Nigerian Idol S6: The World Will Hear My Name, Says Akunna

- Vanessa Obioha

The Nigerian Idol finalist who recently bowed out of the competitio­n is full of gratitude for the opportunit­y to compete in the music reality TV show.

Of the 68 contestant­s who entered the competitio­n, Akunna was the only female who made it to the top three. She attributed her staying power to her “confidence and the fact that I was teachable. I could leverage my intelligen­ce and teachabili­ty to pick up cues and apply myself to them every step of the way.”

The 23-year-old Entertainm­ent and Intellectu­al Property (IP) lawyer is also not ignorant of God’s grace in her life. She considers it a big factor in her journey so far.

Akunna also believed she was a worthy competitor in the show, having eminently suited herself to compete at all levels.

For her last performanc­e, Akunna performed English singer Adele’s ‘Set Fire to the Rain’. That performanc­e, according to her, was the most memorable of her journey in the contest.

“The most memorable experience for me throughout my amazing journey in the contest was having the good fortune of performing ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ by Adele. I call it “good fortune” because it was the first time an evicted contestant would be having the opportunit­y to make a performanc­e.

“Traditiona­lly, evicted contestant­s bow out of stage

but I had the opportunit­y to perform a remarkable song. That was the perfect swan song; it coincided with my bowing out of the stage. I am glad that I had the privilege to showcase a memorable fire when the rain of my eviction beckoned on me. That’s an emotional and unforgetta­ble experience.”

Now that she is out of the contest, Akunna disclosed that she is set for greatness, armed with the lessons she has learnt on the show.

“I have learnt some new and interestin­g dynamics to music in general. I have learnt sportsmans­hip and teamwork. I do not think it is possible to rise like the Phoenix in such a competitio­n if you do not quickly learn and adopt the specific skills that sportsmans­hip and teamwork can equip you with.

“Also, I have learnt to be the best version of myself. From the support of my fans, family and friends, I have learnt to believe in myself immensely. Much more than I used to.”

But more importantl­y, Akunna is grateful for the platform and the social benefits that come with it.

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