The Voice Nigeria is the Nigerian franchise of the TV series The Voice. It is a singing competition that features music enthusiasts and professional performers. Since its first edition in 2016 in Nigeria, the show has become the biggest rival to the Nigerian Idol. It has also produced many talents and celebrated artistes in the country and Africa at large.[1]

The Voice Nigeria
Talent Show
Created byJohn de Mol
Based onThe Voice of Holland
Presented byIK Osakioduwa(1-2)
Stephanie Coker(1-3)
Toke Makinwa(3-)
Nancy Isime(3-)
Yemi Alade(2-3)
Timi Dakolo(1-2)
Naeto C(4-)
Theme music composerMartijn Schimmer
Opening themeThis is The Voice
Ending themeThis is The Voice
Country of originNigeria
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes43
Executive producersSeason 1 and 2 - M-net, Season 3 - Un1ty Limited, Livespot360
EditorSasani Studios
Running time60-120 byminutes
Production companiesTalpa Media, Season 3 - Un1ty Limited, Livespot360
Original release
NetworkAfrica Magic Urban
Africa Magic Showcase
Release10 April 2016 (2016-04-10) –
8 October 2017 (2017-10-08)
Release27 March 2021 (2021-03-27) –
present (present)

Blinds edit

This is the beginning of where coaches would have to build their team which should consist of 6 talents.

As the name implies, at this stage, the coaches’ chairs are turned towards the audience while the talent perform,if any of the coaches finds interest in the talent, he/she would have to hit the buzzer (red button) while their chair turns to face the talents. If there is more than one interested coach, the talent will have to select whose team he/she would want to belong, after all interested coaches pitch for the talent.[2]

Live shows edit

After the battle rounds comes the Live Shows. In this stage, each of the talents perform a song given by their coach, and the coach saves one out of every four talents while the rest are left to public votes. Public votes save one talent out of each team every week while the rest are evicted. The talents are cut from 32 to 16 to 12 to 8 of them who qualify for the finals. From the top 8, the winner and runner up are decided by the public votes.[3]

Coaches and presenters edit

Coaches timeline edit

Timeline of coaches
Coach Seasons
1 2 3 4
Timi Dakolo
Yemi Alade
Naeto C

Presenters timeline edit

Host Seasons
1 2 3 4
IK Osakioduwa
Stephanie Coker
Toke Makinwa
Nancy Isime
Kate Henshaw
Zainab Balogun
  Main host

Series overview edit

Season First aired Last aired Winner Runner-up Third place Fourth place Winning coach Presenter Coaches (chair's order)
1 2 3 4
1 14 Apr 2016 31 July 2016 A'rese Chike Cornel Brenda Waje IK Osakioduwa Stephanie Coker 2Baba Waje Patoranking Timi
2 18 June 2017 8 Oct 2017 Idyl Ebube Syemca Wow Timi Dakolo Patoranking Yemi Waje
3 27 Mar 2021 24 July 2021 Esther Benyeogo Kpee Okoro Eazzie Naomi Mac Darey Toke Makinwa Nancy Isime Falz Waje Yemi Darey
4 24 Dec 2022 21 May 2023 Pere Jason Nicole Osarumwense Queen Jasper Bhen Niyola Kate Henshaw Zainab Balogun Praiz Niyola Waje Naeto C

Season 1 (2016) edit

The opening broadcast was on 10 April 2016. The four coaches for the inaugural season are Nigerian artistes Waje, Timi Dakolo, Patoranking and 2baba aka Tuface (formerly known as 2face Idibia). The programme is hosted by IK Osakioduwa and Stephanie Coker.[4]

Season 2 (2017) edit

The Voice Nigeria had four coaches like the first season and featured Yemi Alade (a new coach) in place of 2face Idibia. It was also hosted by Ik Osakioduwa and Stephanie Coker. The winner of the edition was Idyl.[citation needed]

Teams edit

Coaches Top 49 artists
Flavour Idugbe Afolayan Adelake Itunu Ugunyemi Annie Cedric Emmanuel Okafor
Tama Misa Kessy Mbonu Blessing Isaac Omuejevoke Ofiokpene Chukwuemeka Chike
Ebube Obioma Eserophe "EseQliC" Urinrin Okoro
Yemi Alade
Jahnmso Liem Ifeoma Onu Olanrewaju Omowa Ogechi Ihenacho Chris Rio
Joy Ebiem Torisheju Ogbe Olawole Olusi Favour Johnson Yimika Akinola
Kelvin Audu Bunmi Oshin
Zorah Julius Wilson Odini Paulyn Bob Obichi Marshall Arewa Comfort
Shapera Makepeace Glory Amanyi Efezino Akpo Chuks Aniobonam Amarachi Ugoeke
Daniel James Isaac Aloma
Timi Dakolo
Emmanuel Precious Jahtell Item Daniel Oiongoli Kendri Ologodi Blessed Ake
Godwin bada Sandra Osamor Nwando Okoli Victor Thompson Grace Udoh
Gerald Agwunobi Happiness Osassumwen Tara & Bella

