It is common knowledge that a high percentage of upcoming artists in Nigeria cannot raise money to make music or have someone to sponsor their music career, and for this reason, they are always on the lookout for ongoing music competitions that can enable them to showcase their talent and become successful in the Nigerian music industry.
That is why I am writing this article, having taken time to research and discover ongoing music competitions in Nigeria that can be beneficiary to upcoming artists in Nigeria who are yet to blow into the music industry.
But before we see the music competitions that are ongoing in Nigeria, let us first see what a music competition really means.
What is a music competition?
A music competition is an organized event where participants are given the opportunity to openly perform their or others’ music as a means of proving they are musically talented.
These events are usually organized by big companies who also see them as a means of showcasing their numerous products and services.
Over the years, several young and upcoming artists in Nigeria have benefitted from one music competition or another, and if you exercise patience and read this article to the end, you will discover most of our top artists today who become successful through a music competition.
Anyways, without further ado, let’s get into the heading of this article: ongoing music competitions in Nigeria.
Ongoing music competition in Nigeria.
Below are the ongoing music competitions in Nigeria:
- Nigerian idol.
- MTN Project Fame.
- Freestyle Unplugged.
- Destiny Child Gospel Music Talent Hunt.
1. Nigerian Idol.
Nigerian Idol was given birth to in 2010 and the title of their first edition was “Live Your Dream, Accept No Limitation”.
This ongoing music competition has since given way for young talented Nigerians between the ages of 18 to 28 to showcase their musical talent.
Recall that the first edition was rounded up with a final battle between Onyekachi Elizabeth and Naomi Ebiama and the latter came out victorious and went home with a whopping N7.5 million Naira, a recording contract with Sony Music, and an expense-paid trip to South Africa.
After that, this music competition has had winners who are our today’s superstars like Mercy Chinwo, Moses Obi, etc.
2. MTN Project Fame.
MTN Project Fame is a music competition organized by one of the leading and biggest telecommunications companies in Nigeria known as MTN.
MTN has used this platform to afford young talented Nigerians the opportunity of showcasing their talents and in the end, win amazing prizes as well as bring their music career to the forefront.
Lots of our superstars today came to the limelight through this platform of which notable are: Iyanya, Chidinma, and Ayoola amongst many others.
X-Factor is an ongoing television music competition in Nigeria sponsored by one of the leading telecommunication outlets in Nigeria known as Globacom, or Glo for short.
When you showcase your talent in this music competition, you stand a chance to win a whopping sum of $150,000 which is equivalent to N24,000,000 (Twenty Four Million Naira).
Aside from this grand prize, the winner of this competition will also sign a record deal with Sony Music.
4. Freestyle Unplugged.
Freestyle Unplugged is an ongoing music competition in Nigeria that creates an opportunity for talented Nigerian rappers to engage in a freestyle battle and win amazing prizes.
At a glance, 20 young and talented upcoming artists in Nigeria are allowed to participate in this music competition until one of them emerges the winner at the end of it all.
The winner of this music competition gets a management and promotional deal as well as other rewards.
5. Destiny Child Gospel Music Talent Hunt.
All the aforementioned music competition are for secular artists, so in case you are a gospel artist and has all along been wondering if there is no music competition in Nigeria for gospel artists, well Destiny Child Gospel Music Talent Hunt is here to tell you that there is surely an ongoing music competition for gospel artists in Nigeria.
It is very important to note that this platform is a nonprofit Christian project that was designed to avail gospel artists in Nigeria the opportunity of becoming successful in the Nigerian music industry as their secular counterparts.
However, the goal of Destiny Child Gospel Music Talent Hunt is to spread the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ through music.
Auditions for 2023/2024 are ongoing and you can follow the links above to enroll for anyone of your choice.
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