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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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Juju music sensation Dele Taiwo’s star-studded birthday bash in Lagos to hold on Sunday



The cozy Avalanche Club is set to become the epicenter of a grand celebration this Sunday as renowned Juju musician, Asiwaju Dele Taiwo, affectionately known as Dele Taiwo, commemorates his birthday with a star-studded event dubbed “Asiwaju Dele Taiwo and Friends Live In Lagos.”

This highly anticipated celebration, powered by Otunba Femi Davies of Metronews and Otunba Bestman Nze Jumbo of Team Nigeria for Change, promises to be an unforgettable evening, featuring performances from top Juju musicians such as Queen Ayo Balogun, Hessking, Fuji rave, Alh Wasiu Haruna Ishola son of the Apapa legend, Haruna Ishola. Boye Best is also top on the list of artistes that will thrill the birthday celebration audience.

The event is surely a testament of the profound respect and admiration the Nigerian music community holds for Dele Taiwo, a prominent figure in the industry.

Otunba Bestman, expressing his excitement, shared, “Asiwaju Dele Taiwo is my friend and a force to reckon with in the Nigerian music space. It is our style in Team Nigeria for Change to identify and celebrate such outstanding acts. So, myself and some friends believe it is not too much to celebrate such a person who has made huge impacts on his birthday.”


The venue for this exclusive birthday celebration, Avalanche Restaurant and Lounge, is strategically chosen for its cozy and pleasurable ambiance.

Owned by Hon. Kehinde Paul Bankole, this upscale venue is located at 5, Bamako Estate, Opposite Omole Phase I, in Lagos.

Hon. Bankole emphasized the special nature of this event, stating, “Gentleman Dele Taiwo’s birthday celebration is a special appearance for me personally and I can assure our guests that the best treatment in terms of hospitality awaits them at Avalanche this Sunday.”

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Guests attending the event can look forward to a glamorous evening starting with a red carpet reception at 4:00 PM, setting the tone for a night filled with music, celebration, and high spirits.

Asiwaju Dele Taiwo’s birthday bash is not just a celebration of his life but also a tribute to his contributions to the Juju music genre, bringing together friends, fans, and fellow musicians in an evening of joy and festivity.


Media support includes City People magazine, MetroNews, Eko mi Eko e, Freelanews, SocietyGist, Goldmyne, Islanders Events magazine, Dior Events, Dope TV, and many more.

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Nana Otedola blesses DJ Cuppy with prayers for a partner after baptism



Nana Otedola, the mother of popular disc jockey Florence Otedola, also known as DJ Cuppy, has prayed for her daughter following her recent baptism.

DJ Cuppy and her younger sister, Temi Otedola, were baptized recently and shared videos of the ceremony, which their mother attended.

Following this event, Nana Otedola expressed her hopes for DJ Cuppy, who is seeking a life partner.

DJ Cuppy posted a screenshot of a conversation with her mother, in which Nana prayed that God would bless her with a man who is devoted to Him.


She encouraged DJ Cuppy by saying that as she grows into her best self and strengthens her bond with God, she will encounter a man who is on a similar path.

“Now that you are becoming your best self and fully united to God, when you are not watching, you will meet a man on his own best self journey. God will give you a man who is running after Him IJN”, Nana wrote.

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Why I am not ready to have kids now – Burna Boy



Grammy-winning Nigerian singer, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, has opened up about why he is not ready to be a father yet.

The ‘City Boys’ crooner said he is not ready to have kids yet because he can’t give them the attention they deserve.

The entertainer stated this while responding to a question raised by a fan during a recent Instagram live session with his fans.

He explained that he would have children when he was settled or married.


“Why haven’t I had kids yet? Bro, because I don’t want to have kids yet,” Burna boy said.

“Have you seen my mum the way she loves me? Have you seen my dad the way he loves me?I know I can’t give that to anyone right now with the life I’m living. So until I’m settled and I can be there for my children everyday, I’m not having no kid.

“I feel like my kids deserved better than I got. And I got both my mum and dad so you understand?”

On the allegations that he is impotent, Burna Boy said, “When I see the bants and the things people say [about me not being able to have kids], I said this is unimportant. Let’s assume that it is true that I couldn’t even have kids, you know that there’s something called IVF? But that is not even true.”

Burna Boy started to gain fame after releasing ‘Like to Party’, the lead single from his debut album ‘L.I.F.E’ (2013).

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In 2021, the singer set a record in Nigeria after his fifth album ‘Twice As Tall (2020)’ won the ‘Best World Music Album’ category at the Grammys.

Burna Boy claimed he brought the Afrobeats genre to the mainstream in 2020.

“FACT! I always knew I was and I am THE BEST. Everyone you think is the best KNOWS I’m BEST since Fela Kuti,” he said.

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