Blind Auditions edit

Blind auditions color key
Coach pressed "I WANT YOU" button
Artist elected a coach's team
Artist defaulted to a coach's team
Blind auditions results
Episode Order Artist Age Song Coach's and artist's choices
Patoranking Yemi Waje Timi
Episode 1
(Sunday, 18 June 2017)
1 Emmanuel Precious 22 Survivor (Destiny's Child song)
2 Zorah Jukius 25 Dangerous Woman (song)
3 Jahtell Item 23 Fuckin' Perfect
4 Johansom Liem 27 Fly Like an Eagle (song)
5 Ifeoma Onu 31 When You Believe
6 Favour Idugbe 19 Kilon Poppin
7 Afolayan Adelake 27 I'll Make Love to You
8 Olanrewaju Omowa 20 That Stupid Song
Episode 2
(Sunday, 25 June 2017)
1 Daniel Oiongoli 22 Zunciya Daya
2 Wilson Odini 20 Just Give Me a Reason
3 Itunu Ogunyemi 23 Don't Let Me Down (The Chainsmokers song)
4 Ogechi Ihenacho 25 Serious love
5 Annie Cedric 25 So beautiful
6 Chris Rio 21 Love don't lie
7 Paulyn Bob 24 Sorry (Justin Bieber song)
8 Kendri Ologidi 25 What a Girl Wants (Christina Aguilera song)
Episode 3
(Sunday, 2 July 2017)
1 Joy Ebiem 26 One Naira
2 Blessed Eke 24 Folashade
3 Godwin Bada 25 The Lazy Song
4 Emmanuel Okafor 28 Step in the Name of Love
5 Obichi Marshall 24 Battlefield (song)
6 Tama Nisa 25 From This Moment On (Shania Twain song)
7 Torisheju Ogbe 28 Wake Me Up (Avicii song)
8 Arewa Comfort 26 Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)
Episode 4
(Sunday, 9 July 2017)
1 Sandra Osamor 25 National Anthem
2 Kessy Mbonu 25 Jangilora
3 Blessing Issac 25 A Woman's Worth
4 Shapera Makepeace 30 Bad Romance
5 Glory Amanyi 26 Irreplaceable
6 Olawaol Olusi 22 Pillowtalk (song)
7 Nwando Okoli 27 Don't Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)
8 Victor Thompson 28 I Knew You Were Trouble
Episode 5
(Sunday, 16 July 2017)
1 Ebube Obioma 24 Too Close (Alex Clare song)
2 Efezino Akpo 25 I'm with you
3 Chuks Aniobonam 34 Shape of My Heart (Backstreet Boys song)
4 Favour Johnson 25 Kissing by Yemi
5 Omueijevoke Ofiekpene 29 The Vow by Timi
6 Grace Udoh 29 Be Without You
7 Yimika Akinda 22 Ordinary (Cobahams)
8 Chukwuemeka Chike 25 Sugar (Maroon 5 song)
Episode 6
(Sunday, 23 July 2017)
1 Gerald Agwunobi 23 Some nights
2 Amarachi Ugoeke 18 Wide Awake (Katy Perry song)
3 Kelvin Audu 22 Take a Bow (Rihanna song)
4 Happiness Osassumwen 21 Where Have You Been
5 Bunmin Oshin 21 Only Girl (In the World)
6 Daniel James 27 Here and Now (Luther Vandross song) Team


7 Tara & Bella 24 Heartbreak Hotel (Whitney Houston song)
8 Eserophe "EseQliC" Urinrin Okoro 27 Big Girls Don't Cry (Fergie song)
9 Aloma Isaac Junior 25 Okay Team




Battles edit

The battles began on 30 July 2017. The coaches can steal 2 losing artists from other coaches and proceed to live shows. At the end of battles, only 8 artists will remain on each team, 6 will be from battles that were won , and 2 from steals. A total of 32 advancing to live shows and 17 eliminated.

