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Ariya Repete Bounced Back as Regional Auditions Commences in Lagos



South-West Nigeria is set to roll! Bang the drums, echo the vocals and sound the heavy percussions as Ariya Repete — Nigeria’s leading indigenous talent hunt show hits major cities across the region.

From the hills of Abeokuta and Ondo to the falls in Osun and down to the seas of Lagos, Ariya Repete 2019 edition is ready to showcase the best talents in Juju, Fuji and Yoruba hip-hop.

The music talent hunt show powered by Goldberg Lager is known for celebrating and preserving indigenous sounds. It has over the years produced remarkable talents that have flourished in genres that are rooted in south-western culture.

This year, the competition goes into its seventh edition and is upping the ante by introducing an all-new Yoruba Hip-Hop category.

The competition will journey across eight locations with auditions and selection parties holding from the 12th of June to the 5th of July. Abule Egba, Ota, Egbeda, Abeokuta, Akure, Ibadan, Osogbo and Ilorin will play hosts to hundreds of hopefuls who will compete for honours in this year’s edition.

Lagos will be the first city to host the regionals as Juju, Fuji, and Yoruba Hip-Hop talents will be auditioned at Stalad Gardens, Agege and Havana Hotels in Egbeda on the 12th of June. The selected talents will then slug it out for a place in the quarter-final concert, when they compete in the regional selection party on Friday, 14th of June.

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Guests at the Selection parties will be thrilled with entertaining performances from the contestants, as well as guest artists and past winners.

Successful contestants from the regional auditions will proceed for mentorship at the Ariya academy, where they will be under the tutelage of veterans in the Juju, Fuji, and Yoruba hip-hop scene.

The competition will then continue on the 26th of July with the Quarterfinal in Akure, while the Semi-final and the grand finale will take place in Lagos and Ibadan on the second (2nd) and ninth (9th) of August respectively. Guests should expect thrilling performances by the contestants that make it through the rigorous selection, guest artists and industry greats.

The winners in each category (Juju, Fuji, & Yoruba hip-hop) will be awarded the star prize of 4 million Naira each. Speaking on this year’s edition, Brand Manager, Goldberg, Olufunmilayo Ogunbodede had this to say “Over the years, Ariya Repete has been a special platform that showcases and celebrates the very best musical talents in South-Western Nigeria and this year’s edition promises to up the ante. As a leading beer brand, we are committed to delighting our consumers with initiatives such as these.

This year, with Ariya Repete we want to celebrate this blend of both worlds. We believe that the 2019 edition of Ariya Repete will be the best ever, the reason we are taking the experience to TV, to show all of Africa that Goldberg Lager believes and celebrates the amazing indigenous talents from South Western Nigeria.”

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This edition of Ariya Repete will be televised across Africa as the show progresses from the auditions to the grand finale in Ibadan. Ariya Repete is powered by Goldberg Lager, a premier quality lager beer brewed with only the finest ingredients by the master brewer.

After the Lagos region, six other regions will host auditions over the course of 3 weeks.

Ota & Abeokuta — 19th of June

Ibadan & Akure –26th of June

Oshogbo & Ilorin — 3rd of July

For more information, visit Goldberg social media pages @goldberg_ng on Instagram and @goldberglagerng on Twitter.

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Philosoville Announces Entries for Hymnodia Season 2



Organisers of the first Triple E Reality TV show created around hymns and worship, Hymnodia, have announced the commencement of entries for its second edition.

In a press statement released over the weekend to announce the start of the 2020 edition, Managing Director of Philosoville and initiator of Hymnodia, Kufre Ekanem, said entries opened at noon on January 1 and will close midnight January 23, 2020.

According to the statement, the entry protocol has been simplified into two easy steps but the process remains essentially the same.

Applicants are required to post a 60-second video rendering a hymn on their social media platform (specifically Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) with the hashtag #hymnodia2020.

Thereafter, the applicants are to visit the website to complete the short online application form. The shortlisted applicants will be invited to a physical audition in Lagos.

The 14 successful hymntestants will enter the Hymnstitute for Hymnodia Season 2 where they stand a chance to win the ASAPH, a brand-new car and N5 million.

It would be recalled that Hymnodia season 1 was won by Kenneth Ekhuemelo, a 25-year old bassofundo and organist.

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Nigeria’s First-ever Prom Concert “Afroprom” – Teni, Banky W Set to Ignite show



Popular Musician Banky W alongside trending singer Teni, and Mavin’s New Signee Rema are set to thrill graduating secondary school students at the first ever prom concert in Nigeria tagged “AfroProm” holding at Eko Hotel, Convention Centre, Lagos on July 14, 2019.

The event is put together to give Nigerian students an opportunity to experience prom, while celebrating, networking, and partying with a host of Nigeria’s top-rated celebrities.

Speaking on Afroprom, lead project manager at J. Vanni Global, Mobola Abiru said:

“We created Afroprom, Nigeria’s first-ever prom concert for high school graduates between the ages of 14-18 with an eye on getting these teens to celebrate a remarkable achievement at a crucial stage of their lives. Prom is not new to them, they see it happen everywhere else but not in Nigeria. This spurred us to create an avenue that will welcome them into adult life.”

