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The Voice Nigeria: Tuface, Waje, Timi Dakolo and Patoranking announced as coaches


The build up to the maiden edition of The Voice Nigeria continued on Tuesday with the unveiling of coaches for the show sponsored by Airtel.
Four of Nigeria’s most talented vocalists, Tuface Idibia, Waje, Timi Dakolo and Patoranking were announced as the selected coaches for the show to be broadcast by M-Net West Africa at a media briefing held at George Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos on Tuesday.
Speaking at the event, the Director, M-Net West Africa, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, said Africa Magic was proud to be part of the platform created by Airtel to celebrate Africa, especially since The Voice is a global franchise.
She added that the show that will be on air as from April 10 and will run for 17 weeks is a “very Nigerian platform for Nigerians and by Nigerians.”
Mba-Uzoukwu further noted that The Voice Nigeria will also be a good avenue for the coaches who rose from humble beginnings to the celebrities they are today to mentor up and coming ones having been in a similar situation before.
On what each of the artistes brings to the show, the M-Net Director said, “Tuface brings a voice that speaks with consciousness while Timi was discovered from a platform similar to The Voice. Waje is a big voice with a big heart; younger artistes look up to her. Patoranking brings youth and followership.”
Also speaking, Corporate Advisor of Airtel, Emeka Opara said the telecommunications company was proud to be associated with M-Net, noting that “M-Net is about the best we can find to do this.”
“The show”, he continued, “is about empowerment; something to put back into younger artistes. It is about touching lives and giving up and coming artistes a platform. Airtel takes empowerment very seriously.”
The coaches also spoke at their unveiling which came after the conclusion of auditions in Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Calabar.
‘Iyawo Mi’ crooner, Dakolo, described his selection as a great privilege, especially since he was also looking for opportunity once before he got his break. He promised to do his best in the best way he can.
“The Voice Nigeria is going to be amazing and being coach is very exciting for me,” began multiple award winner, Tuface. He reiterated his pride at being an Airtel Ambassador, a company committed to uplifting the lives of people. “I am looking forward to a wonderful show,” he concluded.
Waje commended The Voice Nigeria as a great platform to encourage young people. She appreciated the organisers for her selection and promised to do her best.
The fourth coach, Patoranking, could not make it to the event.
Launched in 2010, The Voice has become accepted in the US, Australia, South Africa and the UK where renowned artistes have occup[ied the show’s famous red chairs as coaches.
The Voice Nigeria employs the same format including a panel of four coaches who critique the contestants’ performances. The coaches guide their teams of selected artistes through the remainder of the season whilst also competing to ensure that their act wins the competition.
The Voice Nigeria will start showing on Africa Magic on April 10.