Sensational rapper Obianuju Catherine Udeh, popularly known as DJ Switch, has been crowned Africa’s first X Factor winner.
The 29-year-old geology graduate of the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, was declared winner at the grand finale of the show recorded at Dream Studios, Bamako Street, Omole, Lagos and broadcast around the continent yesterday.
The native of Udi, Enugu State beat two other finalists; Ghana’s Ethel Eshun and fellow Nigerian Vicky Gomoti in the last round of voting to win Globacom’s N24 million cash prize and a recording contract with Sony Music Africa. Show judges, Onyeka Onwenu, M.I and Reggie Rockstone, had faced a herculean task selecting the Top 9 contestants from the 135 who made it into the Boot Camp in June.
The judges said their job was made even more difficult by the abundance of talent who made it through the audition stages in Nigeria and Ghana. Before show host Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru announced the results of public voting to select the X Factor winner, the expectation of the audience, judges and contestants had built to a crescendo.
The suspense was to last even longer as Glo ambassador from Ghana, Efya, came on stage for a wonderful performance. 2008 UK X Factor winner, the delectable Alexandra Burke, got the hall on its feet with a resounding applause for a great performance of her hit track, “Halleluyah”.
She was later joined on stage by the three finalists, DJ Switch, Eshun and Vicky. Contemporary Highlife star and Glo Ambassador, Flavour, also gave a scintillating performance at the X Factor finale. Actuary firm Alexander Forbes collated data from the voting and the envelope containing the name of the winner was presented to Toolz live.
As she announced the winner, DJ Switch, who in the duration of the live competition had gained immense followership, the crowd erupted in wild jubilation. Thereafter, DJ Switch performed her single, “Safe Landing” which is billed for release in the coming week.
The first runner-up, Eshun, got the sum of N1m for her efforts, while Vicky, the second runner-up, also got N1m.Glo’s X Factor: DJ Switch wins N24m, gets Sony Music deal by ngcareers