The keenly contested semi-final of Ariya Repete, the indigenous Yoruba music talent hunt competition organized by Goldberg from the stables of Nigerian Breweries Plc, has produced 10 contestants for the grand finale which will hold at the Trans Amusement Park, Ibadan, Oyo State, on Friday, July 21, 2017.
The semifinals which held at the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta, Ogun State last weekend saw a display of talents from the artistes who were recently mentored on the rudiments of Fuji and Juju music at Ariya Repete Academy in Ijebu Ode.
At the concert, the five Fuji and five Juju artistes who were selected to the final stage expressed confidence of clinching the grand prize of N1 million and a recording deal on offer in each category.
Fuji artistes that qualified to the finals are Ajani Azeez, Onimama Fausia, Nasiu Onilewura, Omoyajowo Bukola and Abiodun Oloto; while those in the Juju category are Leye Williams, Adekunle Oketayo, Adeniyi Temitope, Oshadare Yomi Bright and Yomi Johnson.
Expressing his joy for reaching the final, Ajani Azeez attributed his success to the mentoring sessions at Ariya Repete Academy. Leye Williams, who had the highest score in Juju at the semi-finals said though he trained very hard, he also prayed fervently to reach the finals.
It was a night of glamour and all round entertainment as the artistes treated the audience to contemporary Fuji and Juju lyrics, to the admiration of the crowd which demonstrated their support by dancing to the rhythms of their music.
Speaking at the event, the Public Affairs Manager, West/Midwest, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Tayo Adelaja said he was pleased with the level of talent displayed by the artistes and that it showed they understood what they were taught at the Ariya Repete Academy and had put the knowledge into practice.
Also, the Senior Brand Manager, Regional Mainstream Brands, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Funso Ayeni stated that though the 20 artistes did well, the judges had to come up with the best 10 for the grand finale.
He therefore charged the 10 artistes to put in their best at the final to emerge winner stand a chance of clinching the grand prize. “Improve on your talent and what you were taught at Ariya Repete Academy, and l wish you luck. Even if you don’t win the prize, continue with the stride as other opportunities await you,” he stated.