Battles color key
      Artist won the Battle and advanced to the live shows
Artist lost the Battle, but was stolen by another coach, and, advanced to the live shows
Artist lost the Battle and was eliminated
Battles results
Episode Coach Order Winner Song Loser 'Steal'/'Save' result
Patoranking Yemi Waje Timi
Episode 7
(Sunday, 30 July)
Yemi 1 Ifeoma I'm Every Woman Olla N/A
Timi 2 Idyl Love Me Now (John Legend song) Happiness N/A
Waje 3 Efezino Awe Daniel N/A
Patoranking 4 KessyDriz Na gode Favour N/A
Yemi 5 Oge Firework (song) Tori N/A
Timi 6 Jahtell The woman I love Gee6ixx N/A
Episode 8
(Sunday, 6 August)
Waje 1 Obichi Romantic Zicsaloma N/A
Patoranking 2 Annie C Beneath Your Beautiful Tama Nisa N/A
Yemi 3 Majeeka Toh Bad Wolei N/A
Timi 4 Bada Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours Blessed N/A
Patoranking 5 Hightee No Air Blessing N/A
Waje 6 Glowrie Hurt You Wilson N/A
Episode 9
(Sunday, 13 August)
Patoranking 1 Afolayan Drag Me Down Syemca N/A
Timi 2 Kendris If love is a crime Nwando steal used N/A
Waje 3 Wow Jealous (Labrinth song) Paulyn N/A
Yemi 4 Bunmi Aye Adaba Yimika
Patoranking 5 Ebube Suit & Tie Grey N/A
Timi 6 Precious When a Man Loves a Woman Grace steal


Episode 10
(Sunday, 20 August)
Waje 1 Shapera What Do You Want from Me (Adam Lambert song) Zorah steal


steal used N/A
Yemi 2 Chris Rio More Than Words (Westlife song) J'Dess N/A
Patoranking 3 Voke Wanted EseQliC N/A Team full steal used
Waje 4 Arewa What I Did for Love (David Guetta song) Amarachi Team


Timi 5 Victor Ain't No Mountain High Enough Tara & Bella and Sandra Team full N/A

Live Shows edit

The Live Shows began on 27 August 2017. All the 32 artists who advanced from the battles performed in the live shows for a place in the semifinals. This was divided in two episodes where 4 artists per team would perform in each episode. Two artists per team advanced from each episode, one as coaches' vote and the other from public votes. A total of 8 artists advanced to the semifinals. All the 8 artists performed in the semifinal rounds for the public votes. Only 4 artists went through to the live finals. Idyl from team Timi was announced as the winner of the second series of the voice Nigeria.and Ebube from team Patoranking as runner-up.

Elimination Chart
Artist Semifinals Finale
Idyl Safe Winner
Ebube Safe Runner-up
Syemca Safe Third Place
Wow Safe Fourth Place
Chris Rio Eliminated

Season 3 (2021) edit

After 3 years away, The Voice Nigeria is back with Season Three. Organisers have announced that the singing competition is open for online auditions - *25 August – 19 September 2020* and is expected to attract and help Nigerian musical talents. The Coaches for the Season 3 includes first-time coaches Darey, and Falz, as well as return coaches, Waje, and Yemi Alade.[5] The programme will be hosted by Nancy Isime, co-hosted by Toke Makinwa during the blind auditions and Stephanie Coker hosting the Red Room from the Live Shows. The show promises to take an interesting twist this season with many virtual engagements with fans, talents and the general public[6] The winner of this edition is Esther Benyeogo

Teams edit

Teams color key
      Top 3
      Fourth place
      Top 6
      Top 8
      Top 12
      Stolen in the Knockout rounds
      Eliminated in the Knockout rounds
      Eliminated in the Battles
Coaches Top 24 artists
Naomi Mac Dapo Zacchaeus Tamara Ebelike Peace Amaefula
Kpee Okoro Nneka Ngwe Okemdiya Chimomez
Eazzie Nuel Ayo Inioluwa Ayomikum
Anu Okinlagun Teslim Ifunaya Nwangene
Yemi Alade
Kitay Okiemute Anu Okinlagun Toseen Emehinola Vanilla Chinagoro
Charles Loven Oluwabukola Ogunbodede Tim Ayo
Esther Benyeago Kpee Okoro Jeremiah Ranti Rachel Ogondi
Dapo Zacchaeus Ayomikum Blessing Ucheonye
Note: Italicized names are stolen artists (names struck through within former teams).

