The Voice Nigeria

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The Voice Nigeria
DStv Logo TheVoiceNigeria lrg.jpg
Talent Show
Created byJohn de Mol
Based onThe Voice of Holland
Presented byIK Osakioduwa
Stephanie Coker
Timi Dakolo
Yemi Alade
Theme music composerMartijn Schimmer
Opening themeThis is The Voice
Ending themeThis is The Voice
Country of originNigeria
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes29
Executive producer(s)M-net
Editor(s)Sasani Studios
Running time60-120 byminutes
Production company(s)Talpa Media
Original networkAfrica Magic Urban
Africa Magic Showcase
Original releaseApril 10, 2016 (2016-04-10) –
summer 2017

The Voice Nigeria was the Nigerian version of the TV series The Voice. It premiered on Africa Magic television channels Showcase and Urban on DStv in Nigeria on 10 April 2016 and was sponsored by Airtel and Coca-Cola. The winner would earn a recording contract with Universal Music Group, an SUV car worth N7 million and a trip to Abu Dhabi.


The Blind Auditions[edit]

The show starts with the Blind auditions. In this stage the coaches, all noteworthy performing artists, have their chairs faced away from the stage as the contestant sings. The coaches have the duration of the contestant's performance(90 seconds) to decide whether they want the contestant on their team and turn. If one coach turns, the contestant defaults to that coach but if more than one coach turns, the contestant has to choose who he/she wants to work with. In the end of the blind auditions, each coach will have twelve "Talents" on their teams.

The Battle Rounds[edit]

The next stage is the battle rounds. In this stage, the coaches pair their talents in twos and give each pair a song to perform. After the performance the coach chooses one to advance while the other goes home, or is stolen by another coach. Each coach has two steals. The coaches advance with eight talents each at the end of the battle rounds.

The Live Shows[edit]

After the battle rounds comes the Live Shows. In this stage, each of the talents perform a song given by their coach, and the coach saves one out of every four talents while the rest are left to public votes. Public votes save one talent out of each team every week while the rest are evicted. The talents are cut from 32 to 16 to 12 to 8 of them who qualify for the finals. From the Top 8, the winner and runner up are decided by the public votes.[1]


  • Timi Dakolo (1-2)
  • Waje (1-2)
  • Patoranking (1-2)
  • Tuface (1)
  • Yemi Alade (2)

Season summary[edit]

Colour key

Season Premiere Finale Winner Runner-up Third place Fourth place Winning coach Presenters Coaches (order)
1 2 3 4
1 2016 2016 A'rese Chike Cornel Brenda Waje IK Osakioduwa (main)
Stephanie Coker (assistant)
2Baba Waje Patoranking Timi
2 2017 2017 Idyl Ebube Syemca WOW Timi Patoranking Yemi Waje


  • Main Host: IK Osakioduwa
  • Assistant: Stephanie Coker

Season 1 (2016)[edit]

The Voice Nigeria (Season 1)
Broadcast from10 April (2016-04-10) –
31 July 2016 (2016-07-31)
Timi Dakolo
Finals venueSasani Studios
OriginEdo State
Genre(s)Adult Contemporary

The opening broadcast was on 10 April 2016. The four coaches for the inaugural season are Nigerian artistes Waje, Timi Dakolo, Patoranking and 2baba aka Tuface (formerly known as 2face Idibia). The programme is hosted by IK Osakioduwa and Stephanie Coker.[2]


Top 4[edit]

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

The Voice Nigeria (Season 2)
Broadcast from18 June 2017 (2017-06-18)
CoachesYemi Alade
Timi Dakolo
OriginBayelsa State
Song"This Time"
CoachTimi Dakolo


In the second and final season, three of the four judges were kept, Timi Dakolo, Waje and Patoranking. But Yemi Alade replaced first season judge 2baba (Tuface or 2face).


*Note: Shayee from Team Yemi withdrew from the competition before the Battles.

Top 4 and Winner[edit]

At the live season finale for Season 2, the Top 4 of the competition were announced as follows:

  1. Idyl - Team Timi Dakolo - winner
  2. Ebube - Team Patoranking -runner-up
  3. Syemca - Team Yemi Alade - third
  4. WOW - Team Waje - fourth

Idyl (artistic name of Daniel Diongoli) was announced to be the winner of the season.[3] The self-acclaimed ghetto youth says he was "raised in the streets by the streets". The co-presenter, IK Osakioduwa, then said that over 10 million Nigerians nationwide had voted for the second edition of The Voice Nigeria.[4]


  1. ^ DSTV The Voice Nigeria home page
  2. ^ The Voice Nigeria - Music reality show premieres on April 10
  3. ^ "TeamTimi Dakolo, old Idyl emerges winner of The Voice Nigeria season 2 - Vanguard News". Vanguard News. 2017-09-25. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  4. ^ "TeamTimi Dakolo, old Idyl emerges winner of The Voice Nigeria season 2 - Vanguard News". Vanguard News. 2017-09-25. Retrieved 2017-10-12.

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