On Saturday, September 27, 2014, Geoffrey Orji emerged winner of MTN Project Fame Season 7 carting away N5 million, a brand new SUV and recording contract with Saved Miller. 23 year old Rukky Mercy, first runner-up won N3 million and car while 27 year old Christian Amoah from Ghana was named second runner up and was rewarded with N2 million and car. In an exclusive chat with Encomium Weekly, the winners bared their mind to us.
How did you feel being the first runner-up?
Blessed, most especially I did not expect it. After Debby and Daniella were removed from the final eight, I was the last girl among the six of us, and I told God that is an achievement for me. Any position they give me now, I’m fine with it.
Most people believe if any competition involves voting, the winners must have done their mobilization at home. Were you in this category?
Mobilisation, I think the only person I got was my sister who had more presence on social media which I used to solicit for support. Also, maybe some old friends.
You won N3m and a salon car. What are you doing with your prize money?
I’m definitely going to invest in something that will earn me more. And music is my life, I’m going to start doing music. I’m going to record something so I can push it further.
When you got your phone after the Academy, did you miss anything?
Yes. A lot of things had been happening. In fact, it’s so hard to catch up. I missed my family, my friends, the news.
Do you have plan of collaborating with any of the established artistes?
Hopefully, yes. Anytime that opportunity comes, I will grab it. It’s a very good thing for my career. Anything can happen.
Let’s meet Rukky?
Rukky is a smiling person, who also likes to put smile on people’s faces. I’ve been through so much depression, but I’ve been able to come above such circumstances. I always like to put my message into somebody’s heart not to give up, because I know that I almost gave up at one point. So, that way my vision is to make people happy and make them want to come into my world.
Tell us about your family and schools you attended.
I’m from a family of six. We are Christians and live in Abuja. My dad is a musician and I was a choir leader once.