These lucky 18 hopefuls were chosen from a round of auditions and will be taken to the Performance Academy where they will live throughout the duration of Project Fame competition. They will be trained and coached into becoming music professionals by members of the Faculty. The Faculty is a group of music professionals whose main responsibility is to teach and train the contestants.
While in the Fame Academy, contestants will be filmed 24/7, a daily thirty minute show will air on several TV stations all over the country from Monday to Friday. Each Sunday the contestants will all perform. After their individual performances, the judges and members of the faculty will comment and afterwards members of the public get to vote for the contestant who they think had the best performance.
Voting starts from Sunday 8pm and ends on Saturday at 4pm.
The next Saturday is the elimination show where the four contestants with the lowest public votes will be up for elimination. The four contestants are however given a chance to redeem themselves by performing again. Afterwards, the judges, the contestants and the faculty save one contestant each. The contestant who isn’t saved at all is automatically eliminated. This is the same format the show will go with until a winner emerges in three months time.
This year the winner of Project Fame goes home with a fantastic recording contract, N2.5m and a brand new Toyota RAV4. The 1st runner up gets to go home with N1.5m and a Toyota Corolla while the 2nd runner gets N1m and a Toyota Yaris. In addition the top 6 contestants get to work with Nigeria’s leading producer on their own compositions and release a group song!
The first winner of MTN Project Fame was Iyanya Mbuk who has gone on to release his successful debut album, My Story. The winner of PFWA Season 2 was Mike Anyasodo whose ‘Fine Fine Lady’ single is now a radio and a regular on TV Channels across the country.
The lucky PFWA 18 will be getting their first taste of fame this week. Asa is set to visit the contestants of the MTN Project Fame Season 3 on Thursday 22nd of July 2010. Asa will share her experience as an upcoming talent; and tell the remarkable story of her rise to international fame. As a tribute to the singer who has proudly flown the Nigerian flag, the contestants will be performing her songs this Saturday at this week’s performance show. The contestants will also perform select numbers from Tracy Chapman. Asa will also be on hand to judge the contestants when performing. Obviously the highlight of the evening will be when the singer mounts the stage to perform some of her hit songs.
MTN Project Fame West Africa is produced by Ultima Limited which happens to be a major TV content and production company. Ultima Limited has also produced the highly popular franchise hit show- Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
Who is doing what at PFWA III
• Academy Principal: Joke Silva
• Judges: Kwame, TY MIX, Bibi brew and Nomoreloss
• Dance: Instructor: Kaffy
• Music: Director: Ben Ogbeiwi
• Voice: Coach: Dupe Ige
• Hosts: Adaora Oleh and Joseph Benjamin
TV Schedule for PFWA III
• STV Mon to Fri-7:30-8pm, Sat 11-1pm,Sat-5-6,Sun 7:30-9pm;
• AIT Sat-7-8pm, Sun 6:30pm,
• DBN Mon-Fri 7-7:30pm, Sat 2-4:30pm,Sat 5-6pm,7:30-9pm
• ESBS Mon- Fri 7:30-8pm, Sat 7-8pm,Sun 6:30-8pm;
• CRBS Mon-Fri 7:30-8pm,Sat-10:30am-1pm,Sat 5-6pm,Sun 7:30-9pm
The Lucky 18
Adebola is fascinated by the likes of Cece Winans, Lauryn Hill, Marvin Sapp and Nikki Laoye.
She sees her country as the land of great possibilities and hopes that the rich culture will not degenerate as time rolls by but if given the opportunity to live outside Nigeria she would like to live in the United States.Her Bible is the core of her foundation and a definite Academy item. She expects the Academy will greatly improve her singing ability.
One thing she will like to take into the academy is her disc man. She hopes the Academy will be interesting.Her dislikes include dirt, body odour and oppression which she says makes her loose her temper. Comedy she said is one thing that cracks her ribs. She hopes for a better future for Nigeria.
Christian is a 22 year old student from the Ashanti Region in Ghana. He absolutely loves singing and writing songs. He describes himself as emotional and says he expresses his emotions by crying. He hates gossips and discrimination.He wishes to develop a career in singing and sees Project Fame as an excellent platform.
Luther Vandross is his icon.He describes his Ipod as his companion and would definitely want to take it into the Academy.He plans to be the hottest vocalist in the whole wide world….in five years!
Eyo speaks Ibibio, Pidgin and English fluently. He is a song writer and hopes that one day his songs will be heard all over the world.
His hobbies include singing, playing football, and hanging out with friends. Some of his favourite musicians are Deitrick Haddon, Musiq Soul Child, Angie Stone, Jill Scott, Maxwell and D’Angelo. His best food is plantain and beans.Eyo is optimistic and determined to get to the top. It is win or win for him! MTN Project Fame is the opportunity he has been waiting for to showcase his talent.
Kesse is very proud of Ghana because it’s peaceful. He sees politics as one of the pressing issues that should be attended to.The one thing he cannot do without is his guitar so expect to see him strumming away in the Academy.
She is obsessed with her eyes because they are pretty and they speak her emotions. Lindsey would love to go into the Academy with her music player which she sees as her “inspiration and connection to her spiritual and natural world”. She expects the Academy to be a great place with great musical minds.
She would like to go into the Academy with her Bible because it’s the source of her strength and inspiration. She hopes that the Academy will be fun, friendly and interesting.
Artistes like Brian McKnight, Neyo, Luther Vandross, Alicia Keys, and Reuben Studdard are his favorites. He also likes reading Sidney Sheldon, John Grisham and Stephen King novels.
Ochuko loves pounded yam and Efo Riro (vegetable soup). He dislikes snobs, greedy, and dirty people.A whole lot of drama and fun is the summary of what he expects in the Academy.
Rhoda loves her country Nigeria, which she describes as richly blessed with great and lovely people; however, she considers the lack of social and infrastructural development as a major issue.
Her must-have Academy item is her Bible because it guides her through her daily activities.
He loves serene environments, music, and hanging out with friends. His favorite artistes include Usher and Brandy.
He is fascinated by R Kelly, Brandy, Joe, Boyz II Men, Will Smith and Denzel Washington. He likes drawing, writing music, watching movies and hanging out with his girlfriend. He dislikes heartbreak, wife beaters and gossips.He wishes to go into the Academy with his laptop so he can listen to music, watch movies, and above all gaze at his girlfriend’s pictures. He believes the Academy is a place to learn and grow musically and in other phases of life. He’s in it to win it!
He hopes the Academy will be fun, exciting, mind blowing, adventurous and romantic!
Born in the early 90’s, Yetunde lost her mother eight years ago and relocated to Ibadan after her secondary school education in search of greener pastures, starting a career in music as a backup singer for gospel artistes in Ibadan. She got to know about Project Fame West Africa this year and feels this is an opportunity to showcase her talent to the world.She admires Tracy Chapman, India Arie and Whitney Houston. Her favourite book is Goals! by Brian Tracy.
She expects the Academy to be fun, educative, challenging and victorious.