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The Voice Nigeria S3 opens for auditions

The Voice Nigeria

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.

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CNN spotlights Toke Makinwa

Nigerian media personality Toke Makinwa has featured on CNN International’s show CNN African Voices, speaking about her journey in the industry, her experiences, expectations and aspirations.

Toke Makinwa

According to Toke, being featured on the weekly half-hour magazine programme is a dream come true, and her desire to appear on it was one of the things that pushed her to be better at her craft.

“I remember sitting up in bed a couple of years ago watching African Voices on CNN. It was Tiwa Savage’s episode and I was intrigued just watching her talk about her craft. I won’t forget in a hurry. She was in a studio and I just kept thinking to myself, ‘One day, one day CNN will interview me too and it will be ever so inspiring,’” she said.

“Watching my journey humbled me. It’s easy for us to focus on what we haven’t achieved yet without taking stock and giving ourselves credit for how far we’ve come.

“To everyone out there with a dream, give yourself a break, work at your goals but be in the moment always. It may not look like much is happening but look back – you are not where you started.”

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Toke exits EbonyLife’s Moments

Award-winning presenter Toke Makinwa has left EbonyLife TV’s talkshow Moments.

Moments co-host Toke Makinwa

Friday’s episode had the topic ‘We will miss you Toke’ and featured Toke and her co-hosts, Bolanle Olukanni and Tallulah Doherty, reminiscing about her time on the show.

Bolanle took to Instagram on Saturday to bid Toke farewell, saying: “I will truly miss you on the show and I know so many of our viewers will as well.”

Toke joined Moments show in 2014 and has since interviewed many celebrities on the show, alongside her co-hosts.

Toke launched her career in 2012 when she featured as a co-host of FlyTime TV show 3LiveChicks. She went on to host a show on Hip TV in 2014. She also has a vlog series, Toke Moments, on YouTube.

Moments, a spin-off from Moments with Mo, will continue to air on Fridays at 22.00 on EbonyLife TV, via DSTV channel 165.

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