25-year old Ighorodje Okiemute wins MTN Project Fame Season 9.
After series of talent search auditions across West Africa, and a grueling 61 days in the academy, the MTN #ProjectFame9.0 competition has come to an end.
Unexpectedly, Okiemute Ighorodje came tops as the winner of season 9 of Project Fame West Africa.
The finals was keenly contested between super talents from all over the West African region.
The initial 24 talents got pruned down to the super 6 contestants who then gave entertaining performances comprising both their personal compositions as well as contemporary African hits.
Winner #ProjectFame9.0, Okiemute Ighorodje is a 25-year-old Linguistics & Communications graduate from the University of Port Harcourt.
Okiemute performed Phyno’s hit song “Fada Fada” at the closing gala, earning her resounding applause from the crowd.
Okiemute Wins MTN Project Fame Season 9
She walked away with the N5m grand prize, an SUV, and a recording contract worth millions of Naira.
Before Project Fame, Okiemute used to be a model but began following her passion as the lead singer of a band.
She hails is from a family of six, and is the third of four girls.
Okiemute credits her journey into music to one of her sisters, whom she said was always quick to put her at the forefront of any music-related activity.
The first runner-up, Elizabeth Emoruwa, who performed Tiwa Savage‘s “Standing Ovation” got N3m and a saloon car.
Second runner-up, Kitay Okotete, performed Kiss Daniels’ “Mama”. Kitay got N2m and a saloon car.
Pere Davies sang Sam Smith‘s “Writing on the Wall” and came fourth, going home with N2m.
Dapo Arogundade came fifth. He sang Labrinth‘s “Jealous” and went home with N1m.
Winner Egbo who completed the final six sang Adele‘s “Hello”. She came sixth and went home with N500,000.
There were performances by YBNL artiste, Adekunle Gold, and dance instructor Loveth.
Fans and media buffs had earlier predicted Kitay or Elizabeth as likely winners.
However, a lot of fans have raised the question if Okiemute really deserved to win.
Academy Principal, Joke Silva, fondly called “Mummy J” announced on academy day 61 that all the previous runner-ups from season 1 to 9 will be given an opportunity to be crowned winner of season 10.