Nigeria’s Shaapera Makepeace is the winner of the first edition of Tecno Own the Stage, a karaoke contest which started with 15 contestants – five each from Kenya, Nigeria, and Tanzania.
Shaapera, who was crowned at the grand finale of the contest in Lagos last Sunday defeated three other finalists; Nandy (Tanzanian), Pascal (Kenya) and Sikin (Kenya) to claim the coveted prize of $25,000, in addition to a recording deal, and a brand new Tecno Phantom 5.
The first runner-up, Nandy, who went home with $15,000, a three-month internship programme at the internationally acclaimed Chocolate City, and a Tecno Phantom 5 smartphone, while Pascal got $10,000 and a Tecno Phantom 5 smartphone for coming third‘ in the competition.
A consolation prize of a Tecno Phantom 5 smartphone was given to Sikin, the second Kenyan who came fourth in the contest which had engaged fans for over 13 weeks.
It was a glorious night for Shaapera who, apart from the fondness she received from the voting public, was also loved by the three judges; Bien, Yemi and M.I.