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Airtel’s Nigeria Got Talent Auditions Commence Nationwide

By Uche Peter

Leading telecommunications service provider, Airtel Nigeria, yesterday, at the Bolton White Hotels,Abuja, commenced the auditions for Season Two of Nigeria's Got Talent, which will move to other major cities across Nigeria over the next three weeks.

Thousands of talented acts across different age-brackets, professions and culture will gather at different venues throughout Nigeria to showcase their skills and take a shot at the N10 million star prize.

Aside Abuja, other cities slated for the auditioning are the garden city of Port Harcourt; the Ancient city of Benin; the Coal city of Enugu; Nigeria's first federal capital city, Calabar; Asaba in Delta State, Ibadan and Lagos.

The 2013 auditions is coming after a successful debut season in 2012 which produced hundreds of amazing talents, including the eventual winner, 8-year old Amarachi Uyanne, first runner-up,Violinist Godwin Ogechukwu, the Pebbles, Code Red and The Invincibles.

After the successful audition in Abuja, The next city to host the audition will now move to Mounty Suites in Calabar on October 12. It will then continue at Universal Hotel, Enugu and Xscape Centre, in Port Harcourt on October 17.

The Asaba auditions will hold on October 19 at Hotel Benizia before it is hosted in Benin at the Excalibur Hotel on October 21. Ibadan will follow shortly after at Genesis Suites on October 23 and the auditions will be rounded off in Lagos between October 26-27, at The Box Studio3, Omole Estate Phase One.

Commenting on the pan-Nigeria auditions, the Director of Corporate Communications and CSR, Airtel Nigeria, Emeka Oparah called on talented acts across the nation to take advantage of the platform provided by Airtel Nigeria to launch themselves to the limelight.

“The stage is set for the best reality show ever known and seen in the country. It is now left to every talented act across the nation to show Nigerians and the world what they can offer. With the NGT, we are offering an uncommon and the most appropriate platform for these talented Nigerians to launch themselves to stardom.

We look forward to discovering the likes of Amarachi and Godwin Strings among others in

Season 2,” he said. He also spoke about his company's sponsorship of the franchise which he said is in line with the company's vision of providing credible platforms that can help people achieve their dreams.

His words: “Airtel is extremely delighted to remain the lead sponsor of the Nigeria's Got Talent show now in Season Two. Airtel's association with this unique platform is hinged on our passion for celebrating and rewarding young, talented Nigerians. The Airtel brand is not just red, bold and jazzy but youthful, exciting, unique and a lot of fun.“As a telecommunications company, there are no limits to ensuring that we provide Nigerians with impactful services and veritable platforms for empowerment and wealth creation as well as entertainment and fun.”

The maiden edition of the Nigeria's Got Talent was won by 9 year-old, Amarachi Uyanne from Benin City who performed as a dancer all through the competition. Asides from South Africa, Nigeria is the only African country to have purchased the franchise. The Got Talent franchise has produced many notable performers in the last couple of years including Diversity, Bianca Ryan and Britain's Got Talent's 2009 1st runner up Susan Boyle, whose debut album became the fastest selling UK debut album of all time,

selling over 3 million copies in the U.S amongst others.

The franchise currently in its 9th year is one of the fastest growing international franchises, closing the gap on other successful franchises such as 'The Weakest Link', 'The X Factor' and 'Dancing with the Stars,' amongst others.




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