Welcome to GoldenNewsNg, in this article, we will be taking you through Full List of Winners Of Nigerian Idol From 2011 To Date, so make sure you read until the end.
Since the first winner, Onyekachi Onwuka, in 2011, the music TV reality program (Nigerian Idol) has produced seven winners out of 211 contestants.
Apart from the finalists who made the front pages of major newspapers during the show’s finals, it has also discovered and inspired a large number of singers across Nigeria.
From its inception in 2011, until 2015, Nigerian Idol was an annual event. It was five years before Multichoice resurrected the music talent program in 2021.
Multichoice has been able to secure major sponsors such as Tecno Mobile and Bigi Drinks, as well as Binance bitcoin Exchange and Close-up.
This page details the winners of Nigerian Idols seasons 1 through 7, which concluded on Sunday, May 22, 2022.
- Winner: Progress Chukwueme aka Progress
- Age: 21-year-old
Season 7 of Nigerian Idol, which began on a high note with hundreds of aspirant Nigerians around the country, whittled down the top 10 to only 12.
Progress from Delta State was crowned the show’s winner on Sunday, May 22, 2022, defeating Zadok to receive a reward worth one hundred million naira.
Progress, who once stated in an interview that his mother was late, was overcome with emotion as the show’s host declared him as the winner.
Zadok came in second.
Simi, D’banj, Obi Asika featuring Yinka Davies, and Mowumi are the judges.
- Winner: Kingdom Kroseide
- Age: 24-year-old
Kingdom emerged over other brilliant contenders to win the competition on July 11, 2021.
Kroseide won a brand new SUV, as well as NGN30 million in prize money, a recording contract, all-expense-paid trips to Dubai and Seychelles, and a year’s supply of Bigi Drinks, among other things.
Francis Atela came in second.
Obi Asika, Seyi Shay, and DJ Sose are the judges.
IK Osakioduwa (Host)
The top 10 finalists are usually chosen by the judges, however in the 2021 edition of the reality show, the judges chose the top 11.
- Winner: Kunle Ogunrombi aka K Peace
- Age: 32-year-old
K Peace, an Ogun state native, was declared Nigerian Idol season 5 winner on June 13, 2015, after outperforming other candidates across the country.
He won an SUV, a Galaxy tablet, and a record deal, among other things, in addition to the NGN7,5 million cash award.
In a post-show interview with Encomium, he revealed that he has always felt a special gift in him with his “fujirembi” music genre, stating that his originality gave him the edge to win.
- Runner up: Ogunmoye Modoluwamu
- Judges: Darey, Yinka Davies, and Dede Mabiaku
- Winner: Zibili Evely Ibhade aka Evelle
- Age: 23-year-old
Evelle was named the winner of Nigerian Idol Season 4 on June 7, 2014, defeating her close friend Eye-D, who many expected would win.
Her success came with a monetary reward of NGN7.5 million, a Hyundai Four Wheel Drive Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), an Android tablet phone, an iPod, and a recording agreement with Universal Music Group, which was hosted in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital.
- Runner up: Odugbemi Idowu Sarah
- Judges: Dede Mabiaku, Darey, and Nneka
- Winner: Moses Obi-Adigwe
- Age: 22-year-old
Moses, who was crowned the winner of Nigerian Idol season 3 on April 13, 2013, and was expected to walk away with a brand new SUV, NGN7.5 million, and a recording contract, never received any of the thrilling prizes promised on the show.
The event, which was sponsored by a telecom company at the time, failed to deliver on its promises. Moses did not receive his award money for several years after the performance.
Five years after he was announced as the winner of the talent show, he told The Punch that:
“There were lots of dramas, issues surrounding the whole Idol thing. These are things I’ll rather not get into because I am over it. Maybe sometime in my life, I will write a book and talk about it.”
- Runner: Debbie Rise
- Judges of Nigerian Idol season 3 were Yinka Davies, Femi Kuti and Jeffrey Daniel
- Winner: Mercy Chinwo
- Age: 21
Mercy Chinwo, a gospel singer, is one of the most successful Nigerian Idol winners. On April 7, 2012, she was named the season 2 winner of the talent show.
The Port Harcourt-born singer released her first single “Testimony” three years after leaving the Nigerian Idol competition.
She has also dabbled in the film industry, most notably a year after the conclusion of Nigerian Idol 2012, when she appeared in Yvonne Nelson’s film “House of Gold.”
She plays Lucia in the film, which also stars Yvonne Nelson, Majid Michel, and Omawumi. The film was named Best Picture and Best Ghanaian Film at the Ghana Movie Awards in 2013.
As a gospel singer, the former Nigerian Idol has won several awards including Best Gospel Artiste at the CLIMAX Awards 2018, Gospel Artiste of the year at the AFRIMMA Awards 2020 among others.
Some of her albums and singles include The Cross My Gaze released in 2018, Satisfied 2020, and more than 12 others
- Runner up: Joe Blue
- Judges: Yinka Davies, Charly Boy, and Jeffrey Daniel
- Winner: Onyekachi Elizabeth Gilbert Onwuka aka Yeka Onka
- Age: 26-year-old
Yeka Onka made history when she won the first season of Nigerian Idol on March 26, 2011, taking home a cash prize of NGN7.5 million, a recording contract with Sony, and an all-expenses-paid vacation to South Africa.
Since winning the music talent show, the University of Calabar graduate of History and International Relations has played at a number of prominent events, including MBGN 2014 in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
- Runner up Naomi Mac
- Judges: Audu Maikori, Jeffrey Daniel, and singer Yinka Davies
With the level of talent exhibited since the show started, winners of Nigerian Idol show that there are hundreds of potential singers spread across villages, towns, and cities across Africa’s most populous country.
Past Winners of the singing competition and their ages at the time of winning are summarised in the table below:
|1||Onyekachi Elizabeth Onwuka||26||2011|
|4||Zibili Evely Ibhade||23||2014|