Civil servants, students, traders and other residents of Bayelsa State were in jubilant mood on Monday, July 12, as they continued the celebration of the victory of Kingdom Kroseide, winner of the Nigerian Idol Season Six musical competition.
The celebration began on Sunday night immediately the 24-year-old Kingdom emerged winner after defeating his fellow finalist, Francis Atela in a pulsating night of music which also saw perfromances from popular Nigerian reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter, Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, popularly known as Patoranking.
At different public places, it was observed that the emergence of the 200 level Computer Science student of the Federal University, Otuoke in Bayelsa, as winner of the plum prize that was the subject of discussion as they expressed excitement over the win and the positive image it will bring to the state and people.
A civil servant was heard saying; “One of the best news for us this year. At least something to cheer about, and a plus to the Prosperity Administration, considering the image the state government has been trying to project through entertainment”.
Our correspondent noticed that before the finals on Sunday, most people had met in groups in some public drinking spots in the capital Yenagoa to watch it together, as they anticipated his victory having voted massively for him.
Kingdom now joins the likes of fellow kinsman, Timi Dakolo, winner of the inaugural season of Idols West Africa in 2007 which shot the singer to fame and fortune and landed him a recording contract with Sony BMG, in addition to other prizes.
For winning the competition, Kingdom recieved a cash prize of N30 million, a brand new SUV, a 6-track EP recording deal, three music videos, an all-expense-paid trip to Seychelles and a weekend getaway to Dubai for two.
Other gifts include a wide range of Tecno products, Bigi branded refrigerator plus one year of Bigi drinks, and a DSTV explora fully installed with premium subscription for 12 months.
A total of 3,600 young Nigerians were auditioned for the popular music reality show, which is an offshoot of the Idol franchise, but on April 24, 2021, 68 contestants went into the theatre week, while 14 contestants received the golden tickets to advance to the theatre round.
On April 30, 2021, out of the 68 remaining contestants that made it into the theatre week, and 39 to the group selections, only 17 contestants progressed to the next and most competitive round of the show.