Winners Emerge for CDO”s 5 Million Naira Challenge #AOTYChallenge

Winners Emerge for CDO"s 5 Million Naira Challenge #AOTYChallenge

hat started out like an expensive joke has turned out to be a reality and dream come true for 2 talented artistes; Daddii & Luccy King, as both emerged as Winner and Runner-up respectively for Rectitude Records powered online talent discovery project tagged ALBUM OF THE YEAR CHALLENGE (#AOTYchallenge).

When gospel music crusader and Christian investor/philanthropist, John Ikeotuonye aka CDO, announced that he was offering a recording and promotions deal worth Five (5) Million Naira to whoever does the best cover for any of the songs off his recently released 12 track album titled ALBUM OF THE YEAR, a lot of cynicism followed the announcement as many doubted if it was real or possible to dole out such an amount. A prize as such would mean the contest is among the top individually funded contests in Nigeria and of a truth, there was enough reason to doubt.
But CDO being a man of his words and having gathered the pedigree of over 2 years consistency with his outreach concert, The Xpression with CDO, and also being a public figure and gubernatorial candidate in the last Anambra state elections, it was easy for some who knew his worth to believe that the prize was very possible and within reach.
About 20 contestants entered the competition by submitting beautiful entries and a rigorous process of voting and selection took place. Contestants were judged based on 3 criteria of 10 points each;  which are Voting, Creativity and Quality. All the entries were exceptional but 2 contestants stood out. Meet the winners.
WINNER: Uroko, Israel Ejike.
Instagram: @de_art_maker
Stage Name: Daddii
Entry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItbgxmVBNBs
Points: 23/30
Profile: Born on April 23, 1995. in Umuogbu-Agụ, a small village in Enugu State, Israel grew up with a burning passion for music. He started writing gospel songs with his older brother at an early age, joined  a local church choir in his teens and his passion for music has only grown since.
Over the years, studying Estate Management in the University of Uyo, he has managed to balance life as a professional singer and a student by recording love songs and motivational alternative music in his spare time when he is not engaged in school work. He has released a number of songs under the stage name ‘Daddii’, most of which have been well received on Spotify, Apple Music, etc such as: I’ll Rise Up, I dey try, Can’t give up and many more.
As a producer and mix engineer, he has worked with a couple of artists in Uyo as a way of supporting himself through school.

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