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Game On! Nigerian Idol Gets More Exciting as the Top 30 is Revealed | Meet the 10 Contestants from Round 1 & Vote for Your Favourite



It has been a hard-won battle to make it to the top thirty for the Nigerian Idol contestants who have struggled with exhaustion, nerves and against thousands of other hopefuls also looking for their ticket to fame, stardom and $100,000 grand prize up for grabs.

Now, it’s their turn to shine in the spotlight as the audience and viewers at home take control of the show and vote in the top 12—and who might be the winner of Nigerian Idol Season 3. The first 10 performers have had their chance in the klieg lights and the opportunity to catch your attention. Who will be your top 3 and move into the next round of the competition?


1. Obinna Michael (Mr Byno):
Age: 22
Style: R ‘n’ B swagger
Former Season 2 contestant. He has gotten older, but is he any better? He is charming and certainly has the looks, but it is up to him to prove he has what it takes to win the whole show. To see Mr Byno in the Top 12, send his number 501 to 33680 from any network.


2. Safiya Ramat Idachaba (Safeeyat):
Age: 26
Style: Belting out the classics
This Abuja native has got confidence in spades and the vocals to back it up, and the fun-loving singer wants to ride the Idol wave all the way to international fame. To see Safeeyat in the Top 12, send her number 502 to 33680 from any network.


3. Eseosa Cole (Sossy Cole):
Age: 25
Style: Soulful crowd-pleaser
Sassy Sossa is the life of the party in her home city of Abuja. She hopes that Nigerian Idol will be the spring board to a stratospheric music career and also help her make positive splash on the music scene. To see Sossy Cole in the Top 12, send her number 503 to 33680 from any network.


4. Modele Fatoki (Modele):
Age: 25
Style: Power and potential
Modele calls Lagos her home city and this diehard fan of Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Beyoncé is all about the divas. She is an ambitious singer and hopes to create enormous impact if she wins the competition. To see Modele in the Top 12, send her number 5014 to 33680 from any network.


5. Okechukwu Egbomuche (Okey Jazz):
Age: 22
Style: Experimental and straightforward
Okey sees music as his first love, and is has proven to be an experimental performer on the show. Will his out-of-the-box choices see him into the big league or the finals? To see Okey in the Top 12, send his number 505 to 33680 from any network.

6. Ovo Menta
Age: 20
Style: Earnest and confident
She’s a model, swimmer, party hearty girl who also loves to sing. The challenge is making herself heard in a talented group of vocalists in this race to the top. To see Ovo in the Top 12, send her number 5016 to 33680 from any network.

7. Vicci Chidiebere Ijomah (Vicci):
Age: 22
Style: Smooth delivery
This Port Harcourt son is doing his city proud representing in the competition. He feels his deep connection to classic R ‘n’ B, soul and pop might just be his ticket to the finals. To see Vicci in the Top 12, send his number 507 to 33680 from any network.

8. Adeola Ojetunde (Deola):
Age: 24
Style: Energetic smoothness
He is the unassuming young man who might be the dark horse in this race. His easygoing, laidback attitude may be hiding a killer competitor who is “in it to win it”. To see Adeola in the Top 12, send his number 508 to 33680 from any network.

9. Ekaezue Slim (Azuka Slim):
Age: 22
Style: Smooth delivery
The Wiz Khalifa similarities aside, Azuka Slim sees that the competition as his to lose, but will his originality see him falter on the final step to stardom? To see Azuka in the Top 12, send his number 509 to 33680 from any network.


10. Debbie Olu-Rise (Debbie Rise):
Age: 23
Style: Bold vocalist
Debbie’s romance with music is in perfect synchrony with her daring stage presence. She loves a challenge and Idol will see her all the way to the top, she hopes. To see Debbie in the Top 12, send her number 5010 to 33680 from any network.

Tune in this weekend as the judges take on the next group of 10 hopefuls. Will anyone be able to crack Naeto C’s shell?


Judges, Prizes & TV Schedule
Afrobeat Legend and new judge Femi Kuti, international performing artist Jeffery Daniel from 80’s disco/dance group Shalamar, and Nigeria’s soul diva Yinka Davies are the judges this season, with suave host Ill Rymz bringing us the highs and the lows throughout the competition. Guest judge Naeto C will be on the show while Kuti completes his US tour throughout the month of January.

The Idol grand prize is worth $100,000, and the lucky winner will get N7.5 million in cash, a recording contract also worth N7.5 million, and a brand new SUV. Runner-ups will receive prizes worth a combined total of N10 million.

Nigerian Idol airs weekends on: NTA Network at 4.00pm on Sunday and 3:00pm on Saturday; Sound City and ONTV at 7.00pm on Saturdays and Sundays; Silverbird at 8:00pm on Sundays and 7:30pm on Saturdays and on TVC at 9:30pm on Saturdays and 8:30pm on Sundays.

Visit for compelling back story videos, juicy behind the scene news, and get a taste of what is coming. For the latest information, Like the Nigerian Idol Facebook page (, and follow Nigeria Idol on Twitter at—and you could be eligible to win some fantastic prizes, including the opportunity to be live in the studio for a recording.

Nigerian Idol is brought to you by Etisalat, in association with Pepsi and supported by Beat FM.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Msunderstood

    January 17, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    I remember Modele from west African Idols n dat was 5 years ago. She can siiiiiing but dat age, she didn’t claim 20 @ d time.

  2. Retrochic

    January 17, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Obinna Michael, Mr byno, incredible talent

  3. AMA

    January 17, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    the Ekaezue Slim guy tho

  4. Evilicious

    January 17, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Go Miss Fatoki! So proud of you, I remember u singing in class when we were in secondary sch. I hope u win, I’m rooting for you.

  5. Ada

    January 17, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    good luck to all the talented contestants!

  6. Ms D.

    January 18, 2013 at 12:00 am

    That Azuka kid’s a Wiz. Dude can sing!

  7. feintoe

    January 18, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Yaaayy! Modele all the way! Please guys let’s vote Modele to stardom, she deserves to win. 504 to 33680 is the winning number. God bless y’all.

  8. kmh

    January 20, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I like Ovo menta already,she is cute,but I don’t vote,sorry..scam tinz

  9. montee

    January 20, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Debie you rock. Go for Gold!!!!! 5010 all the way!

  10. Gameboy

    January 24, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Lets go! who will come out on top

  11. Gameboy

    January 24, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Vicci Chidiebere Ijomah looks like May D

  12. tolu

    January 27, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    may I implore the judges to take a cue from Project Fame. It is demoralising if you have to laugh at any performance that is not pleasing. Please if you have to tell anyone NO, be diplomatic and dont hurt feelings.

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