The Etisalat-sponsored Nigerian Idol Season IV has come to an end. This season, 23 year old Zibili Evelyn Ibhade also known as “Evelle” emerged winner of the competition, smiling home with the star prize of N7.5million, a brand new SUV and a mouth watering recording deal with Universal studio.
The competition which began Januray 2014 lasted about 19 weeks. The Nigerian Idol train explored four cities in the quest for the most talented singer. Lagos, Benin, Calabar and Makurdi hosted the auditions that produced 100 contestants who were given passes to Lagos for a second round of screening.
Congratulating Evelle on her win, Director, Brands and Communications at Etisalat Nigeria, Enitan Denloye said ”It has been great for us at Etisalat to be a part of this show, Evelle consistently put up a commendable performance on a weekly basis and the audience did not disappoint her as they voted accordingly. She indeed impressed everyone right from when she auditioned; it is indeed a well deserved win.”
Obviously filled with joy, Evelle could not control her happiness; with tears rolling down her eyes, she smiled and laughed intermittently amid flashing lights from cameras as everyone present attempted to get pictures of her.
Asked what she felt about emerging the 4th winner of the competition, Evelle noted that she didn’t expect to be announced winner. “I am still in shock” she said, “all this feels like a mirage to me. I know I gave my best all through the competition but it was a fierce contest. I want to thank every single person out there who voted for me from the beginning of the competition. It is because of their votes that I am being celebrated today, and I give God the glory for letting me win.” she said.
On what she would do with the prize money, Evelle said she would invest most of it in her music career to ensure she does not leave the entertainment scene and also take part of it to her church for thanksgiving.
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