Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Ebuka, Yemi Alade, Tonto Dikeh, Dakolo, 11 Nigerian celebs who became stars from reality shows

Nigerian-celebs-who-became-stars-from-reality-shows
Reality TV shows can be many things, but most times it's a career-launching pad for those who managed the outcome well.

There are many reality shows in Nigeria - Project Fame, Idol West Africa, The Next Movie Star, Star Quest, Gulder Ultimate Search, Big Brother Africa, Big Brother Nigeria (BBNaija), to name but a few.

While some of these shows have been rested, others are still alive and some new ones are being created.



These reality shows enjoy or have enjoyed massive followership in Nigeria and the impact cannot be overemphasized.

Although not everyone who went through reality shows were able to sustain the fame, there are celebrities who used these shows as a stepping stone to actualizing their dreams and have over time remained recognized for what they do.

Below are 11 celebrities who got their start on reality TV.

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu
Ebuka Obi-Uchendu
Ebuka is media personality  known for his trendy styles and fashion was a housemate on the first season of Big Brother Nigeria reality show. Although he finished in the eight position, he is one of the most successful products of this reality show.

Ebuka is popularly known for hosting the reality show Big Brother Naija, the long running Rubbin’ Minds talk show on Channels TV as well as co-hosting The Spot and Men’s Corner on Ebonylife Television.

Timi Dakolo
Timi Dakolo
Timi is a Nigerian soul singer who rose to fame after emerging winner of West African Idol 2007.

With his victory, he got a recording contract with Sony BMG, in addition to other prizes. No doubt, Timi is now an award-winning singer.



Yemi Alade
Yemi Alade
Yemi Alade is an Afropop singer and songwriter who came into limelight in 2009 after winning the Peak Talent Show. She is best known for her hit single “Johnny” and there has been a lot of hit songs afterwards.

Uti Nwachukwu
Uti Nwachukwu
Uti Nwachukwu rose to limelight after emerging winner of Big Brother Africa season 5 in 2010.

In 2011, Uti began his acting career and has so far featured in several movies since then. Uti is also popular show host. He is currently the co-host of long running "Jara" on Africa Magic.

Praiz
Praiz
Praise Ugbede Adejo, better known by his stage name Praiz, is an R&B songwriter, producer and singer.

His music career hit the limelight after he finished second runner-up at the maiden season of Project Fame West Africa.

Tonto Dikeh
Tonto Dikeh
You may not know this but the popular Tonto Dikeh is a product of a reality show. She was a contestant on a show called “The Next Movie Star” in 2005. Tonto was the first runner-up and this however made her Movie career hit the limelight.

Dare Art Alade
Darey Art Alade
Darey Art Alade as he is popularly known is an award-winning musician, singer-songwriter. Darey rose to fame after he participated in the 2004 edition of Project Fame Academy. He emerged third in the contest.

Omawumi
Omawumi
Omawumi Megbele is another celebrity who rose to limelight after contesting in the first edition of West African Idols music competition. Omawumi, a graduate of Law from Ambrose Alli University came second on the show. Her first single ‘In The Music’, became an instant hit which won several accolades over the course of her music career.

Iyanya
Iyanya Mbuk
Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk, is a recording artist and performer. He rose to fame after winning the first season of Project Fame West Africa, and is best known for his hit single “Kukere”.



Chidinma
Chidinma Ekile
Chidinma Ekile is another Nigerian celebrity who rose to stardom after winning the third season of MTN Project Fame West Africa in 2010. Following the release of the music video for her “Emi Ni Baller” single, she became the first female musician to peak at number 1 on the MTV Base Official Naija Top 10 chart.

KCee
KCee
Kingsley Chinweike Okonkwo, better known as KCee, is a singer and songwriter who rose to stardom after winning Star Quest TV reality show in 2002 alongside his then music partner, Presh.

The duo later formed a Hip Hop duo group called Kc Presh and were signed under Kennis Music were the recorded some hit songs before splitting in 2011.

KCee, who is currently the co-owner of Five Star Music with brother, E-money, is most popular for his single "Limpopo".


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