Nigeria is blessed with super talented musicians and the truth is most of these artistes developed themselves from the church and in some cases talent hunt shows.
Singers who grew in the church or went through the hot and tough competition of a talent hunt are often very exceptional and different in their chosen music careers.
The Nigeria Music Industry today has quite a number of music talent hunt shows and some of our favorite artistes passed through One talent hunt or the other.
Some of the most recognized artistes who were once competitors St one talent hunt or the other are Iyanya, Chidinma, Timi Dakolo, Omawunmi, PSquare, Dare Art Alade, Niniola and many others.
Some of these singers actually emerged as winners while some went on to do great things musically despite not winning the Grand Prize. The pedestal was enough for them.
Amongst the Winners of a music talent hunt are:
1. Chidinma Ekile : The petite singer was the second winner of the MTN Project Fame West Africa, a show that brought talents from all of West Africa together. The singer who was just a teenager then won the Grand Prize of 2million Naira, a recording contract and a brand new SUV.
Chidinma was fast to grab the opportunity, re-brand herself, crawl out of her shell and make a name for herself in the Music Industry. Today Chidinma is not just a singer but a well recognized singer with many awards under her belt.
2. Timi Dakolo was the winner of the first edition of West African Idol many years. His vocal dexterity and his ability to send his voice on errands won him the Grand Prize in a competition that had the female version of Timi himself; Omawunmi.
Timi Dakolo did not disappear with the Grand Prize, he began the work that would put his name in the mouths of many music lovers and far as timeless music is concerned.
3. Despite the fact that Omawunmi did not emerge as the overall winner, during the first West African Idol, today Omawunmi is a winner at far as music in Nigeria is concerned. A vocal power house, a lyrical goddess who pursued her dreams even after the talent hunt.
Her first single “In the Music” still reverberates!