Ade Bantu is a Nigerian-German musician, producer, activist, lecturer, public speaker and grenzgänger. He is the founder of the band, Bantu (Brotherhood Alliance Navigating Towards Unity), and the Afro-German NGO & Musical collective, Brothers Keepers. He currently resides in Lagos, Nigeria
Deservingly, Bantu netted the 2005 edition of the prestigious Kora Award (the pan African equivalent of the Grammy) in the categories “Best Group West Africa” and “Best Group Africa”.
Bantu was introduced to the Nigerian audience in 1999. The group became an instant success with their radio hit singles “Nzogbu” & “Fire Inna Dancehall”. Over the years, they have consistently released videos and audio recordings of their works which has helped garner a loyal fan base and following. He has collaborated with various artists such as: Xavier Naidoo, UB40, Gentleman, Patrice, Nneka, African China, Adewale Ayuba, Abiodun, Fatai Rolling Dollar, Azadus, Mode 9, Tony Allen, Soundsultan, Harry Belafonte and Asa.
He is presently the newest judge on Project Fame West Africa!
Tall, dark and handsome Joseph Benjamin is a growing phenomenon in Nigeria’s entertainment landscape, this top class award-winning actor, TV Presenter, model and voice-over artiste, is in high demand in various sectors.
His acting debuted was in Tales by Moonlight and later landed a role in ‘CROSSROADS’ a movie released in 1991. In 2003, he starred in Zeb Ejiro and Andy Amaechi’s ‘Deadly Mission’, and in 2005; he starred in Jumai Joseph’s ‘Just Me’. He was also in Shan George’s ‘Travails of Faith’. Joseph has also starred in a number of television dramas for terrestrial and local TV namely “Bachelors, Young, Single and Free”, “Super Story, 168”, “Edge of Paradise”, “Tinsel” (till date), and most recently the movie “Tango with me”! He has also featured in a couple of block busters yet to be released.
His career as a model started in 1995, and has seen him work with brands like Coca-Cola, Maltina, Indomie, National Electoral Commission (NEC), Peak Milk, Crusader Insurance, Stanbic IBTC, and others too numerous to mention.
He has presented many shows including hosting the “YELLO” Carpet Live for the hip-hop World Awards (2007), and this is his third season hosting MTN Project Fame West Africa.
Adora Oleh is definitely no stranger to TV screens across the globe. Having worked as a presenter on Channel 4 and MTV in the UK as well as European and African television stations, her popularity continues to increase. Born and raised in Surrey England, she is the eldest of three children.
Adora graduated into show business via the catwalk when she modelled for Channel 4’s ‘The Big Breakfast’ one of the UK’s most popular breakfast shows. Her sparkling personality and sense of humour made her a resident model on the fashion segment and she appeared on the live show for two and half years. Although she acquired an earlier taste
Bibie Brew, is a Ghanaian award winning International recording artiste who has flown Africa’s flag way beyond the shores of the continent. She is an International star performer, known through her Hit 'Tout doucement' that topped the French charts in the 1980’s. She has recorded and released 5 major albums and 42 singles in France and the whole of Europe.
In her spare time she uses her talent to teach local aspiring musicians in Accra and Paris, helping them to achieve recognition. Bibie has been a Judge on the MTN sponsored “Project Fame West Africa” in Nigeria for five years running. Bibie is currently an Honorary General Secretary of Musicians Association of Ghana, she runs an Arts Café in Accra Called “The New Morning” where she gives young people the opportunity to showcase their talents in arts to high profiled patrons from Embassies and Foreign Missions across Ghana and other notable individuals and groups.
Temitayo Ibitoye popularly known as Tee- Y Mix is a multi-talented Keyboardist and an A-list music producer based in Nigeria. He is an indigene of Ondo state. He grew up in an artistic and musical environment where he displayed from an early age, great interest in music.
He holds a degree in computer science from the University of Abuja, a diploma in Audio recording engineering from the Audio institute of America and is soon to complete a degree program in Business Administration with the University of South Africa. Tee-Y Mix started producing music as early as 2001 and has since grown to be one of the most sought after music producers in Nigeria. Since his first hit, Adara by Sasha in 2006, he has maintained a consistent delivery of good productions till date.
Kaffy whose real name is Kafayat Shafau is the Guinness book of world records holder and a Nigerian youth from the city of Lagos who has a great passion for setting goals and seeing them through. This has seen her become one of the most influential youth in Nigeria.
Kaffy who holds a diploma in Data Processing from Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State was involved in diverse extra-curricular activities all through her schooling; ranging from dance, sport to debate. After school, Kaffy continued to be involved in a lot of sporting activities, playing basketball for Sea Rovers in Lagos, and was at the time captain of Ogun State Basketball team and a swimming instructor.
Dupe Ige Kachi, popularly called IGE (pronounced ee-gay), is an all-round performer. She has been singing since she was seven years old. Born into a family of art lovers, she has always appreciated all forms of music and dance, from classical to jazz and R&B. She honed her art in the several singing groups and choirs of the various churches that she attended as the child of a clergyman, which include Laz Ekwueme Chorale, Steve Rhodes Voices, Chosen Treasure Choir (HOTR), Covenant Christian Centre Choir, MUSON, and several Anglican Church choirs.
