28-year-old Stage actress Agharese Emokpae popularly known as A’rese has won the first season of The Voice Nigeria.
A’rese comes from a creative family. She has been doing music theatre ever since she graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2010. She has starred in various musicals and theatre productions in both Nigeria and The United States.
It was a nail-biting finale as A’rese and Chike made the Top 2. They performed “Halleluyah” by Jeff Buckly. and “Mama” by Kiss Daniel respectively.
The entire final episode was thrilling with all the Top 8 contestants bringing their A-game.
The team performances were a major highlight with Waje, 2Baba, Patoranking and Timi Dakolo performing alongside their top 2 team members.
The competition which started with 47 contestants, had a line-up of eight competitive contestants in the final which held on Sunday night.
A’rese, who was mentored by singer Waje, was awarded a recording contract, an SUV worth N7 million and a 4-night gateway to Dubai, for emerging winner.
The entertaining finale saw the mentors ― Waje, Timi Dakolo, 2face Idibia and Patoranking ― all duet with their mentees.
After the duets and individual performances, the top four were announced, which included – Brenda, A’rese, Chike and Cornel.
The top 4 was subsequently pruned to the duo of Chike and A’rese, before the latter was announced winner of the competition.
On the breathtaking night, Arese won the audience and fans over with charismatic and awe-inspiring renditions of Aretha Franklin‘s ‘Think’ and ‘Hallelujah’ by Alexandra Burke.
Over the course of the competition, Arese’s six-year stage experience set her apart from her peers.
A graduate of Washington and Lee University, Arese has featured in many musicals and theatre productions in both Nigeria and the US.