Twice they were nominated for eviction. Twice they survived and came into the finals performance as supposedly underdogs with the other families apparently not giving them any chance of survival nor even posing a threat to them.
However, this was not the case as the supposedly rejected stone turned out to be the cornerstone or rather, the last family to qualify for the just concluded Maltina Dance All finals turned out to be the winning family.
It was the Ibiamâ€™s day as fate and of course public vote, gave the winning crown in the just concluded Maltina Dance All, the exciting family dance reality television show sponsored by Maltina, the nourishment drink.
It had been an exciting 21 days of dancing, fun and family bonding at the Maltina Dance All Academy. There were originally 10 families.
The Akihomis, Eyesiohs, Ibiamâ€™s, the Igbaâ€™s, James Family, the Okoyeâ€™s, the Olonisolas, Oluruntoba family, the Onuohas and the Omokhais. Some could not live up to expectation and were evicted along the line.
The final became a battle between the Omokhais, Ibiams and Eyesiohs. The Omokhais and Eyesiohs had qualified on the first day, leaving the Ibiams to fight with two other families to be at the finals. So, they were lucky qualifiers.
At the very exciting grand finale of the event held at Landmark Village Centre Lagos last Saturday, the Ibiams, led by their daughter, Queen, were voted winners, beating the Omokhais and the very popular and audience favourite, Eyesioh family to the second and third positions respectively.
It was a very keen contest between the three remaining families. They all displayed breathtaking dance steps to the admiration of invited guests and television viewers nationwide..
The Eyesiohs were particularly outstanding on the night, given the acrobatic display of their elderly daddy, and many in the audience were easily carried away by his dance steps.
But their votes and those of other last minute voters were not enough to give them the crown and the fortune that goes with it. The final event was broadcast live from 7pm and voting lines were closed at about 7.45pm.As usual, it was the prerogative of viewers to act as judges and it was indeed these votes which gave it to the Ibiams.
For emerging winners, the Ibiams were presented with a cheque of N2.5m and keys to a brand new Toyota family car by Dr. Oladele Ajayi, the Sales Director who represented the MD/CE at the closing ceremony.
The Omokhais, who came second, went home with a cash prize of N1million, while the Eyesiohs were given N500, 000. The Ibiam family takes over from the Opuwaris winners of MDA in 2008.