The Nigerian Idol success train

11 December 2020
Here’s a look at how Nigerian Idol has changed the lives of its participants for the better.
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While many would argue that there aren’t enough platforms that allow for the nurturing of talent and its consequential export, ventures like the Nigerian Idol have proven otherwise and continue to take the notion of ‘talent’ to heights never imagined before – and we’re certain that previous winners would attest to this. Let’s go down memory lane and reminisce on how the show has changed lives.  

Elizabeth Onwuka

In 2011, Elizabeth Onwuka (fondly known as Yeka Onka) was announced the first-ever Nigerian Idol and walked away with 7.5 million Naira, brand new wheels and a Sony recording contract. The then 27-year-old later headlined the Industry Nite event where she premiered her debut single Follow You and in 2014, released a soulful ballad titled Help, a serving that was dedicated to the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Yeka, now submerged in gospel, continues to share her vocal gifts across the globe.

Mercy Chinwo

Like Yeka, Mercy walked away a winner back in 2012 and was fortunate enough to be mentored by Omawumi. A year post-Idols, Mercy landed her very first film role in Yvonne Nelson’s House Of Gold, where she starred alongside Majid Michel and Omawumi amongst others. In 2018, Mercy was named Best Gospel Artiste at the 2018 CLIMAX Awards and scooped Africa Gospel New Artiste of the Year, Africa Gospel Female Artiste of the Year and Africa Gospel Song of the Year, a year later. Mercy recently released her second album, Satisfied and continues down her path of musical genius.

Moses Obi-Adigwe,

In 2013 Moses bagged himself the prestigious Idol title and broke the yoke for the lads BY being the first-ever male to do it. In the space of a year, Moses released a whopping three singles and continues to carve an impressively melodic path for himself.

Zibili Evelyn "Evelle" Ibhade
After bringing it home again for the ladies in 2014, and walking away as rich as the previous seasons’ winners, Evelle brought her music to the boil and cooked up Kilimanjaro, produced by the award-wining Pheelz - and after performing alongside Angelique Kidjo at the 2015 Prize for Literature Award in South Africa as well as being the major headliner at the 2018 Martin Luther King Showcase in the USA, she released the hit ‘Time to Shine’ that bagged the 2018 AMVCA for Best Movie Soundtrack for the movie Tatu.


In 2015, K-Peace Kunle brought the torch back to the boys’ hub and walked away the ultimate winner. He has since released some impressive sounds and continues to reinvent his artistry. Definitely, still a force to be reckoned with.

Timi Dakolo

Another grand regional winner worth more than just a few mentions is none other than Timi Dakolo. After winning Idols West Africa, Timi shot up and made waves throughout the continent and went on the join the talent search family and became a resident mentor on seasons 1 and 2 of The Voice Nigeria.

After what seems like an eternity, Nigerian Idol makes a highly anticipated return and promises to prune its participants, offer growth and entertain you and yours while at it.

If you’re a vocal hopeful, get yourself a pair of hawk eyes and keep them glued to our social media platforms for more info and developments – and if you’re just a music lover, fasten your seat belts because the 6th season brings so much with it.