21-year-old Progress Chukwuyem, the winner of Nigerian Idol season 7, has revealed how he intends to spend his N30 million money prize.
The singer received after polling extra followers’ votes to beat fellow finalist Zadok in a record-breaking voting season.
The Delta-state born singer and season 7 winner captured the hearts of many globally when he took over the ‘Showstopper’ week with an impressive efficiency of Ariana Grande, Jessie J, and Nicki Minaj’s ‘Bang Bang’.
The highest-2 finalists secured 45 million votes within the finale; alone and over 220 million votes all season lengthy.
The present host, IK Osakioduwa, revealed this in a celebratory finale episode on Sunday.
Along with a ₦30 million money prize, Progress additionally received a brand-new SUV; a Bigi branded fridge and a yr’s provide of Bigi drinks.
He will even get to file an EP and 6 music movies, a weekend getaway from TravelBeta, and a DStv Explora absolutely put in with a 12 months premium subscription.
Talking after his massive win at a media parley on Sunday night time, Progress shared his subsequent steps.
He stated: “Music is my life, it’s all the pieces, and it comes from a spot of ardour. So positively from right here, I’m making music – nice music. I’m going to specific myself in one of the best ways that I can. Out right here, I don’t compete with anyone, so I’m going to take it one step at a time”.
The singer stated the money prize is the primary million he would make in his life, and he needs to take a position it in his music profession.
“This N30m is my first million, and I obtained 30 directly, you’ll be able to think about. So, music introduced me right here, and music is what I’m going to be doing henceforth. I might be investing in my music particularly; apart from music, I do different issues,” Progress stated.
“I’m additionally a clothier so I’ll spend money on that.”
Earlier than Nigerian Idol, Progress was a music director at Celeverminds main college in Iyara Delta State, an orphanage and fewer privileged college.
Talking in regards to the orphanage, Progress stated, “I’ll spend money on the orphanage, and apart from that, again there in Iyara in Warri, Delta state, I labored for a person who owns a free college for orphans and the much less privileged. So, earlier than I got here to Nigerian Idol, I advised them that if I received, I might construct a studio for them so we may file and do our songs.”
Progress, often known as ‘Minister” due to the character of his performances, additionally revealed that he would collaborate together with his fellow Nigerian Idol season 7 contestants.
He stated, “I labored with them to understand they’re distinctive and anticipate nice music from each one in all us.”
Journey to Nigerian Idol
Progress recalled how he was not deterred regardless of earlier setbacks within the auditioning in earlier seasons of the Nigerian Idol.
“I obtained an unlucky message that ‘you weren’t profitable’, I referred to as my dad and stated, ‘Daddy, they didn’t watch my video’, I do know what I did, and all that I knew, lots of people would have registered this yr, and I advised myself that I’m nonetheless going to do It.”
The auditions have been held in December 2021 on the Colossus Lodge, Ikeja, Lagos.
In keeping with the singer, attending the bodily auditions was one other problem.
It was his first time in Lagos.
The bodily auditions have been the final part of the audition course of for Nigerian Idol 2022 (Season 7) and commenced at 9 am on the Colossus Lodge, Ikeja.
Attending to the ultimate was not a simple feat, as he joined 1000’s of candidates to jostle for a spot on the present.
In all, the judges gave out 75 golden tickets. After one other spherical of screening, 50 contestants certified for the theatre week, the place they paired with different contestants.
They went via one other spherical of screening earlier than 12 contestants made it to the reside efficiency stage.
From the start of the reside performances, Zadok (the primary runner-up) and Progress gave their greatest and raised their video games.
Nigerian Idol Season 7 premiered on February 6, with the weekly exhibits masking the auditions resulting in theatre week earlier than the reside exhibits began in March. Bigi Drinks and Binance sponsored the present.
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