By Peter Okhiria
Following the success of the maiden edition of MTN Project Fame competition, Nigerians youths turned out in their thousands at Fantasyland, Ikoyi and Ultima Studios, Ogba, for the auditions of MTN Project Fame Season 2 which kicks off next month.
The competition is facilitated by MTN, Nigeriaâ€™s leading GSM service provider.
The audition which took place simultaneously at both venues on Friday June 12 and Saturday 13th had in attendanceÂ youths from the nooks and crannies of the city and neighbouring cities.
According to the organisers of the show, over twenty thousand youths registered for the Project Fame audition in Lagos, a figure that out_numbered previous editions, as well as any other reality show audition in any single state.
The MTN Project Fame West Africa Season Two auditions had already taken place in major cities across the country like Kaduna, Calabar, Enugu, Abuja, Ibadan, Benin, as well as other West African cities like Accra (Ghana), Monrovia (Liberia), and Freetown (Sierra Leone), where several thousands of people were auditioned and over a hundred shortlisted to compete with qualifiers from the Lagos auditions for a chance to be among the lucky fifteen contestants that will make it to the Musical academy for the duration of ten weeks.
The fifteen lucky talents will be admitted into the academy where they will be groomed in the general art of music, which comprises of voice training, dance exercises, song writing, stage performances and other qualities to turn them into music stars.
The contestants will also be made to dig it out in a competitive weekly performance before a panel of highly experienced judges, academy faculty and a huge crowd of audience, were they will have to knock one another out until the ultimate winner eventually emerged after several weeks of probations and evictions.
The maiden edition of the show saw Nigerian Inyanya Mbuk, emerge the ultimate winner of the show after defeating other finalists including Ghanaian Nii Ankra, the first runner_up; Nigerian Praise Adejo, the second runner_up and Annette Cookey, the third runner up respectively. Inyanya smiled home with N2.5 million, a 2008 modelled, Toyota RAV 4 and a one year recording deal.
Inyanya has since joined the Nigerian music scene with two hit singles entitled, â€˜Love Trulyâ€™ and â€˜No Timeâ€™ currently enjoying the radio air waves in Nigeria at the moment.