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Nigerian Idol: Progress, Zadok battle for number spot as Banty loses out



Following Banty’s elimination on Sunday night, Progress and Zadok emerged as the last men standing in the ongoing music reality show, Nigerian Idol season 7.

After delivering a fantastic performance that wowed the judges and audience, the duo came tops.

The night began with a performance from the top 12 contestants.

The top six female contestants opened the show performing Fela Kuti’s 1978 song ‘Lady’, while the top six male contestants thrilled the judges and fans alike with Koffi Olomide’s ‘Papa Mobimba’.


The top 12 contestants closed their performance with Wizkid’s 2014 hit song ‘Ojuelegba’, a song they also performed at the just concluded AMVCA event.


After the performances from the top 12 contestants, the three finalists, Banty, Progress and Zadok, were called on the stage to know their fate.

Indeed, the previous week was quite enjoyable, as Ik Osakioduwa, the host, revealed that a 34million votes were made in the last week, as fans voted continuously to save their favourites.

The first contestant to make it to the finale was Zadok leaving Banty and Progress in a tense state.

After much waiting, IK announced Progress as the second finalist on the show.


With Banty leaving the show, Zadok and Progress are left to contest head to head for the show’s grand finale.

After that, the show took the fans on a tour of Banty’s journey to the show from her auditions and all the songs she has performed on the show.

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Born Esther Temiwunmi, 27, Banty is a Nigerian singer from Warri, Delta State.

After the elimination, Banty performed her favourite song this season, ‘When I Was Your man’ by Bruno Mars.

The judges commended being the last woman on the show, with D’Banj promising to record a song with her.



Progress performed his favourite song, “Change Will Come”, on the first theme performance” by Sam Cooke, a soul song released in 1964.

For his first performance for the night, Zadok sang “When a man loves a woman” by Micheal Bolton, the song was released as far back as 1991.

The second theme performance was for the contestants to sing a song picked by one of the judges.

While Simi picked ‘Soul provider’ for Zadok, DBanj picked ‘Joy’ by Wizkid for Progress.

Progress stormed the stage for the second time on the stage, appearing in a Wizkid-inspired outfit as he performed “Joy”, a song that thrilled fans.


The top two Nigerian Idol finalists flanked by the judges

Dressed in a dazzling blue suit, Zadok performed the song, which caught the attention of the original singer, Micheal Bolton, on Twitter.

On the last theme for the night, Progress, alongside 121 choristers, thrilled the fans with a stellar performance of Uncle Suru by Jon Ogah.

Alongside the same choristers, Zadok wowed the crowd with Timi Dakolo’s Wish Me Well performance.

Prizes at stake

Meanwhile, the organisers have revealed that N100 million prizes are up for grabs in the seventh season, which premiered on February 6.

According to the judges, as the musical contest gradually ends, the winner will walk away with N100, 000, 000 worth of prizes, including a recording deal from a label, a brand-new Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), cash prizes, and other exciting gifts.

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Nigerian Idol season 7 is sponsored by Big Drinks and Binance Africa. Fans can keep track of the show on social media platforms and on Africa Magic Showcase (DStv channel 151), Urban (DStv channel 153 & GOtv Supa channel 6), and Family (DStv channel 154 & GOtv channel 2) every Sunday from 7 p.m.

You can also catch up on all the episodes on the DStv App and watch the latest behind the scenes on Showmax across Africa and in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

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Tonto Dikeh Writes Open Letter To MohBad’s Dad



Controversial Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, has accused Joseph Aloba, father of late singer, Illerioluwa Aloba, otherwise known as Mohbad, of focusing on material things rather than mourning the passing of his son.

Tonto, who expressed displeasure at his actions since the death of his son, had a lot to say about him in an open letter. She posted a picture of Mohbad on her Instagram page and addressed his father, condemning the hasty burial of the singer which took place immediately after his death, an action which led to a public outcry in September 2023.

