Opeyemi Lateef aka Skimzo, a 27-year-old singer/songwriter from Oyo State, has emerged the winner of ‘Naija Search Talent’. He defeated Eniola and Melo in the grand finale.
The Naija Star Search talent hunt, which began with over 17 contestants had judges cum coaches like Kenny “Keke” Ogungbe, ID Cabasa and Asha Gangali, who helped to hone the contestants’ skills as they battled to final Top six.
Those who made it to the Top six include Khaleed, Black Bella, Kachi, Melon, Skimzo and Eniola.
The Top three finalists were Skimzo, Melo and Eniola. Skimzo got the winning prize of N5 million while the 1st runner-up, Eniola, got N3 million and second runner-up, Melo, won N2 million.
Eniola is a 22-year-old from Ogun State. She used her real name as her stage name during the contest. She is a versatile vocalist, songwriter and performer.
The 2nd runner-up, Melo, whose name is Okubadejo Ayomide, is a 21-year-old.
The judges noted that they got from contestants’ originality, street credibility, and creativity that can soar them to a global stage. The judges turned coaches also worked with them, providing mentorship to finetune their original songs.
Naija Star Search is a collaboration between StarTimes Nigeria and Kennis Music toward preserving Afrobeats genre of music.
The talent show was broadcast every Sunday at 8 pm on ST Nollywood Plus, ST Nollywood, ST Yoruba channels on StarTimes, StarTimes-ON mobile app and also on YouTube channel.