Blind Auditions[7] edit

Blind auditions color key
 ✔  Coach pressed "I WANT YOU" button
   Artist elected a coach's team
   Artist defaulted to a coach's team
   Artist was eliminated with no coach pressing their button
Blind auditions results
Episode Order Artist Age Hometown Song Coach's and artist's choices
Falz Waje Yemi Darey
Episode 1
(Saturday, 27 March 2021)
1 Rachel Ogondi 31 Bayelsa State Ijoba Orun
2 Oluwabukola Ogunbodede 28 Girl on Fire (song)
3 Shallom Mathew 23 Benue Ego
4 Oluwatosin 25 Ondo State What Is Love (V. Bozeman song)
5 Opko Eyo 22 Cross River State When I Was Your Man
6 Peace Amaefula 20 Abia State Try Me
Episode 2
(Saturday, 3 April 2021)
1 Nuel Ayo 21 Kogi State Fix You
2 Tim Ayo 23 Kogi State Sade
3 Amarachi Ben Ikenador 23 Imo State Big Girls Don't Cry (Fergie song)
4 Okemdiya Chimomez 28 Abia State Memories (Maroon 5 song)
5 Adedotun Adeleye 25 Osun State Forever Young
6 Vanilla Chinagoro 32 Imo State Freedom (Beyoncé song)
Episode 3
(Saturday, 10 April 2021)
1 Elizabeth Osesiameh 24 Edo State Love on the Brain
2 Clifford Enobun 27 Oyo State It's a Man's Man's Man's World
3 Inioluwa Adeyemi 21 Kwara State Photograph (Ed Sheeran song)
4 Pamela Scott 22 Hero (Mariah Carey song)
5 Avwerosua Teslim 30 Delta State Redemption Song
6 Gifty Ighiwiyisi 20 Edo State Pretty Hurts
7 Esther Benyeago 23 Delta State Rise Up (Andra Day song)
Episode 4
(Saturday, 17 April 2021)
1 Charles Loven Osun State "Need you" fireboy
2 Dick Sarah 22 Delta State "Power rangers" Teni
3 Jeremiah Ranti 26 Ondo state I'm Not the Only One
4 Ayiebafere 27 Bayelsa State listen
5 Ifunaya Nwangene 21 Enugu state Take a Bow (Rihanna song)
6 Ayomikun 20 Ondo State 'Pray for you" Nosa
Episode 5
(Saturday, 24 April 2021)
1 Kpee Okoro 20 Safa - Kizz Daniel
2 Blessing Ucheonye 25 Delta State Un-Break My Heart
3 Paul Mogbolu 28 Delta State Jealous (Labrinth song)
4 Alade Kolade 26 Ekiti State You Are the Reason (Calum Scott song)
5 Tamara Ebelike Bayelsa State I Have Nothing
6 Ifeoma 22 Delta State Issues (Julia Michaels song)
7 Naomi Mac 29 Delta State (Everything I Do) I Do It for You
Episode 6
(Saturday, 1 May 2021)
1 Dapo Zacchaeus 28 Lagos State Let Me Love You (Mario song)
2 Adeola Oladipupo 22 Oyo State Case - Teni Team Full
3 Anu Okinlagun 29 Lagos State Wrecking Ball (Miley Cyrus song)
4 Nneka Ngwe 27 Ebonyi State From This Moment On (Shania Twain song) Team Full
5 Cabrini Nwankwo 23 Anambra State Read All About It, Pt. III Team Full
6 Kitay Okiemute 25 Delta State Away - Oxlade

Knockouts[8] edit

Knockouts began on 9 May 2021. 6 artists per team compete against each other for a spot in the battle rounds. One can either advance to the battles by a safe from their coach or steal from another coach.

Results color key
      Artist won the knockout and advanced to battles.
      Artist lost the knockout and was eliminated
      Artist lost the Knockout but was stolen by another coach and advanced to battles
Knockouts results per team
Episodes Coaches Order Artist Song Result
Episode 7
(Saturday, 8 May 2021)
Yemi Alade 1 Toeseen What Now - Rihanna) Advanced
2 Loven Away - Wande Coal Eliminated
3 Vanilla Titanium - (Sia) Advanced
4 Ewalouwa Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande) Eliminated
5 Tim Ayo Live Riddim - Rotimi Eliminated
6 Kitay Laye - Kizz Daniel Advanced
Episode 8
(Saturday, 15 May 2021)
Falz 1 Neky Killing me Softly - Fugees Eliminated
2 Naomi Mac I Look to You (Whitney) Advanced
3 Okemdiya Something Different - Adekunle Gold Eliminated
4 KPee Risky - Davido Steal(Darey)
5 Peace Wanted - Tiwa Savage Advanced
6 Tamara Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis Advanced
Episode 9
(Saturday, 22 May 2021)
Waje 1 Teslim Run Away - Styl-Plus Eliminated
2 Ifunanya Right Away - Seyi Shay Eliminated
3 Nuel Ayo When a Woman Loves Advanced
4 Eazzie "California King Bed" Advanced
5 Inioluwa Fire on the mountain - Asa Advanced
6 Anu God Is a Woman - Ariana Grande Steal(Yemi)
Episode 10
(Saturday, 29 May 2021)
Darey 1 Jeremiah Believe - Ric Hassani Adcanced
2 Blescene Stick with you - Pussy cat dolls Eliminated
3 Rachel Smash Into You - Beyonce Advanced
4 Ayomikum Just the Way You Are (Bruno Mars song) Steal(Waje)
5 Dapo I Wanna Know (Joe song) Steal(Falz)
6 Esther Flying without win Advanced

