Thursday, 26 September 2013

Nigerian Idol season 2 winner Mercy Chinwo yet to receive N7.5m recording contract one year after

Etisalat CEO- Stephan Evans and Chairman Hakeem Bello Osagie presenting Mercy Chinwo her cash prize at the Nigerian Idol Season 2 finale, back in 2012

Over a year after winning the second season of Nigerian Idol, singer Mecry Chinwo is yet to be given her N7.5m recording contract.

‘As I speak to you, I’m one-man standing. I am not in any record label, I am alone. I have to say the truth. I am not or was never tied to nay record label‘, the Port Harcourt-born singer told Encomium Weekly last week. She however confirmed receiving the N7.5m cash prize.
Franchise owners of Nigerian Idol, Optima Media Group (OMG) had announced that the winner of the talent show would go home with the overall prize of a recording contract, an SUV and a mouth-watering cash of prize of $100,000 (N7.5m). The show was sponsored by Etisalat and Pepsi.

NET could not establish contact with OMG as a rep for the media company refused to pick our phone calls and reply text messages.

Mercy’s case isn’t the same with season three winner Moses Obi-Adigwe who says everything OMG promised has been delivered. ‘Yes I got the money and my contract, everything is okay‘, Moses told Nigerian Entertainment Today in a telephone chat. The singer says he has received his N7.5m cash prize and has released three new singles.

Apparently, Moses’ recording contract is with OMG who recently setup their own label. Moses says he is more relaxed working with OMG than any other label as they would ‘have time’ for him.

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