“I can empathise with the harsh realities of poor conditions, but when it involves your own flesh and blood, your son, it’s truly heartbreaking. How is it that material things or wealth seems to outweigh the love for your own child?

“The hurried and undignified burial of our dear MohBad within a mere 24 hours of his supposed passing, compounded by insufficient arrangements due to financial constraints after getting a whopping sum of N2 million, is deeply distressing considering his status. Need I remind you of the shameless, senseless and inhumane way MohBad’s neck was broken?”


She condemned Mr Aloba’s persistent cry for a DNA test to be conducted on Mohbad’s infant son, Liam, alleging that his interest in the boy’s paternity only grew after some funds were paid into the boy’s bank account. She reminded him that Wunmi was his son’s wife, his current widow and he ought to go to her with his DNA demands.

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“The decision to exhume your son’s remains stemmed from a collective outcry of Nigerian youth – which is a testament to our shared concern. While we acknowledged that Mohad is indeed your son, please note, he was a married man, and the responsibility should extend to his wife regardless of any circumstances.

“In your quest for global assistance and DNA verification, it’s crucial to address the right of that woman personally, the one who holds the answers. By the way I totally agree with DNA, but why are you asking Nigerians for DNA and not Wunmi?” the actress added.

“Your immersion in social media, driven by trivialities and fleeting fame, is disheartening. I find solace in the knowledge that you are not a part of my family, sparing us the pain of witnessing your disregard for your son’s memory. It’s bewildering that your discontent only surfaced upon witnessing contributions to your grandson in custody of his mother, your late son’s wife.”

Finally Tonto alleged that Mohbad’s father had capitalised off his son’s death and charged N10,000 to N15,000 to grant interviews. She urged him to do better for the sake of his son.


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Nigerian music industry now copying my style, says Portable



Controversial Nigerian singer, Habeeb Okikiola, popularly known as Portable, has claimed that most artistes in the music industry now copy his dance and dressing style.

Portbale stated that the music videos in the industry originate from him and are repackaged by others.

He made this known while featuring on the latest episode of the Afrobeats podcast with Adesope.

Seaking in pidgin, he said, “I blow by myself, even my dance blow. All those dance wey dem dey do, na me get am, dem just dey pieces am. Na my network dem dey use for industry now. Go check all the videos for industry now, na my dressing; the big clothes, big shoes, ‘small body, big engine’ na my own.


“If you don blow, anything wey you do, dem go dey repackage am. DEM dey do my style of beat and movement. Even dem don dey copy my bad character.”

He also took a swipe at artistes in the inudstry living a fake life.

His words: “Dem go say them build house for Lekki, and you no get the paper. Now, for one land, you go see 17 like landlords. No one plot, two or three plots. Me and you go dey open one door, and say ‘good morning’ and we still be landlord.

“Now, the day wey dem wan demolish or sell the house, who go drop the doument? Who go collect the money? They have been duped.”

Before we blow, e get some artistes wey we dey say ‘God, i wan be like this.’ No dey tell God say you wan be like this, say i want to be like myself. For this industry, e get some wey get money for this industry, and some no get money.’

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Spotify’s ‘Wrapped’ unveils Nigeria’s most popular soundscapes, listening habits in 2023



Spotify, on Wednesday, unveiled this year’s edition of ‘Wrapped’, its highly anticipated annual recap of listeners’ musical journeys. This immersive experience provides users with a comprehensive overview of their year in music, allowing them to reflect on their preferences and discover hidden gems. This year’s Wrapped showcases the remarkable diversity of music and the passionate listening habits of Nigerian music enthusiasts.

As the year comes to a close, Spotify Wrapped takes users on a personalised journey through their favourite songs, artists, albums, and genres that defined their musical experience in 2023. Nigeria once again echoed with a vibrant tapestry of musical voices, as talented artists emerged and reigned supreme on the charts. For the third year in a row, Nigerian artistes and songs make up Nigeria’s top ten most streamed artistes, in true showcase of Nigeria’s pride in their own music.

