By Ogbonna Amadi
Nigerian television â€˜Centage Superstarâ€™, the music talent show, is here. The reality television show,Â themed around the search for a fresh Nigerian music superstar who will represent the Nigerian music scene and Nigeria as a whole inside and outside the country, is being put together by Centage Savings and Loans Limited (Mortgage bankers) with Kennis Music, Nigeriaâ€™s bigÂ Â music label.
The finance bank whose strong point includes a dynamic board comprising some ex- directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria has teamed up with Kennis Music to discover the best artiste in the country through a chain of nation- wide auditions.
The eventual winner is expected to go home with a brand new Toyota Prado Jeep worth N7m,Â N2m cash and a N10m deal with Kennis.
â€œWhat can we say? Our interest is making the Nigerian music industry boom. So when the responsibility is vested in us to see to it that we groom and nurture new acts, it actually means that we are recognised in and outside the industry as one of a pathfinder and credible actor in the Nigerian music scene,â€ Kenny Ogungbe said.
Kennis Music founded by Kenny Ogungbe since inception signed acts like The Remedies, KSB, Lagbaja, OJB,Â 2face, Marvelous Benjy, Azadus, Sound Sultan, Baba Dee to mention a few.
The basic objective of the Centage superstar is saidÂ to be to discover and promote young music Nigerian superstars. Every winner that emerges from each region goes back home with N1m, and an opportunity to represent his/her region in the grand finale in March 2010.
The second prize is a Toyota Corolla and N1m, while the third position goes home with N500, 000 and a yet-to-be announced consolation prize. â€œIt is the first time in the history of Nigeria that this will be happening,â€ the organisers told news men in Lagos on Friday.
Also at stake for the contestants and member of the public is a house located in Abuja.
Meanwhile, the official launch for the show held on Friday, June 12, 2008 at the Civic centre, and the forms are being sold in all UBA, Intercontental and Centage branches across the country for N3, 000.
The launch event was hosted by Basorge Tariah Junior