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After auditions in 8 states and 2 months of heart-stopping
elimination shows, Nigeria's Got Talent presents  10 of the best acts
that the country has ever seen have made it to the final round of the
continent's for viewers to decide: Who's Got Talent? They are all in
the race for the grand prize of N10 million, and the finale will air
on Sunday, December 9, 2012.


The first group to make it to the final was an acappella group from
Port Harcourt. The Impulse group consists of five young men with
dynamic voices. They have shown dedication, team spirit and hard work
in every performance. “We saw Nigeria’s Got Talent as a good, strong
and exciting platform to showcase our talent and that is what we have
been doing right from the beginning,” they said.

Next was a man with a very rare talent in this part of the world; Dr
Bariyu Yusuf, a ventriloquist. "I have never seen anyone in Nigeria
that can do what I do like me and I can tailor my act to excite any
audiences," said Dr Bariyu, Dr. Bariyu who works as a medical doctor
and has been able to make Nigerians see that other than education,
your talent is one thing that can make you known to the world.

Godwin Ogechukwu, is one person that has shown that the violin can be
used for not just classical renditions but hip-hop as well. The
violinist from Benin has brought the A-factor with him in every
single performance. “Having to play the violin to Nigerian songs has been
challenging but through Nigeria’s Got Talent platform, I have been
able to come out of my comfort zone and experiment with the violin,”
said Godwin.

Chuka Solace, a rapper from the city of excellence, Lagos was the
fourth act to make it into the finals. “I love rap, I love
entertainment and I see myself one day as a big name in the industry.
As an entertainment role model, I like Lil’ Wayne and back home I am
a big fan of the Choc Boys, “said Chuka. Chuka is one person with the
right flow, lyrics and rhyme scheme when it comes to rap.

11-year-old Toke Salami from Ibadan is one solemn and graceful singer
that the show will not forget in a rush. Toke who has performed Christian
songs throughout the show has shown that great things do come in
small packages. “I love to sing and Nigeria’s Got Talent has helped to show
this talent of mine to the world. Toke, who has performed in the UK,
USA and Rome for school competitions, hopes to use the grand prize to
further her education and help her family.

The Xpendables, a dance group form Port Harcourt; have the energy,
skill and uniqueness when it comes to dance. “Our dance is so special
because we do incredible things and we are always accurate in our
dances,” they said. “Nigeria’s Got Talent has helped us to work has a
team, create new and incredible steps and also built us hope for the
challenges that come with dancing.”

Amarachi Uyanne, an eight-year-old dancer from the city of Benin has
shown versatility, energy, swag and dedication in every performance.
Her performances have been described as the X-factor that every show
needs. “I have been dancing since childhood and I see dancing as
a gift and a passion that God deposited in me. It’s not stressful, I
just do the best I can with the little energy and it turns out to be
the best, which is all by God’s grace.” said Amarachi.

Nathaniel Olivia also known as ‘DJ Mouth’, from Port Harcourt is one
act that has stormed every performance with beats that are amazing
and unbelievable. “I didn’t plan to come for the audition, I was just
passing and I saw a gathering of youths and one thing led to another
and I here I am. I do other things other than beat box, but beat box
is the most spectacular talent that I have been blessed with” he
said.

As a group they are cute and very lovely, but as an act they are
fierce, professional and talented. Jess and Ogeh are a group of
ballet dancers that have come together to showcase smoothness. “We dance
with every breath and energy in us and because we take ballet and
contemporary dance to the best of my ability and uniqueness, we are
the best at what we do," said Jesse. “We are grateful that Nigeria’s
Got Talent has taken us out of Benin and has shown us to the world as
great and skillful ballet dancers,” said Ogeh.

The group of ten won’t have been complete with Boniface Ukeme, a
dancer from Port Harcourt. Boniface gives dance another meaning and a
deeper interpretation. “I came for Nigeria’s Got Talent because I
believe a special and unique ability and talent that the world needs
to see,” said Boniface.

From dance, to singing, to violin and many more acts, Nigeria’s Got
Talent has shown each weekend that there is always something to look
forward to. The show ends next week Sunday with one of the ten
finalists walking away with the coveted prize of N10 million.
Nigeria’s Got Talent grand finale will be aired on Sunday on AIT
(10:30 PM), STV (8:00 PM), NTA (4:00 PM), TVC (9:00PM) and Soundcity
(6:30 PM). Fans in the United Kingdom can watch the show on HITV UK
Sky 193 (8:00 PM).

Hosted by Andre Blaze, the judges for the season are radio host Dan
Foster, actor Kate Henshaw and entertainment entrepreneur, Yibo Koko.
The Airtel-sponsored first season of Nigeria's Got Talent began to
air on 16 September and will run until December 2012.

The Got Talent franchise worldwide, which is in its sixth year, has
produced many notable performers including Diversity, Bianca Ryan and
Britain’s Got Talent’s 2009 first runner up Susan Boyle. Her debut
album became the fastest selling UK debut album of all time, selling
over 3 million copies in the U.S. alone. It is the only talent
competition show that is open to any age and any talent with
auditions taking the show to numerous cities in search of incredible and
exceptional talent.

Nigeria’s Got Talent is sponsored by Airtel and supported by Cool FM,
Wazobia FM, Nigeria Info 99.3 FM, and Tastee Fried Chicken.

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