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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tecno, Africa Magic splash N9.9m on‘Own the Stage Karaoke’ competition‘15

Strongly emerging mobile phone brand, Tecno and DSTvAfrica Magichave doled out a total of $50,000,about N9,952,500 million for the inauguralTecno Own the Stage Karaoke competition, ITRealms reports.

Speaking in Lagos at a news conference to herald the three months competition, a team of officials from both organization, said Tecno Own the Stage would see Karaoke singers from across the continent battling for the prizes which comes in three categories.

The General Manager, Mobile Apps, Tecno Mobile, Mr. OyeAkideinde saidthat over the next three months, 15 contestants drawn from Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania would contest via a number of themed challenges with one person ultimately emerging as Africa’s first karaoke champion.

The contest, he said, would battle in front of a panel of judges to secure a spot in the live finale.

Akideinde, accompanied by the Activation and Event Manager, Mr. AttaiOguche, revealed that the third place winner would be going home with $10,000, about N1,995,000 and Tecno Phantom 5 smartphone; while the second place winner  is expected to go home with $15,000, an estimated N2,985,750, plusTecno Phantom 5 smartphone and three month-internship opportunity with a renowned record  label;while the ultimate prize of $25,000, about N4,976,250 in addition to a Tecno Phantom  smartphone as well as the chance to record a song with one of the judges,ITRealms learnt.

“At Tecno, we continuously strive for greatness. Our products and growth across Africa are a testament to our drive for perfection. Tecno Own the Stage competition is simply in furtherance of this fact. Africa is brimming with love and undeniable talent for music; there are a lot of people who, given an opportunity, will showcase to the rest of the continent and indeed the world just what they are capable of.Tecno Own the Stage competition gives the opportunity and platform to do just that,” he said.

Head, public Relations, M-Net West Africa and Africa Magic, EfosaAiyebomwan, said, “Africa Magic is renowned as the leading provider of world class local content for Africanand global audiences, and also a leading investor in entertainment talent across Africa.

“Our channels, original productions and inclusive shows continue not only to highlight and showcase the best of African entertainment content, but also continue t o serve as platforms for the discovery of exciting African talents. We are delighted to partner with Tecno in bringing the Own the Stage competition to screens across Africa, and we invite our viewers to tune in and catch all the excitement as we discover the continent’s next big star,” he concluded.

Speaking also was one of the judges, Jude Abaga popularly known as M.I. who said Tecno Own the Stage competition is an exciting development for talented and prospective singers from across Africa.

“Karaoke, as a form of entertainment has been around for as long as the practice of recording music itself. There are a lot of talented individuals who have been waiting for an opportunity to show their talent to the wordand Tecno Own the Stage gives them more than an opportunity but also a platform and benefiting prizes to go with it.I am extremely proud to be part of the platform that encourages and promotes talent in Africa,” M.I. said.

The other judges for the competition, ITRealms gathered, are YemiAlade, and Bien, a member of the famous African music group, Sauti Sol.Whilethe show host will be the winner of Big Brother Africa, UtiNwachukwu, who said he will bring Uti factor into the show and make it as natural, relaxed and exciting as possible. 

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