TheNigerianVoice Online Radio Center

Airtel Steps up Tempo of Nigeria Got Talent

…Unveils Celebrity Judges Kate Henshaw, Dan Foster and Yibo Koko
By Kenneth Obasi EZE
Listen to article

Lagos, Nigeria; September 12, 2012: Ace Radio Personality, Dan Foster and Nollywood A-list actress, Kate Henshaw, along with Port Harcourt-based ace-comedian, Yibo Koko, have been named the three judges to steer the first ever Nigeria's Got Talent reality TV show sponsored by leading telecoms operator, Airtel Nigeria.

In addition to the three personalities, Andre Blaze Henshaw, one of the youngest 'veterans' of Nigerian electronic media was announced as the show's Presenter, during a special ceremony at its corporate head office in Banana Island, Lagos.

Speaking at the event, the Chief Operating Officer of Airtel, Deepak Srivastava said the company remains focused in adding value to the lives of Nigerians, reiterating that the Got Talent platform provided yet another great opportunity to empower and entertain Nigerians.

Stated Srivastava: “The choice of the three veterans who are well versed in the creative arts would further create the right excitement, fun and intrigues that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats and provide healthy discourse among family members, friends, loved ones and even colleagues in the workplaces every single day till the star winner emerges in the grand finale few weeks to Christmas.

“The icing on the cake”, Srivastava, continued, “is that we have also introduced the NGT SMS Trivia that would enable Nigerians win fantastic prizes including a daily prize of N200,000, weekly prize of N1,000,000 and a grand prize of N5 million.”

To participate in the trivia which is open to both Airtel customers and those on other networks, subscribers are to send the keyword TALENT to the short code 33685 to register.

On registration, customers will receive questions and when answered, earn points. The more questions answered guarantees participants additional points.

Airtel Nigeria, in June, announced the sponsorship of the Nigeria's Got Talent Television Show aimed at providing a solid platform for the nation's youth to actualize their dreams with their talents which could lead them to fame and fortune, with a star prize of N10 Million Naira for the ultimate winner of the show.

At the recently concluded regional auditioning across the country, over 4,000 Nigerians registered for participation out of which over 40 different acts, including a 60 year old singer, emerged for the qualifying rounds.

The Nigeria Got Talent show is a concept born out of the need to promote hidden talents amongst Nigerians who aspire to earn a living via the entertainment business to unearth their hidden talents that would otherwise remain unnoticed by providing a platform for them to hone these talents and attain stardom.

Nigeria is the second African country aside South Africa to hold a franchise for the global reality show which currently holds in several countries in Europe and the USA, including Australia and some Asian countries.

The Nigerian Got Talent show broadcast commences on Sunday, September 16 on the following terrestrial TV stations; NTA, AIT, STV and TVC as well as on DStv and hiTV UK, Satellite stations.