Airtel’s Nigeria Got Talent Ends With A Bang



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It was a moment of conquest, happiness
and fulfilment for Robots for Christ, a Benin-based entertainment duo and
contestants in the season two of the Airtel-sponsored Nigeria’s Got Talent
reality show as they beat nine other finalists to the N10 Million grand
prize. 
Robots for
Christ was declared the winner by NGT presenter, Andre Blaize at a grand finale
held at the weekend at the Dream Studios in Lagos before the three celebrity
judges, Dan Foster, Kate Henshaw and Yibo Koko and thousands of guests chief
among which include the management and staff of Airtel Nigeria, the lead
sponsor, management and staff of Optima Media Group, Malta Guinness and members
of the media.
The
occasion lived up to book makers’ billing as the only non-discriminatory
reality show per excellence with series of fun-filled, exciting and breath
taking performances from the ten finalists who sought to convey a message of
unity in diversity and Bash, a stand-up comedian who captivated both guests and
audience with rib-cracking jokes.  
Speaking in his welcome address, the Chief Executive Officer and
Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, while congratulating the
finalists for putting in their best, said the foremost telecoms operator shares
in the dreams of the Nigerian youths hence the creation of worthwhile platforms
such as the NGT to identify, nurture, reward and celebrate the talented.


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“As an innovative company, we value
talent and will always go any distance to identify and celebrate talented
Nigerians. We are extremely delighted to be associated with Nigerian talents
because we are passionate about creating credible platforms that celebrate and
reward innovation and originality. The Airtel brand is not just red, bold and
jazzy but youthful, exciting, unique and full of fun,” he said
The Airtel Chief Executive also reiterated the commitment of the
company to the brand vision of becoming the most loved brand in the daily lives
of Nigerians.

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His word, “We are committed to driving
our brand vision of being the most loved brand in the daily lives of Nigerians.
As a company, we are passionate about building reputable platforms for the
celebration of talented Nigerians, we will continue to support initiatives that
will bring excitement and happiness to the door steps of all our stakeholders.
We have been consistent in bringing laughter, pure joy, excitement and plenty
of fun to the homes of Nigerians through our various platforms”
Ogunsanya also listed some of the
other platforms through which Airtel has been bringing excitement to Nigerians
homes asides Nigeria’s Got Talent to include, Airtel Rising Stars,Tinsel,
partnership with Arsenal Football Club, Big Brother Africa, the Lagos Countdown
Festival, CSR-based Adopt-A-School initiative among several others. 
In his own speech, the Group Managing
Director of Optima Media Group, Rotimi Pedro said the whole idea of the
multi-talent reality is to create a platform that would help to discover
talented individuals, put them on stage in the hope they would cut a career for
themselves.
He also revealed that Got Talent
franchise has a global franchise currently in  53 countries making it the
most wide travelled and most watched by households.
  

Top dignitaries on the bill of Airtel
who accompanied the CEO-Ogunsanya and his wife in gracing the event include
Maurice Newa, Chief Commercial Officer; Mrs. Segun Ogunsanya; Jibril Saba,
Director of Human Resources; Obinna Aniche, Director, Brand and Marketing; Nitin
Anand, Products and Services; Ajay Bakshi, Director, Customer Service Delivery;
Rama Krishna, Director, Supply Chain; Dinesh Balsingh, Director, Segment and U
&R; Rahul Chaudhari, Director, Marketing and Revenue Planning; Adebayo
Osinowo, Regional Operations Director, Lagos; Wole Abu, GM Acquisitions;
Ifeanyi Egbuawa, Senior Manager, Brand Assets, and, Adefemi Adeniran, Head of
PR.


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The Airtel NGT 2 train had successfully combed the nation for
talents for months beginning with regional auditions in eight cities across the
nation followed by theatre auditions in Lagos from which the top 40 were
selected to participate in the semi-finals in groups of eight over a period of
five weeks with two best acts from each group going through to the finals.
The other finalists include Laff Doctor, David, Korede Odukale,
Daniel ‘8 Strings’ Azuka, C.I.D Squad, D’ Flex, Elevators NG, Praize Puppets
and D Naturals
The show commenced on October 9 with nation-wide auditions in
select cities including Abuja, Port- Harcourt, Asaba, Calabar, Enugu, Benin,
Ibadan and Lagos .The semi-finals opened on December 29 while the finals held
weekend of February 8, 2014.


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It is the only talent competition show that is open to any age and
any talent, with auditions taking the show to numerous cities in search of a
one-of-a-kind gifted or skilled individual. 

Nigeria’s Got Talent is sponsored by Airtel and is ably supported
by Malta Guinness, Tetrazzinni, Soul Mate Hair Products and Nig.info among
other partners.
Airtel’s NGT 2 was shown on both terrestial and satelite TV
stations including NTA Network (5-6 pm), STV Network (9-10pm) Ontv(6-7pm),
Soundcity on Dstv(6-7pm), Hip TV on Dstv & Gotv (Channel 324-8-9pm), V
Channel on Startines (Channel 124-8-9pm), Oodua TV on Startimes (Channel
112-8-9pm), A+ Channel on Mobile Tv(8-9pm),Wap TV on Startimes (Channel
Ii6-7-8pm), Amc on Startimes (Channel 144-8-9pm).
Meanwhile, the Result Show is aired on both terrestial and
satelite TV stations including NTA Network (3.30-4 pm), STV Network (7.30-8pm)
Ontv(6-6.30pm), Soundcity on Dstv(6-6.30pm), Hip TV on Dstv & Gotv (Channel
324-8-8.30pm), V Channel on Startines (Channel 124-8-8.30pm), Oodua TV on
Startimes (Channel 112-8-8.30pm), A+ Channel on Mobile Tv(8-8.30pm),Wap TV on
Startimes (Channel Ii6-9.30-10pm), Amc on Startimes (Channel
144-7.30-8pm).
For embeddable clips and full episodes of the show as well as
artwork, visit www.GotTalentNigeria.com. ;www.Facebook.com/NigeriasGotTalent; www.Twitter.com/NigeriasGotTalent and www.airtellive.com .
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