10 Nigerian Celebrities Who Became Stars Through Reality TV Shows

10 Nigerian Celebrities Who Became Stars Through Reality TV Shows 1Reality shows have been the perfect platform for some of the most popular stars in Nigeria to go on to be A-list Celebrities. They have used their opportunities in certain reality Tv shows to rise to stardom, and go on to achieve their dreams. So of the most popular reality shows out there that have helped create these stars were MTN Project Fame, BBNaija, Big Brother Africa Peak Talent Show, The Next Movie Star, Gulder Ultimate Search. It must be said some of this talent shows have stopped running or some has changed their nomenclature. Here is the list of 10 Nigerian celebrities that got that major breakthrough through reality TV shows;

  1. Ebuka Obi Uchendu: 10 Nigerian Celebrities Who Became Stars Through Reality TV Shows 2Most might not know or remember Ebuka was on the first season of Big Brother Naija, He was eight in the competition in its maiden season. Ebuka now hosts the show since its 3rd season still now. Ebuka also hosts other programmes like the long-running Rubbin’ Minds talk show on Channels TV, as well as co-hosting The Spot and Men’s Corner on Ebonylife Television.  Ebuka is most popular for his fashion taste and style, he popularly threw the Internet into a frenzy with his Agbada style which he wore during Banky W and Adesua Etomi’s wedding in 2018.
  2. Timi Dakolo: timi dakoloTimi Dakolo is most known notoriously for his unique voice and singing prowess. He is married to Busola Dakolo who recently accused the Senior Pastor of COZA Church of Raping her as a minor. Timi Dakolo 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.
  3. Yemi Alade: 10 Nigerian Celebrities Who Became Stars Through Reality TV Shows 3Yemi Alade Mama Africa like she’s popularly referred to across the Continent,  is a Nigerian 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 trusts me, there has been a lot of hit songs afterward.
  4. Tonto Dikeh: 10 Nigerian Celebrities Who Became Stars Through Reality TV Shows 4You 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 gave her, her major breakthrough into the entertainment industry.
  5. Dare Art Alade (Darey): 10 Nigerian Celebrities Who Became Stars Through Reality TV Shows 5Dare 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.
  6. Uti Nwachukwu:10 Nigerian Celebrities Who Became Stars Through Reality TV Shows 6 36-yr-old 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.
  7. Praiz: 10 Nigerian Celebrities Who Became Stars Through Reality TV Shows 7Praise Ugbede Adejo, better known by his stage name Praiz, is a Nigerian 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. Trust me, he was my favourite contestant that year maybe because his style was different or because of the name (Praise).
  8. Omawumi: 10 Nigerian Celebrities Who Became Stars Through Reality TV Shows 8The beautiful Omawumi Megbele is another celebrity who rose to stardom 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. Some of her biggest hits are “Bottom Belle”, If You ask, Without you, I No Sure.
  9. Iyanya: 10 Nigerian Celebrities Who Became Stars Through Reality TV Shows 9Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk, is a Nigerian 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”.
  10. Chidima:10 Nigerian Celebrities Who Became Stars Through Reality TV Shows 10 Beautiful star singer 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. 10 Nigerian Celebrities Who Became Stars Through Reality TV Shows 11Photo Credit: Getty

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