Victory Gbakara Wins Nigerian Idol Season 8

Nigerian singer, Victory Gbakara has emerged winner of the season eight edition of the Nigerian Idol.

His emergence as the winner was announced on the show on Sunday.

The victory closed off the season with a performance of Blessed by Wizkid.

The season eight edition of the show started Sunday, April 23, 2023.

The music contest, Nigerian Idol, is the local version of the Idol series franchise. It is the second Idol franchise for the country as it was already part of Idols West Africa which was also shot and produced in Stockholm, Sweden.

The show started with its first season in 2010, the 50th anniversary of the country with the tagline Live Your Dream.  Auditions were open for every Nigerian between 18 and 28. The first season went on air in October 2010 and is shown on 15 different channels all across Africa.

Gbakara, the winner of this season’s edition will get N100 million grand prize, part of which is N35 million in cash. His win also includes a music record deal and a video shoot.

The show’s finale on Sunday night began with group performances from all the contestants alongside the judges. D’banj, Simi and Obi Asika led the chorus of ‘Hall of Fame’, a 2014 song by the Star of Copenhagen, Switzerland.

The 2023 edition, hosted by IK Osakioduwa, premiered in April. The live show aired for 10 weeks — from April 23 to July 16.


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