According to the organizers, renowned mediapreneur Debola Williams, and superstar musician and politician, Banky W will be in attendance to inspire and educate the students on “next steps after school” by sharing authentic stories of their own meteoric rise to the top.

Guests will be treated to breathtaking performances fit for the occasion by Teni, Rema, Donflex & the Extigate team, Dream Catchers; while Ushbebe, Ikorodu Bois and other comedians are expected to thrill the guest as well. Other side attractions include a rare five-course meal and a shot at the highly coveted Afroprom King & Queen crowns.

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The event will be hosted by ace OAP Jimmy, and guests stand a chance to walk away with enticing gifts such as an iPhone XR, PlayStation 4, and lots more.

Tickets are sold for 20,000 and can be purchased on For table reservations and enquiries, please call 09016128355 and 08087214559 or visit for more details.

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Hymnodia Inaugural Winner, Kenneth Ekhuemelo, Receives Car Prize in Church



… Nigerian Army Director of Chaplain Services Applauds Initiative

Kenneth Ekhuemelo, the inaugural winner of Hymnodia, has been presented with a brand-new car, the star prize of the triple ‘E’ (entertainment, education and edification) reality television show created around hymns and worship.

The presentation, which attracted jubilant worshipers, took place at the All Saints (Army Headquarter) Cathedral, Abalti Barracks, Surulere, Lagos, on Sunday, where Ekhuemelo is an organist.

Hymnodia organisers had promised the winner of the competition a brand new car, in addition to the Asaph, the main prize specially designed and named after King David’s chief musician, as well as N5 million.

Hymnodia was a keenly contested show as Ekhuemelo battled with Olumide Dada, another brilliant and leading performer at the grand finale. But a winner had to emerge, and that was Ekhuemelo, the bassofundo.

The hymncert ended the 14-week show piece that was aimed at reigniting the almost-forgotten hymn culture among young Nigerians.

Explaining the rationale for the presentation at the church, Kufre Ekanem, Managing Director of Philosoville, initiator of Hymnodia said the reality show redefined the art of worship and that since hymn has its foundation in the church, it was wise to bring the car to worship with Ekhuemelo.

“Ekhuemelo is an organist in All Saints Cathedral, and this also shows that the members are part of his success story,” he explained.

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On what inspired Hymnodia, Ekanem said “we had thought over the idea of Hymnodia for 10 years. This had to do with the concept itself and the rigours of how it would work, what would be the processes, the protocol of developing the content and sustaining its essence over a 14-week period and beyond.

When we finally started on it last year, we were blessed with a group of fantastic people who put their efforts into Hymnodia as if they had the dream themselves. They were dream enablers and I appreciate their great works and sacrifices” he narrated.

Commending Hymnodia for the novel initiative, Rev. (Col.) Bante Kauche, Director, Chaplain Services, Nigerian Army, eulogised Ekanem for the initiative which was thoroughly planned and executed to an appreciable standard.

He said Hymnodia has tremendously enhanced the talent of the 14 hymntestants, including Ekhuemelo, as well as young Nigerians who watched the programme.

Also, Rev. (Major) Baba David, Vicar General of All Saints (Army Headquarter) Cathedral, said Ekanem has taken hymns rendition beyond the ordinary and prayed God to strengthen him in order to sustain the programme. “I am highly elated because a member of this church emerged the winner and prayed for him to be fortified with the Grace to continue in this stride,” he said.

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Receiving the car prize with joy written all over him, the bassofundo thanked the initiator of Hymnodia for the opportunity to learn new skills on hymns writing and rendition at the Hymnstitute and for the fulfilment of the prize.

“I am very delighted to receive the car and it came as a surprise to me to see it being delivered at the church today. I see this as a divine blessing from God and I really appreciate Hymnodia. At the Hymnstitute, I boosted my talent through teachings on the fundamentals of hymns writing and singing,” he further said.

Hymnodia was flagged-off at a colourful event with a 30-member choir last December at the Ikeja City Mall, Lagos. Live audition for over 200 shortlisted candidates from over 1,500 applications was held at the Lagos Television (LTV8), where 14 hymntestants (contestants) were selected to the Hymnstitute for a 14-week show.

It culminated on April 24 with the grand finale at the Muson centre where Ekhuemelo was declared the winner via a combination of public votes and a panel of credible judges.

The judges included legendary musician, Onyeka Onwenu; singer, songwriter and voice coach, Dupe Ige Kachi (popularly known as Ige Sings); Sunday Olawuwo the Music Director of Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral, Ikeja and Nigeria Country Director of the Royal School of Church Music; and Seun Owoaje, the Music Director of Hymnodia.

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Hymnodia was first aired on February 3, 2019, as a one-hour programme on Lagos Television (Channel 256 on DSTV, Channel 90 on GOtv and Channel 113 on Startimes) with a magazine show on same channels every Thursday.

It was streamed live online via the LTV App available on the app store and on the dedicated YouTube channel, Hymnodiahq.

The show was also viewed on eight additional stations around the country for wider coverage. They included GITV, Kaduna; Anambra Broadcasting Service, Onitsha; Ondo State Radio/TV, Akure; ITV, Abuja and Cross River TV, Calabar.

Others were Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Corporation (AKBC); Kwara TV, Ilorin and Plateau Radio TV, Jos.

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