23-year-old Zibili Evelyn Ibhade, winner of this year’s edition of Nigerian Idol talent hunt show, in this interview, speaks with OLAKUNLE TAIWO about her career and victory which came as a surprise to many, especially as she had fewer votes from the public, a week to the grand finale.
How did you learn about the competition?
I heard about the show at the place where I was working as cleaner, kitchen assistant and waitress. I got a call from a friend, who told me about the competition. Before then, I had featured in Project Fame, X Factor and others, but I never got past the first stage. God being so wonderful, I just went for Nigerian Idol for the first time and I got picked.
What’s the secret behind your victory, because it was glaring that barely a week to the grand finale, you were getting low votes?
Sincerely, I didn’t think I was going to win the competition because of the low responses from the public. It was nothing but God’s grace. When I got into the competition, I met many people with wonderful voices, but God put me through it all.
Of course there were challenges before victory….
While in the competition, it was hard for me to be consistent, but it later became an upper hand through God’s grace and hard work. When I discovered that I was inconsistent, I tried to work hard on it knowing that everybody could sing well. SEE MORE ON PAGE2