Esther Benyeogo from Nigeria’s Delta State has emerged as the winner of the third season of singing competition series The Voice Nigeria.
The series, based on the Dutch talent show format created by John de Mol, premiered in March with 12 contestants, six of whom made it to the finals. Benyeogo was on coach Darey Art Alade’s team and was selected as the winner ahead of Kpee, Eazzie, Naomi Mac, Dapo and Kitay.
Benyeogo was given a grand prize of a N10m (US$24,300), a car and a recording deal with Universal Music Nigeria.
Benyeogo said: “To everyone who supported, prayed, voted: God bless you, my family. My heavenly coach Darey Art Alade, thank you for being so selfless in training and just wanting the best for everyone. Best coach ever liveth.”
The Voice Nigeria is produced by UN1TY Limited and Livespot360. It airs on Africa Magic, AIT, Views TV and Wazobia TV.
The third season of singing competition show The Voice Nigeria, based on the Dutch format distributed by ITV Studios, is set to premiere on March 27.
Broadcasters to air the show include Africa Magic, AIT, Views TV and Wazobia TV.
The Voice Nigeria will be hosted by award-winning presenter Nancy Isime alongside popular on-air personality and entrepreneur Toke Makinwa. They will be joined by coaches Darey Art Alade, Yemi Alade, Waje and Falz.
The winner of the show will be awarded an international recording contract, a cash prize and a new car.
Akin Salami, MD of UN1TY Limited and exec producer of the show, said: “Since we kicked off registration for The Voice S3 in 2020, we have been amazed by the reception we have received.
“The array of Nigerian talent we have seen has been nothing short of exceptional and we are excited to show the world the quality of talent and entertainment in Nigeria.”
The show will air on African Magic Showcase (DSTV 151), Urban (DSTV 153) and Family (DSTV 154, GOTV 2) on Saturdays at 20.00 and on Sundays on AIT, Views TV, Wazobia TV and Wazobia TV Max at 18.00.
Musical talent show The Voice Nigeria has begun online auditions for season three.
This year’s show, which aims to uncover the brightest of Nigerian musical talent for the global stage, will be fully produced in Nigeria. It will be presented by multi-award-winning TV host and actress Nancy Isime and co-hosted by radio personality and vlogger Toke Makinwa.
Nigerian musicians who will serve as coaches to help the participants find their hidden talents will include Dare Art Alade, Falz The Bahd Guy, Waje and Yemi Alade.
Those interested in competing can register by clicking here before September 19.
The executive producer of the show, Akin Salami, said: “We are excited to kick off The Voice S3 especially at a time like this when there is a growing appreciation for African music. This is an amazing opportunity to provide a learning platform for exceptional Nigerian talents and to show the world the quality of entertainment we are capable of showcasing.”
The winner of the show, which has launched the careers of talent including Johnny Drille, Chike, A’rese and Nonso, will receive a cash prize, a new car and an international recording contract.
Isime, who auditioned in 2016 but didn’t make the shortlist, said: “I am so excited to be the first female to host The Voice Nigeria. It’s time for S3 and I’m gonna be rocking with the one and only baby girl for life, Toke Makinwa.”
The show is slated to air on DStv channel (Africa Magic), StarTimes, terrestrial TV channel AIT and other stations abroad.
The Voice S3 is produced in partnership with UK broadcaster ITV and international record label Universal Music UK, in conjunction with YouTube, FirstBank Nigeria and gaming company Baba Ijebu.
Award-winning Nigerian TV presenter Stephanie Coker is set to launch a presenting course next month.
The two-day course will feature intensive studies on how to be a presenter, some of which will focus on using a teleprompter, script writing, studio and location presenting and interview techniques.
According to Coker, the maiden edition of the programme aims to teach participants what it takes to be a TV presenter in the digital era. It will take place on September 1 and 2 costing N50,000 (US$138). Those interested can apply by registering here.
The masterclass comes a few months after TV presenter Bolanle Olukanni also launched a similar course teaching the right approach to TV presenting.
Coker began her media career in 2011 as an anchor of the Street Request show on MTV Base Africa. Since then, she has acted as co-host on several platforms, such as MTV Big Friday Show, EbonyLife TV and The Voice Nigeria. She is presently a co-host of The Morning Show on Arise News.