“Nigeria is a hotbed of musical talent, and we’re incredibly proud to showcase the diversity and passion of Nigerian music lovers through Wrapped,” said Phiona Okumu, Spotify’s Head of Music, Sub-Saharan Africa. “This year’s Wrapped is a testament to the power of music to connect people and bring them closer to the culture and traditions of Nigeria.”

In 2023, Nigerian music took the world by storm, reaching unprecedented heights and breaking down barriers. Rema, one of the genre’s brightest stars, has had an extraordinary rise to fame. His collaboration with American pop star Selena Gomez on the hit single Calm down has won him legions of fans worldwide and has become the first African-led single to reach a billion streams on Spotify. A landmark achievement for African artistes, this song is the first by a Nigerian Afrobeats artiste to feature on the top 10 chart of most streamed recordings globally on Spotify. It also tops the Nigerian song export chart, solidifying its position as a global musical phenomenon.

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Rema and Asake have also cemented their positions as Afrobeats’ global ambassadors, with Rema holding the title of the most globally exported artist and Asake captivating audiences across Nigeria, Ghana, and Togo, earning him the coveted title of most streamed artist in each country. This continued international success further underscores the enduring appeal of Afrobeats as the most exported genre of the year.

Asake’s dominance continued in the Top 10 most streamed tracks, with three of his hits – Lonely At The Top, 2:30 and Amapiano making the cut. His reign extended to the Gen Z demographic, with Asake becoming the most streamed artiste among Nigerian and Ghanaian Gen Z listeners. His song Lonely At The Top further cemented his popularity among Nigerian Gen Zs, topping the charts for their age group.

Interestingly, Mohbad secured a position in the top 20 list of the most streamed artistes in Nigeria, an attribute to an increased interest in his music following his untimely death. His track Ask About Me was the top streamed track everyday between September 13 and 25.

On the top most streamed female artistes, Spotify RADAR alumnus and 1st time Grammy Nominee, Ayra Starr clinched the title of the most streamed female artist in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Mercy Chinwo, a gospel artist, secured a spot among the top 10 most streamed female artists in Nigeria, underscoring the enduring popularity and influence of gospel music.

The throwback charts for 2023 were dominated by the legendary 2Pac, with his song Hit ‘Em Up – Single Version and album Greatest Hits securing the top spots. This resurgence of interest in 2Pac’s music is likely due to the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, the numerous headlines surrounding his death this year, and his enduring status as one of the most influential and successful rappers of all time. As a result, many Nigerians turned to Spotify to stream his music, solidifying his position in the charts.

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On top local podcasts in the hearts of Nigerian listeners, the spotlight falls on Apostle Joshua Selman, KOINONIA with Apostle Joshua Selman, The HonestBunch Podcast, I Said What I Said, Tea with Tay, and Koinonia Experience With Apostle Joshua Selman (ENI). The leading position of these podcast shows come as no surprise, given their widespread popularity among the youths, especially the Gen Zs and Millennials. Their popularity can also be attributed to their engaging and entertaining content, their keen awareness of trending subjects and their unfiltered and candid conversations.

Here’s what the Spotify Wrapped data says about Nigeria’s listening habits in 2023:

1: The demand for local music in Nigeria continued to skyrocket, with consumption growing by an impressive 284 per cent.

2: Average streams of female artists in Nigeria experienced a remarkable 150 per cent surge year-on-year
3: Music lovers in Nigeria turn up the volume on Fridays to indulge in their favourite tunes
4: Rema topped the list of most searched queries, while Burna Boy topped the list of both most searched artists and most viral artistes.

Asake’s Lonely At The Top claimed the first spot on most viral tracks


Eligible users can access their personalised 2023 Wrapped experience exclusively in the Spotify mobile app (iOS and Android) and also this year, via web view on mobile or Desktop by heading to

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