After a long period of auditions across Africa, the all new season opened with a lot of glamor as a lot of celebrities in the entertainment industry flooded the MTN Project Fame Opening Gala on Sunday, October 2, 2011. Notable faces at the event include Veteran actor and Actress, Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva, Segun Arinze, Jay Jay Okocha, Chidi Mokeme, Dayo Adeneye, Cobhams, Banky W, Sasha among many others.
The event had international award winning sensational singer, Brandy, revered R&B artiste, Joe and Nigerian popstar, Dbanj thrill the audience of over 5,000 guests. MTN Project Fame past winners, Iyanya, Mike, Praise, Kesse and Chidinma also performed at the electrifying event.
“Just landed in the states! Nigerian love will keep me smiling forever! Thank you to all the fans who supported the MTN event…Love you all!” an excited Brandy tweeted from her official handle @4everbrandy shortly after arriving the US today Tuesday October 4, 2011.
17 finalists emerged out of the 19 contestants that were introduced to the audience for the MTN Project Fame season 4 as two of the contestants went home from the opening gala night.
The Project Fame academy will train the finalists on the A- Z of the art and business of music, using special in-house coaching and performance as well as external mentors who will take turns to prepare the contestants for a future in the music industry. The contestants are to spend some weeks in boot camp before moving into the academy for proper training.
MTN Project Fame West Africa started in 2008 and has produced some of Nigeria’s rising stars.