The Voice Nige­ria… Tri­umphant Idyl­gets SUV, All-ex­pense Paid Trip To UAE

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - YOUTH MAGAZINE - Sto­ries by Chuks Nwanne

FOLLOWINGHIS suc­cess story at the just con­cluded sec­ond edi­tion of Thevoice

Nige­ria, Daniel Dion­goli, pop­u­larly known as Idyl, has been pre­sented with an SUV by the or­gan­is­ers and spon­sors of the show. The for­mal pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony held at the Wheat­baker Ho­tel, Ikoyi, La­gos, was wit­nessed by mem­bers of the me­dia, with lead spon­sors Air­tel Nige­ria and Coca Cola, as well GAC mo­tors. The event also saw Idyl re­ceive his all-ex­pense paid ticket to Abu Dhabi cour­tesy

Orig­i­nally launched in 2010, Thevoice has won au­di­ences in the US, Aus­tralia, South Africa and the UK, where renowned artistes have oc­cu­pied the show’s fa­mous red chairs as coaches. The sec­ond sea­son of the show fol­lowed the suc­cess of the first sea­son and em­ployed the same for­mat in­clud­ing a panel of four re­spected coaches, Waje, Yemi Alade, Pa­torank­ing and the win­ning coach, Timi Dakolo.

Speak­ing at the press con­fer­ence, the Head of Pub­lic Re­la­tions, M-net West Africa, Efosa Aiyevbomwan said,

“We are ex­tremely de­lighted with the suc­cess of Thevoicenige­ria. It’s the sec­ond sea­son and we are thrilled with the out­come. For three months, Nige­ri­ans and in­deed the rest of the con­ti­nent were treated to the best en­ter­tain­ment on tele­vi­sion with our amaz­ing coaches and con­tes­tants putting their best feet for­ward. To­day we cel­e­brate Idyl, who is un­doubt­edly a de­serv­ing win­ner and in the same vein thank our spon­sors whose sup­port made the show pos­si­ble.”

While thank­ing the or­gan­is­ers, spon­sors, fel­low con­tes­tants and view­ers at home, who voted for him, ex­cited Idyl said, “It has al­ways been my dream to do mu­sic. The Voice Nige­ria has given me the plat­form to pur­sue my dreams and I want to as­sure my fans and all who voted for me that I will not let them down. I plan to do mu­sic for a very long time and I am ready to hit the ground run­ning.”

Par­tic­u­larly, Idyl thanked his coach Timi Dakolo for men­tor­ing him and sup­port­ing his growth in ar­eas even out­side the com­pe­ti­tion.

“From the day I was se­lected for the show, I de­cided that Timi Dakolo would be my coach; he’s some­one I ad­mire so much. I want to use this op­por­tu­nity to thank him for bring­ing the best out of me. He was like my fa­ther, brother and men­tor; I learned a lot from him,” he en­thused.

While ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing, Dakolo thanked the or­gan­is­ers and spon­sors of the show, whilst also con­grat­u­lat­ing the win­ner and other con­tes­tants for mak­ing it to the fi­nals.

“I like suc­cess sto­ries; I’m happy that Idly won the com­pe­ti­tion. But like I told them, you don’t have to win this com­pe­ti­tion to be the best; the ex­po­sure you got for con­test­ing is enough to build your mu­sic ca­reer. So, to all of you that par­tic­i­pated, this is an op­por­tu­nity to build your ca­reer, the world knows you. A lot of peo­ple pay mil­lions to get the kind of mileage you got on this show, you must make good use of it,” he said.

On the suc­cess­ful host­ing of the show, the Se­nior Brand Man­ager, Coca Cola, Soji Omoigui, said: “The Voice Nige­ria is

Nige­ria’s big­gest singing com­pe­ti­tion and af­ter the suc­cess of the first sea­son, it was an easy de­ci­sion to part­ner with Mul­ti­choice and M-net for a sec­ond sea­son. The pro­duc­tion val­ues of the show were ex­cep­tional as was the mass fol­low­ing the show gar­nered over its three month run. At Coca Cola we rec­og­nize the im­por­tance of en­ter­tain­ment and this eas­ily seen not just from our on­go­ing sup­port of The Voice Nige­ria but also from our var­i­ous cam­paigns and other ac­tiv­i­ties like Coke Stu­dio.”

On his part, Ah­mad Mok­les, the Chief Com­mer­cial Of­fi­cer, Air­tel Nige­ria, said: “As Nige­ria’s smart­phone net­work, Air­tel is al­ways ex­cited to en­ter part­ner­ships that con­nect the Nige­rian youth to their dreams.

Thevoicenige­ria pre­sented an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to do this and we were more than ex­cited to come on board as lead spon­sors. The spon­sor­ship of Thevoicenige­ria is yet an­other ex­am­ple of Air­tel’s com­mit­ment to em­pow­er­ing young, tal­ented Nige­ri­ans like Idyl, a de­serv­ing win­ner who em­bod­ies the spirit of youth, pas­sion, skill and per­se­ver­ance.”

Sun­day’s fi­nale took off on a grand note as sea­son one par­tic­i­pants, DNA en­ter­tained the au­di­ence with their hit sin­gle, How­can.

The au­di­ence and view­ers were then treated to amaz­ing per­for­mances by the var­i­ous teams and their coaches. Af­ter each per­for­mance, one con­tes­tant from the vot­ing pool was re­vealed to move to the top four stage.

Yemi Alade, Syemca and Chris Rio per­formed Yemi Alade’s, Knackam, while Timi Dakolo, ably sup­ported by Jahtell and Idyl, gave an emo­tional per­for­mance of Timi’s new song Findy­outhere. Up next were Waje, J’dess and Wow, who per­formed

Waje’s new sin­gle Intheair and fi­nally Pa­torank­ing, Ebube and Yimika per­formed

Lovey­oudie by Pa­torank­ing. The fi­nal four con­tes­tants re­vealed were Syemca, Idyl, Wow and Ebube.

Syemca from #Teamyemi­alade took to the stage with his ren­di­tion of Back­tothe

Mat­ter by Maleek Berry ft Wizkid, while Ebube from #Team­pa­torank­ing per­formed

Come­closer by Wizkid. Up next for the evening was Idyl from #Team­timi, who gave an amaz­ing per­for­mance singing You

Sup­pose­know by Bez ft Yemi Alade, while Wow from #Teamwaje gave a very en­ter­tain­ing ren­di­tion of ‘Fada Fada’ by Phyno.

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