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Ariya Repete: Excitement in Ilorin, Ijebu Ode as contestants reach quarterfinals

Ten artistes have been selected for the quarterfinals in Ilorin and Ijebu Ode, with five from each location in the ongoing Ariya Repete auditions held in both cities on April 26 and 28, 2017.
In each location, three Fuji and two Juju artistes with the best performances were selected by the independent panel of judges from 10 contestants that were chosen from the audition.
The Fuji artistes that were selected in Ilorin are Morufu Alujo, shola Adeola and Onumama Fausiya, while Omolewo Oladele and Yomi Johnson made it in the Juju category.
In Ijebu Ode, Wale Adebisi and Adenike Omoruyi emerged from Juju category, while Omotola Ayinde, Alausa Akande and Oniseesi Afeez were selected from the Fuji category.
Commenting on Ariya Repete, sponsored by Goldberg, a product of Nigeria Breweries Plc, Fausiya, a female Fuji artiste in Ilorin, said she would like to clinch the grand prize and also be a good ambassador of Goldberg.
She said: “I commend Nigerian Breweries Plc on this laudable initiative.
“With Ariya Repete, my dreams will be actualised, as well as the aspirations of other local artistes in the South West.”
The artistes will compete at the quarter finals slated for June 30 in Akure with winners from Ilorin, Ijebu Ode, Oshogbo, Abeokuta, Ado Ekiti and Lagos.
The semi-finals will take place on July 7 in Abeokuta with the grand finale scheduled for July 14 in Ibadan, Oyo State.
At the grand finale, a winner, each for Fuji and Juju, will emerge with each clinching a grand prize of N1 million and a recording deal.
According to Emmanuel Agu, Portfolio Manager, Mainstream Lager and Stout brands: “The brand is using the new platform to extend its drive to discover new talents in the two indigenous Yoruba music genres and the move is in line with its commitment to promote the culture and tradition of the people of South West Nigeria.”
Agu said other cities slated for auditions are Osogbo, Abeokuta, Ado Ekiti and Lagos.