|This article needs to be updated. (September 2013)|
|Created by||Simon Fuller|
|Presented by||Tiwa Savage & IllRymz (Season2)
Anis Holloway and Misi Holloway
Audu Maikori (Season1)
Charly Boy (Season2)
Femi Kuti (Season3)
Naeto C (Season3)
|Country of origin||Nigeria|
|No. of seasons||5|
|Running time||60-120 min.|
|Original release||2010 – present|
Nigerian Idol is the local version of the Idol series franchise. It is the second Idol franchise for the country as it was already part of Idols West Africa which was also shot and produced in Stockholm, Sweden.
Auditions were open for every Nigerian between 18 and 28. The first season went on air in October 2010 and is shown on 15 different channels all across Africa.
On March 27, 2011, 26-year-old Oneyka "Yeka Onka" Gilbert Elizabeth Onwuka from Ohafia was announced the first Nigerian Idol ever over fellow competitor and favorite-to-win Naomi Ebiama. She was awarded the sum of 7.5 Million Naira, a recording contract with Sony, a car and an all expense paid trip to South Africa. Prior of receiving a Golden Ticket in Lagos Onwuka unsuccessfully auditioned on two other occasions for the show. For the creation of the winning song the two finalists collaborated with award winning producer Jesse Jagz.
There have been four following Nigerian Idol winners to date: Mercy Chinwo, Moses Obi Adigwe, Evelle and K-Peace.
Judges and hosts
For season one, Yinka Davies, Audu Maikori and Jeffrey Daniel were selected to be the judges. In season two, Maikori was replaced with Charly Boy as a judge. In season three, Femi Kuti replaced Charly.
|Did Not Perform||Female||Male||Top 50||Wild Card||Top 10||Winner|
|Safe||Safe First||Safe Last||Eliminated|
|1||Oneyka Gilbert Elizabeth||2nd||Btm 3||Btm 4||Btm 3||Btm 2||Btm 2||Winner(51%)|
|3||Emmanuel Patrick||2nd||Btm 4||Btm 4||Btm 3||Elim|
|4||Bello Lydia Biodum||1st||Elim|
|5||Glory Orishki||2nd||Btm 3||Elim|
|6-7||Alex Olori||3rd||Btm 4||Elim|
|8-9||Oluwatoni Afolayan||Elim||Saved||Btm 4||Elim|
|Chito Ann Akwueh||Elim||Saved|
|Rachel Tamunokuro Ogonodi||Elim||Elim|
|Adetoun Adekoya Grace||Elim|
|Anthony Nsikak Akpan|
|Chioma Success Ezeh|
|Kessiena Godswill Dagbo|
|Ndidiamaka Percious Okonkwo|
|Obiala Leonard Chinyere|
|Chukwudi Victor Okwege||Elim|
|Godson Chimew Godson|
|Olajumoke Rachael Oyebodejo|
|Domita Ojeme Abodo||Elim|
|Safiya Ramat Idachaba|
|Sunday Onyeka Otabo|
|Ogunbodede "Bukky" Oluwabukola|
|This section requires expansion with: more details and elimination table. (August 2012)|
In 2011, singer Charly Boy replaced Audu Maikori who left the show to concentrate on other projects. The hosts are Tiwa Savage and IllRymz. The contestants were Chinedu, Najita, Nikki, Lynda, Ibinabo, Honey, Diwari, A.Y.O, Mercy, Steven Onochie, Anthony Ekpo and Sly 1 (Sylvester Kingston). Mercy Chinwo was the eventual winner.