Undoubtedly, one of the best grand finales and parties of the new year, #TecnoOwnTheStage Karaoke competition Season one, which was held on Sunday at Ultima Studios in Lagos, Nigeria; definitely broke some hearts, but still made a lot richer.
#TecnoOwnTheStage Season 1, impresses with its three-grade cash prize of ten, fifteen, and twenty-five thousand dollars for the winner and runners-up. Benefits also include recording deals and interships as well as a new Tecno Phantom 5 for each of the final four contestants.
The first ever Karaoke Reality TV Show in Africa placed a platform and four deserving young-ins just made themselves thousands of dollars richer and a couple of notches to stardom; and one owns the stage, Shaapera, #NigeriaOwnTheStage.
Stand Up Nigeria as the country wins the first ever Karaoke competition in Africa, Shaapera brings it home.
Let’s start at the beginning shall we….
”If ….. misses this event because of you ……….(the rest can not be written for security purpose, lol)”. The moment I saw this in my mail, I knew it was game time.
If I had any doubts at all, (though I didn’t), the thought of meeting and interviewing Bien-Aime Baraza of pop-Kenyan group Sauti Sol placated my anxiety. Bien is one of the judges alongside MI Abaga and Johny crooner, Yemi Alade.
Bien-Aime Baraza, Kenya, member of awarding-winning group, Sauti Sol.
Mama Africa, Yemi Alade, slays in her two-piece burgundy mid-rif dress and cape.
M.I brings his boss game on with his ”Bad Belle” performance. The audience was lit.
The show kicks off with its hosts, followed by a great performance by talented singer, Mz Vee, Ghana.
Uti Nwachukwu, Nigeria and Vimbai Mutinhiri, Zimbabwe
Celebrity guest, Eva Alordiah and fiance, Caeser, were a delight to visualize as she smiled all through.
Mz Vee, Singer, Ghana
Her stage presence was great as she thrilled the audience to a great time. And that dress, was just the bomb. During her very fierce performance; everyone kept hoping it would fly up so media can have a headline but Vee had it all on lock down. This dress comes ready with its own shorts, Nothing to see here.
The contestants battled the finals with special pieces, Shaapera sang ‘Girl on Fire’; Pascal ‘All of Me’; Sikin ‘Next to Me’; and Nandy ‘Spotlight’.
Well, we all know how it ended and who came out shining like a star, showing that #NigeriansOwnTheStage.
The amount is equivalent to about N7.5 million. Shaapera also receives a recording deal and a Tecno Phantom 5.
22-year-old Nandy, Tanzania, came in second place and walked away with $15,000, a three-month internship program with Chocolate City, and a Tecno Phantom 5 smartphone.
Pascal Tokodi, Kenya, came third and he walked away with $10,000 and a Tecno Phantom 5 smartphone.
Sikin, short for ‘Sick Individual’, Kenya, was the first to be evicted but not without a brand new Tecno Phantom 5.
A section of the audience with MI as he preps to perform; with his mascot.
Vimbai Mutinhiri, Host Of #TecnoOwnTheStage wearing April by Kunbi.
Eva Alordiah with fiance, Caesar, and General Manager, Mobile Apps, Tecno Mobile, Oye Akindeinde
Bankole Jamgbadi 360nobs Social Media manager; Oye Akideinde Tecno Apps General Manager and 360Nobs.com boss; and yours truly.
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We caught up to the contestants, Sikin, Pascal and Nandy, to inquire on their satisfaction with the way the Tecno brand handled the show,
I used what I was given and I put it in God’s hands. Now he is saying, I have gotten you this far, so it’s up to you to push it. I will take advantage of the opportunity and push, push, push.
I got what I deserved. Shaapera is an amazing performer and I believe everything has a reason and this is her turn. My number three is about God’s way of saying go ahead. At the end of the day, we are all stars.
We are all good and everything is God’s plan. I am very okay with what I have gotten. Tecno has done a lot for me and the show has made us popular.
Full Interview with the contestants and Bien of Sauti Sol coming out this weekend. Check back and get all the scoop as it drops.