Out Of Africa: Nigerian Music Talent Show “Nigerian Idol” Returns For Ninth Season

Nigerian Idol, one of the most popular music talent shows on the African continent, is returning for a ninth season with the theme “Let Your Dreams Take Flight.”

The programme, starting on 21 April and ending on 14 July, will showcase young, undiscovered Nigerian aspiring musicians. Week after week, they will battle for the chance to launch a music career, while being at the mercy of seasoned judges and the voting public.

This year’s jury includes Nigerian artists Omawumi, Ric Hassani, and 9ice, with IK Osakioduwa making a return as the show’s host.

On his unique role in this year’s edition of the show, Hassani, who describes himself as the “technical judge”, said: “I think I’m going to bring more vigour to the show. I’m going to bring more tenacity. I’m going to bring more fire. I want to hear really good singers. This is a role I take very seriously, so I can’t wait to get started. “

Nigerian Idol Judges L-R: Ric Hassani, Omawumi IK Osakioduwa & 9ice

On what it would take to win the competition, he noted: “You have to know what you’re doing, know what you can do and know what you can’t do so that you can learn how to get it right. I feel like the Nigerian Idol platform is where you come to shine, but you also come to learn and that’s very important because how you shine is by learning and putting your head down. That’s what I want to see.”

Dr. Busola Tejumola, Executive Head of Content and Channels (West Africa) at African entertainment company MultiChoice, sponsors of the show, also shared her thoughts on the upcoming season: 

“Nigerian Idol has continuously set the standard for music talent shows in Africa, and Season 9 promises to be no exception. With Omawunmi, Ric Hassani, and 9ice on board, viewers can expect unparalleled talent, excitement, and entertainment. We are proud to showcase the immense musical prowess that Nigeria has to offer and look forward to another unforgettable season.”

Nigerian Idol is one of the most-viewed music competitions in Africa. Since its launch in 2010, the show has provided a platform for several talented acts to pursue their ambitions. Last year, the competition crowned Victory Gbakara as the winner and rewarded him with a grand prize valued at ₦50 million (about $111,000 at the time). This included N35 million in cash, a car and a recording contract. Other past winners include Mercy Chinwo, Moses Obi-Adigwe, Evelle, K-Peace, Kingdom Kroseide and Progress Chukwuyem. 

Nigerian Idol premieres Sunday, 21st April 2024 via DSTV. Find out more here.


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