By Damiete Braide
Nigeria’s Ayobami Ayoola has won the sensational music reality TV show, MTN Project Fame West Africa Season 5 held at Ultima Studios, Lekki, Lagos State. Ayo, also got a recording contract worth N7 million, a Toyota Rav 4 and a cash price of N2.5 million.
Marvelous Odiete, was the first runner-up and won N1.5 million, and a Toyota Corolla while Adetoun was the second runner-up. She went home with a Toyota Yaris car and N1 million. Ella, who was the surprise package of the Academy, was the third runner-up and won N1 million. The seven finalists performed their songs to an audience waiting with excitement the eventual unveiling of the winner. Ayo was outstandingly incredible.
Spotting a white suit, the young man was most thrilling with his usual enchanting voice when he performed Na Time. Rich in Afro-beat, the song itself was a testimony of Ayo’s evolvement in the Academy, which was apparent a day earlier when he sang alongside the Academy Season 3 winner, Chidimma.
There were performances from music stars like Styl-Plus, Chidimma and Flavour. The MTN Project Fame West Africa, according to the Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Nigeria, Larry Annette, “ is a definition of MTN’s commitment to develop the people of its trading environment. For him, the Academy gives expression to the talents and aspirations of West African youths who had no platform to learn and develop their musical talents.
It connects youths to their dreams. Examples of youths whom the Academy has helped to connect to their dreams are Inyanya, the Kukere master; Chidimma, who rocked the music industry with her hit song Kedike and Monica, whose profile is continuously rising. Some of the songs that the contestants sang during the competition include Hot, Hot, Hot by Alphonsus Cadsell (a.k.a The Mighty Arrow), Sugar Bum Bum by Aldwyn Roberts (a.k.a the great Lord Kitchener) among others.