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Wednesday, September 24, 2014


No doubt, MTN Project Fame is one of the most buzzed about annual music reality TV shows in West Africa. The stakes are higher than ever before in the season 7 edition. It’s been weeks of intensive singing competition with 8 contestants making it to the final stage. presents to you the finalist. Who do you think deserves to win this season?

Clement is an exception to the popular belief that an “only child” is usually a spoilt child. He is an only child that carries the mentality of a regular lad. His principle to life is “serve and respect people, then expect the same.” The 18-year-old high school graduate is interested in nature, and good music. He’s an introvert with good sense for music.  He discovered his singing talent at 9, when he tried to mime a song by Westlife. He has recorded three songs, he says people often find it hard to believe he did the songs because they are incredibly good songs. A  lot of people wish this lad from Ghana did not sustain the injury that confined him to the wheel-chairs for weeks. Though he walks on crutches now, his determination is enviable. He provided sufficient cover-up, in terms of vocal dexterity, for his disability and roused the feeling of sympathy when he sang Michael Bolton’s ‘Back on My Feet Again’. Clement hopes to be the first Project Fame winner from Ghana.

Beautiful, sassy, and friendly Ruky is a 23-year old who loves to sing, dance, read, and write. Born in Abuja into a family of six, Ruky is currently on internship at a construction company in Abuja while awaiting her National Youth Service call up. Music, children, loving people, and a peaceful environment inspires her. She fell in love with music before falling in love with singing. She was the choir leader back in secondary school, and she has two recorded songs to her credit. This lively lady is indeed incredible, she never allowed herself to be intimidated by the demand of each song. She is always on point. She has done so well and has never been on probation. Ruky believes Project Fame will give her the opportunity to grow, and reach a wider audience.

Geoffery is a Nigerian who lives and schools in Ghana. He is a determined and relentless young man who kept auditioning since the first season of the competition. His ability to sing and lead earned him shelter and scholarship at the Zenith College, Accra, Ghana. He is from Benue State and could well follow in the steps of 2Face Idibia to become the next big thing. He stands out for his vocal quality and commands the judges’ respect for being able to deliver almost perfectly every song. He showed mastery and character that astounded even Paul ‘Play’ Dairo who described him ‘a superstar’ the day he performed one of Majek Fashek’s hit making his family proud at the competition.

At 22, Debbie seems to have conquered the world when her peers are yet to find their footing. She is an Abuja-based filmmaker and a creative artist. She’s free-spirited, diplomatic and a no nonsense lady. Debbie grew up in Sierra Leone and having survived the war with her family, she craves deeply for the power to stop chaos in Nigeria and allow peace reign. One thing she cannot do without is her guitar, which keeps her going in lonely times. Her inspirations are tied to three things- nature, music and family while the most important things to her are – family, God and herself.

Ugochukwu is a 25-year-old Delta State cum Lagos gentleman. He is an Accounting student at the Lagos State University. He is a multi-talented dude who sings, plays the guitar and piano. He aspires to change the current face of music by unifying the past generation and the present through excellent music delivery. The judges never stopped mentioning how hard this lanky young man works. Ever since he sang ‘Under the Surface’ and came in for the judges sticks, he seemed to have improved with every performance.

Christian has got a unique voice and talent to sing. The 27-year-old Ghanaian is also training as a sound engineer. He has made several attempts to get into Project Fame Academy and now he is finally living his dreams. Christian has tried his hands on commercial music and expects to be a hit at MTN Project Fame.He is truly an entertainer and  his character is outstanding.

Emeka Nelson is a Guidance and Counselling undergraduate at the Abia State University. Having lived a seemingly rough life, he is coming to Project Fame with a fighting spirit. Emeka is a gentle and humble soul. The 26-year-old’s turn-off is lies. Not only does he sing, he also writes songs and soon, he hopes to collaborate with Tuface. His slow start notwithstanding, he has put in so much work to become a true contender for the ultimate prize. He had one of his best performances when he rendered Flavour’s ‘Ada Ada’.

23 year old Daniella is a graduate of Crawford University,Lagos with a degree in Accounting. Like most budding musicians, this Imo State beauty discovered music was an integral part of her at a very young age when she sang at a birthday party. Music means everything to her; little wonder her major source of inspiration is good music, and her definition of relaxation is having her ears plugged, listening to music. Daniella has been an ardent follower of the competition; she auditioned at  age 17 in Season 1 at Enugu, and also auditioned in Lagos this season but was advised to try the Wild Card; an advice that paidoff eventually.
 Having critically observed trends from previous Seasons, she has learnt two vital lessons; expression is key in every performance, and shouting is not the same as singing. Armed with these two facts, Daniella strongly believes she has all it takes to win the competition as she intends to express the message in every performance as she moves on in the competition.
 She prides herself in her ability to listen and make the best of constructive criticism but attributes her overly blunt way of speaking as a weakness.

For Daniella, winning the competition will be a dream come true. If she wins, she intends to spend her winnings on the construction of her parents’ house and professionally pursue music.
Having spent lesser time in the academy than the rest of the contestants, a place in the final is already a big leap for her.

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