Ayo Olumilua was at the ringside
Yet another dream has come to fruition thanks to the sixth season of one of Nigeria’s most prestigious music competitions.
That’s right, the latest season of Nigerian Idol has come to a dramatic end, and we got to witness contestant Kingdom take home the ultimate prize.
The show—which came back from a hiatus this year—was very much anticipated, and it didn’t disappoint!
Kingdom, Francis, Akunna, Comfort, and Faith Jason were the top five contestants from the 11 who made it to the live shows from the audition stages.
The competition evolved from the final 5 to the last 2 contestants (Kingdom and Francis) who dueled for the crown on Sunday in an intensely contested affair that saw Kingdom emerge the eventual winner.
The finale night also witnessed performances from some of Nigeria’s biggest acts including Mavin’s newest signee, Ayra Starr, who performed her song “Away”.
Dancehall sensation Patoranking also performed his new hit “Celebrate Me” and paid tribute to veteran musician Sound Sultan who passed away recently. RnB star Chike joined Francis Atela on stage for a breathtaking duet of the former’s song, “Roju”, while Kingdom and veteran producer Cobhams Asuquo came together for yet another beautiful performance.
In an emotional confession, Kingdom spoke fondly of his grandmother and how she believed in his potential to be great.
“My grandma used to say one day you’ll be very great. And then she died. And I almost gave up.
“But I want to thank the judges for believing in me and my fellow contestants for pushing me,” Kingdom said.
He walks away with a whopping 30 million naira, a record deal, and an SUV amidst other prizes courtesy of show sponsors Tecno and Bigi.
Commenting on Kingdom’s emergence as the winner of Nigerian Idol season 6, CEO of MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe, said, “We are proud of what Kingdom has achieved on the show. His emergence as the winner is a testament of how much great talent abounds in Nigeria. For us at MultiChoice, we are committed to helping talent like Kingdom, as well as other contestants that participated, reach their potential and also launch them to a much bigger audience.”
Let’s hope season 7 outdoes the just concluded edition and blows our minds. Congrats, Kingdom!