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A group photograph of the contestants who survived the preliminary screening at the Goldberg Fuji t’o Bam audition held at Egbeda, Lagos on Wednesday

A group photograph of the contestants who survived the preliminary screening at the Goldberg Fuji t’o Bam audition held at Egbeda, Lagos on Wednesday

Participants in this year’s audition for the annual Fuji music talent hunt, Goldberg Fuji T’o Bam, were taken aback on Wednesday when a blind man, Ibraheem Kareem, was led into the Havannah Hotels, Egbeda, venue of the contest and expressed his intention to participate.

The whole thing initially appeared like a joke, but it later turned out a reality when Kareem disclosed that he came from Ilorin, Kwara State purposely to audition because he has talent in the Fuji genre of music.

Speaking about his participation, Kareem, whose stage name is Fuji Solution, said people should not look at his status as a blind man but base their assessment on his performance. He disclosed that he was not born blind, but blamed his plight on an unfortunate incident that robbed him of his sight.

Ibraheem Kareem, a blind man who came from Ilorin, Kwara State performing on stage during the Goldberg Fuji t’o Bam audition held at Egbeda, Lagos on Wednesday

Ibraheem Kareem, a blind man who came from Ilorin, Kwara State performing on stage during the Goldberg Fuji t’o Bam audition held at Egbeda, Lagos on Wednesday

According to him, he heard about the exercise in Ilorin over the Radio and was determined to participate. Kareem, who was led into the venue of the audition earlier than many other contestants, could not make the selection list as he bowed to the superior exhibition of skills in Fuji music by his counterparts.

Meanwhile, Kareem did not lose hope as he disclosed that he would use the experience gained in Egbeda audition to prepare for the audition that would hold in other cities closer to Ilorin.

Salam Wasiu Olanrewaju, an Agricultural Engineering graduate of Federal University of Technology, performing on stage during the Goldberg Fuji t’o Bam audition held at Egbeda, Lagos on Wednesday

Salam Wasiu Olanrewaju, an Agricultural Engineering graduate of Federal University of Technology, performing on stage during the Goldberg Fuji t’o Bam audition held at Egbeda, Lagos on Wednesday

Salam Wasiu Olanrewaju, an Agricultural Engineering graduate of Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State was another contestant at Egbeda. Olanrewaju said before the result of the audition was announced, that he decided to go into Fuji music because he has talent in it. He said that decision was not borne out of inability to secure a gainful employment as an Agricultural Engineer. His words: “This is my talent; it has nothing to do with inability to secure a white collar job. I do what I love most. I wish I win so that I can actualize my dream of preaching one love. Music is a powerful instrument one can use for that.”

Addressing the contestants before audition, Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Agboola (a.k.a SK Sensation), Chairman, National Project Committee of the Fuji Musicians Association of Nigeria, who is also Chairman, Panel of Judges; encouraged them to put in their best. He said the judges were looking for the best amongst them; thus every participant will be given equal opportunity.

Other members of the Panel are: Alhaji Isiaka Ayinde (a.k.a Fine Kabaka), a Fuji musician; and Mr. Adekunle Abolade, Radio/TV Presenter and Yoruba Film Actor.

Apart from the venue at Egbeda, audition was held at Maridom Palace Hotel, Sango-Otta. Egbeda is in Alimosho local government area of Lagos state, while Sango-Otta is in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State.

At the end of the keenly contested auditions, a total of 40 outstanding potential Fuji talents grabbed the selection ticket at the two centres.

Speaking after the audition, Agboola described the audition as keenly contested by the budding Fuji artistes with exceptional talent. He applauded the Goldberg Fuji T’o Bam consumer engagement platform which “over past editions, has created credibility and fairness for all contestants, thus making it the first Fuji music talent hunt in the history of Fuji music in Nigeria.”

Agboola added that the show is a platform where the best talent emerges as winner at the end of the thorough and exciting session. His words: “We will ensure that we create a level playing field for all contestants where we look at their singing abilities and their dexterity in performing and managing stage space. So far, we have not been disappointed with the level of the contestants this year.”

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It’s Almost Here! Are You Ready For Nigeria’s Biggest Lifestyle Fair and Music Concerts? [READ DETAILS]

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Style by Zenith 2.0 will hold on the 29th of November till 1st December, 2019 at the Eko Energy City (By Eko Atlantic) Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island Lagos. To register, simply visit www.zenithbank.com/style

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Style By Zenith: Zenith Bank Calls For Model Auditions [APPLY WITHIN]

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The audition for male and female models that will participate in the much-anticipated Style by Zenith 2.0 fashion shows is scheduled to hold as follows:

Date: 15th of November, 2019

Time: 9am prompt

Venue: Balmoral Hall, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos State.

Find out more details in the accompanying fliers.

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GTBank Fashion Weekend 2019: Get Ready For Africa’s Biggest Fashion Experience [VIDEO]

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This November, industry leaders, style connoisseurs, and fashion enthusiasts from across the globe will converge in Lagos, Nigeria for the 4th edition of the GTBank Fashion Weekend. Holding Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th of November 2019 at the GTCentre, Plot 1, Water Corporation Drive, Oniru, the 2-day event will put a spotlight on Africa’s emerging fashion industry whilst showcasing the talent and creativity of indigenous small businesses in the fashion space.

Since 2016, the GTBank Fashion Weekend has been at the forefront of promoting enterprise in Africa’s rapidly growing fashion industry. Over the years, the event has brought together renowned fashion experts and personalities to interact with hundreds of thousands of young Africans passionate about fashion and entrepreneurship. This year, the GTBank Fashion Weekend, which is free to attend, will feature over 30 distinguished fashion leaders, designers, and industry experts, whilst providing more than 130 indigenous small businesses with free stalls to showcase and sell Africa’s finest ensemble of apparel and fashion accessories.

Attendees at the 2019 GTBank Fashion Weekend will be treated to an exciting repertoire of fashion moments, from fashion and entrepreneurial masterclasses facilitated by internationally renowned fashion experts to enthralling runway shows that will present the latest in fashion styles and design trends. There will also be pop-up stands where talented indigenous designers will display their works and interact with some of Africa’s most passionate fashionistas, an Arts & Crafts Village that showcases the beauty and dexterity of traditional African design.

Commenting on the 2019 GTBank Fashion Weekend, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, Segun Agbaje, said; “Africa is home to some of the most creative fashion talents on the planet, and we are delighted and proud to provide them with a global platform that connects them to the world. As we work towards the 4th edition of the biggest fashion showcase in Africa, our goal is to not only showcase the wealth of talent, innovation and enterprise that abound in Africa’s fashion space, but to also grow the continent’s contribution to the global fashion industry by empowering budding entrepreneurs at home with everything they need to thrive on the world stage.

He further stated that “At the heart of the GTBank Fashion Weekend is our vision of promoting enterprise in industries where we believe that we can help small businesses grow and dominate. In fashion, as well as in food and the creative industry, we see not just the amazing talents and passion of our people, but how, by championing their entrepreneurial spirit, we can enrich millions of lives, uplift communities and grow our economy.”

GTBank has consistently played a leading role in Africa’s banking industry. The Bank is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world-class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality, and innovation. The Bank is also going beyond the traditional understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility as corporate philanthropy by intervening in key economic sectors through non-profit consumer-focused fairs and capacity building initiatives for small businesses.

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