The panel at the launch of Tecno Own the Stage.

AfricaMagic and Tecno invites you to "own the stage" with the launch of a karaoke competition.

Tecno, a leading mobile phone brand in association with AfricaMagic, has announced the Tecno Own the Stage karaoke competition, which sees talented karaoke singers battle it out for a prize pool of $50 000 and an opportunity to record a song and go on tour with a renowned musical act.

Over the next three months, 15 contestants drawn from Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania will compete via a number of themed challenges with one person ultimately emerging as Africa’s first karaoke champion.

Speaking on the launch, the General Manager for Mobile Apps at Tecno Mobile Oye Akideinde said, “At Tecno we continuously strive for greatness. Our products and growth across Africa are a testament to our drive for perfection, success and harnessing the best in the markets we operate in. The Tecno Own the Stage competition is simply in furtherance of this fact. Africa is brimming with love and undeniable talent for music; there are a lot of people who, given an opportunity, will showcase to the rest of the continent and indeed the world just what they are capable of. The Tecno Own the Stage competition gives them the opportunity and the platform to do just that.”

To enter the competition, a prospective contestant has to visit the Tecno Own the Stage website and select a track from the track list. Thereafter, the contestant has to record their karaoke rendition and upload the track via the submission form on the website. The uploaded track is then subjected to a review by the judges who will select the top entries with successful entrants notified directly. Qualifying entrants will then have to go through an audition phase to get an opportunity to perform their craft, televised on AfricaMagic.

Fifteen successful contestants will battle in front of a panel of judges to secure a spot in the live finale. The third place winner takes home $10 000 and a Tecno Phantom 5 smartphone, whilst the second place winner wins $15 000, a Tecno Phantom 5 smartphone and three month internship opportunity with renowned record label.

The first place winner wins a grand prize of $25 000, a Phantom 5 smartphone, and the chance to record a song with one of the judges. The winner will also get the chance to record a music video and tour with a popular musical act. 

Also speaking at the launch, one of the judges, foremost Nigerian rapper Jude Abaga, also known as M.I, said, “The Tecno Own the Stage competition is an exciting development for talented and prospective singers from across Africa. Karaoke, as a form of entertainment has been around for as long as the practice of recording music itself. There a lot of talented individuals who have been waiting for an opportunity to show their talents to the world and Tecno Own the Stage gives them more than an opportunity, but also a platform and befitting prizes to go with it. I am extremely proud to be a part of the platform that encourages and promotes talent in Africa.”

The other judges for the competition are singer Yemi Alade and Bien, a member of the Kenya’s popular music group Sauti Sol.

Viewers can tune in to Africa Magic from the 25 October 2015 to catch the excitement that Tecno Own the Stage brings to their screens.

To find out more about the Tecno Own the Stage competition and how you can enter, please visit

The Tecno Own the Stage premieres on AfricaMagic on 25 October 2015 and will be broadcast on AfricaMagic Showcase (DStv 151). The winner will be unveiled at a grand finale in February 2016.