Even though she studied electrical/electronics engineering at the University if Lagos, the arts have been a part of her everyday life. She has acted in a number of stage plays, and graced a number of concert stages like the Calabar Carnival 2005-2007, TOTAL 50th anniversary celebrations, “The Experience”, P.D.P Presidential rally dinner 2007, The Presidential Ball 2011, “The Platform”, Nigeria Stock Exchange Awards, The African-American concert and several MUSON classical concerts. She was an active member of the defunct neo-Africanist theatre group called Rhythm of the Black Man, and she was one of the main actors in a stage play called WHAT THE STEWARD SAW. She is also the sole presenter/host of a forth-coming musical magazine T.V programme called GROOVE CHECK. She has written and performed several MTN jingles and songs and is a proud holder of MUSON certificates in voice, piano and theory of music, and is the vocal coach of the MTN PROJECT FAME WEST AFRICA. She has also organized a series of city-wide and campus voice training workshops titled “FIND UR VOICE WITH IGE”
Ige’s singing style could be described as soulful Rhythm and Blues with an eclectic blend of classical music, jazz and new-school flavor. She has worked with a number of artistes like Sammy Okposo, Provabs, JC Qrew, Cobhams, Yinka Davis, Rhymzo and Sunny Neji, to mention a few. Her name – Ige, stands for a message of hope to all. Her uniquely distinctive velvety voice serenades your soul, granting you an inevitable savory experience. Little wonder her admirers call her “Golden Voice”.
A pitch perfect vocal expert, music coordinator (both spiritual & secular), vocal arranger, voice-over artiste and “KING OF MEAN” of the Project Fame Academy. As a choir boy in the Catholic Church, an opportunity to audition for the STEVE RHODES VOICES opened up for him. The late Elder Steve Rhodes took him through the rigours of professional vocal training in the contemporary and jazz genres and he has since not looked back in this rich field of commercial and personal choice of career.
In order not to lose track of these genres, he joined the LAZ EKWUEME CHORALE to fortify his stand in the industry. Uncle Ben as he is popularly known as, is the leader of the acapella group CHORDWEBS and head of ADRENALINE, the first band to be engaged in a music reality show (MTN PROJECT FAME WEST AFRICA). This die hard talent hunter will stop at nothing to bring drama, tears and blood in order to make you the best you must be in the industry. For Uncle Ben, “IF YOU CAN’T FACE THE PAINS THAT COME BEFORE SUCCESS, YOU DON’T DESERVE THE ENDLESS GAINS IT BRINGS”.
The creative accomplishments and consummate skills of the actress Joke Silva have shone through in countless performances over the years, touching audiences the world over. One of her most notable recent performances was a production of the play “Have you seen Zandile” by the Canadian group, African Theatre Ensemble (ATE).
Theatre and movie audiences have also enjoyed her work in films such as “Amazing Grace”, “White Waters”, “Women’s Cot”, “The Child” and “Tango with Me”, to name a few.
Joke Silva attended Holy Child College Obalende, before going on to pursue higher education at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, London, and the University of Lagos. She is also an alumnus of the Fate Foundation Programme for Entrepreneurs.
In addition to her work as an actress, Joke Silva is also an accomplished director and producer. Under the banner of Lufodo Productions, which she founded with her husband Olu Jacobs, and in which she serves as Managing Director, Joke Silva has produced numerous works of theatre, the latest being “Little Drops” sponsored by the Rivers State Government.
Ms. Silva recently added the title of educator to her resume with the establishment of the Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts where she serves as Director of Studies.
Joke Silva is a recipient of several awards, including the EMOTAN Award by AIT and the SOLIDRA Award, the Best Actress in 2006 at the AMMA Awards, Best Actress in Supporting Role in 2008.
She is a trustee of Advocacy for Women and Children, an NGO and a grief counsellor for AART of Life Foundation also an NGO. She was the President, panel of Judges KORA Awards 2004 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In January 2006, she was nominated by the Minister of Information as one of the members to serve on the film village committee, a committee which formulates policy on how to practically set up film villages in different parts of the country.
She is the Goodwill Ambassador for Ray of Hope Foundation, Save The Children UK and Nigerian Women Trust Fund.
I think the audition judges from benin are ignorant about music. Why on earth should the first lady that was auditioned and sang beautifully was given a NO because of pronunciation? I thought things like that were worked on in the house not b4.
Kudos 2 the Judges and faculty, they are duing a gud job. All the contestants are duing great... But Ayo is just wonderful... keep it up guys! Love y'all
i love to be part of this show someday. Great job by the faculty. Weldone. Project fame wat a feelings.......
mtn project fame i cant leave my room just to see ella you toke my birth away with your self compose song you rock it girl i wish you guys all the best.
the show is nice! i love ayo... christians perfomance is good.