BY TEMILADE ENIOLA
An ugly scene almost marred the closing gala ceremony of the MTN Project Fame Season 8, ExpressNG has learnt.
A man identified as the father of crowd favourite, Funmilayo Comfort Arewa went berserk after another contestant (Jeff Akoh) was announced as winner of the competition instead of his daughter, Arewa. The ceremony took place inside Ultima Studios in Lekki Phase area of Lagos.
For her final performance, Arewa as she is popularly known did a collaboration with 9ice to sing Gongo Aso. The 24 year old is a Lagos State University alumnus.
To the consternation of many, Arewa’s name did not come as the names of the the first to third runners-up was announced by show host Joseph Benjamin. The momentum of events had reached a climax. Emotions were very high as a section of the audience expected the talented female singer to be named but that honour went to someone else.
ExressNG reliably gathered that the incident almost took the shine away from 18 year old, Jeff’s big moment of joy but was arrested by protocol.
“It was not funny at all after the winner was announced. Arewa’s father went berserk and began to make a hell of noise in the hall. The man was very disappointed at the organizers,” confided ExpressNG source.
An insider confirmed that this part is not likely to make it into the final cut that will be seen by Nigerian TV viewers on Sunday evening.