’
by Omawumi & Flavour

Top 5: ‘If Only for one Night’ by Luther Vandross, ‘Sweet Mother’ by
Nico Mbaga

Top 5 redux: ‘Peace’ by Asa, ‘Ego’ by Djinee

Top 3: ‘Pretty Wings’ by Maxwell, ‘Today na Today’ by Omawumi, (duet
with Mike Okri) ‘Time na Money’

Top 2: ‘Forget You’ by Cee-Lo Green, ‘Redemption Song’ by Bob Marley,
‘Oliver Twist’ by D’banj

Moses is walking away with a recording contract and cash worth an astounding $100,000, a car, and of course, the pride and honour of being this season’s winner. The magical moment was all made possible by lead sponsor Etisalat and associate sponsor Pepsi.

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