The curtain rose on Season 7 of West Africa’s most entertaining music reality show, MTN Project Fame, at the weekend, in Benin City. Starting with a star-studded concert that featured Banky W, Timaya, Iyanya, Dr. Sid, Praiz and other superstars, at Emporium, in GRA, there is a growing optimism that this year’s edition will go down as the best ever.
Timaya and Banky W. who were recently unveiled as two of several high-profile MTN ambassadors added spice to the concert. Their charismatic stage performances aside Iyanya’s compelling unique dance steps and voice resonated with thousands of Project Fame’s fans who attended the concert.
Commenting on the concert and the reality show, Iyanya said “It’s amazing how fame and fortune come quickly”. He added, “I was just like everyone here in the audience some years ago, but see what Project Fame and MTN has made of me”.
Meanwhile, the fun and great artistry did not end with these two artistes. Timaya, Dr. Sid and Praiz thrilled. The MMMG artistes comprising Emma Nyra, Selebobo, Bacci and Teckno also had a fantastic evening, likewise Project Fame’s past contestants led by Roy.
The concert at Emporium paved way for a two-day audition, organised to comb the city for fresh talents, at Constantial Hotel, on Airport Road. Thousands of youths turned out to be part of the scout for exceptional superstars.
It will be recalled that auditions have already been held in other West African countries where thousands of youth seeking to build a career in music were in attendance. The rate of participation at the sub regional level has created high expectation in Nigeria.
This expectation is not devoid of the fact that, the Project Fame music academy has been known to produce at least a star per season. These stars dominate the music industry across the West Africa sub region.
Now, in its seventh season, the constellations of super-stars who have grown through the ranks are set to bring Nigeria to a stand-still by their show of talent.
MTN Project Fame is a strong music platform that gives West African youth the opportunity to develop into superstars. Sponsored by Nigeria’s top most telecommunications company, over seven of the sub regions current leading artistes have passed through the music academy.