By Benjamin Njoku
Twenty-five year old Ayobami Ayoola last Saturday emerged the star prize winner of MTN sponsored Project Fame West Africa (season five), smiling home with a brand new Toyota Rav4, N2.5 million and a mouth-watering one year recording contract.
The grand finale show which held last Saturday, at Ultima Studios, Admiralty Way, Lekki, Lagos, witnessed special performances from Style-Plus of the famous “Olufunmi” hit track; Chidinma, winner of MTN project Fame season 3 and Flavour. The finalists were also on stage to perform their personal composition.
Out of the seven contestants who made it to the grand finale of the music competition, Ayo emerged winner, having gotten the highest number of votes from viewers, both within Nigeria and the whole of West Africa.
Ayo was closely followed by Marvelous Odiete, Adetoun Adekoya and Ella Nnabuchi, who emerged the first, second and third runners up respectively.
An elated Ayo, speaking briefly after he was announced the winner of the show by the hosts, Joseph Benjamin and Adaora Oleh in a tension soaked night, said winning the competition is a dream come true for him.
Young Ayo, whose music talent was discovered by his father, a pastor, said on four occasions, he had tried to participate in Project Fame, but couldn’t scale the audition hurdles. “But when I eventually made it to the Academy this season, it was a big achievement for me, and coming this far to become winner is a dream come true.”
The first runner up of the show (Adetoun) won a brand new Toyota Corolla and N1.5m, second runner up (Marvelous) got a Toyota Yaris and N1m, while the third runner up (Ella) smiled home with N1m cash prize.
MTN Project Fame West Africa is a reality music show. This year, 15 contestants made it to the academy from a wide pool of potentially famous young stars from off screen auditions. Auditions were held in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and selected states in Nigeria.