Battles edit

The Battles began on 5 June 2021 and concluded on 12 June 2021. In this round, each coach pairs 2 artists against each other to battle out. At the end of the battle, a coach chooses one artist in each battle to advance to the live shows. Later, the public then chooses one of the losing artists per team to advance.

Battles color key
      Artist won the Battle and advanced to the Live shows.
      Artist lost the Battle, but was chosen by the public and advanced to Live shows.
      Artist lost the Battle and was eliminated.
Battles results
Episode Coach Order Winner Song Loser
Episode 11
(Saturday, 5 June)
Falz 1 Dapo Already - (Beyonce) Peace
waje 2 Eazzie Perfect - Ed (Sheeran) Nuel Ayo
Waje 3 Inioluwa Nobody - (Dj Neptune) Ayomikum
Falz 4 Naomi Mac Ladies and gentlemen - Rookado Tamara
Episode 12
(Saturday, 12 June)
Yemi 1 Kitay Uptown funk - (bruno mars) Vanilla
Darey 2 Esther Uyo Meyo - (Teni) Jeremiah
Yemi 3 Anu Stay - (Rihanna) Toseen
Darey 4 Kpee Oliver Twist - (D'banj song) Rachel

Live Shows edit

The live shows started on 3 July 2021. A total of 12 artists performed in front of the coaches and a live audience for a spot in the next round. Only 2 artists per team advanced, one from judge's choice and the other from public votes. On the 2nd week of live shows, all 8 who advanced performed for a spot in the semifinals. A total of 6 from the top vote getters from the public advanced. During the 3rd week of live shows, the top 6 performed for a chance to be crowned the winner of the voice season 3.

Live shows color key
      Artist was saved by public's vote
      Artist was saved by his/her coach
      Artist was eliminated
Live Show results
Episode Coach Order Artist Song Result
Episode 15
(Saturday, 3 July 2021)
Waje 1 Eazzie If you ask me - Omawumi Waje's choice
2 Inioluwa Essence - Wizkid ft Tems Eliminated
3 Nuel Ayo Diamonds - Rihanna Public's vote
Darey 4 Esther In the music - Omawumi Darey's choice
5 Jeremiah Billionaire - Teni Eliminated
6 Kpee Roju - Chike Public's vote
Yemi 7 Toseen The Climb Miles Cyrus Eliminated
8 Kitay Dance with My Father - Luther Vandross Yemi's choice
9 Anu Feeling Good - Nina Simone Public's vote
Falz 10 Tamara Halo - Beyoncé Eliminated
11 Dapo Ordinary People - (John Legend ) Public's vote
12 Naomi Mac Glory - Common and John Legend Falz's choice
Episode 16
(Saturday, 10 July 2021)
Falz 1 Naomi Mac I Will Always Love - Whitney Houston Public's vote
2 Dapo Fall in love - D'banj Public's vote
Yemi 3 Kitay Ada Ada - Flavour Public's vote
4 Anu This Is Me (The Greatest Showman song) Eliminated
Waje 5 Eazzie I Want to Know What Love Is Public's vote
6 Nuel Ayo Eye Adaba - Asa Eliminated
Darey 7 Esther Never enough - greatest showman Public's vote
8 Kpee Lady - Rema Public's vote
Episode 17
(Saturday, 17 July 2021)
Darey 1 Esther Love On Top - Beyoncé
Falz 2 Dapo When a Man Loves a Woman - Michael Bolton
Yemi 3 Kitay Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
Falz 4 Naomi Mac Vulindela - Brenda Fassie
Darey 5 Kpee Vibration - Fireboy
Waje 6 Eazzie And I Am Telling You - Jennifer Hudson

Finale edit

The finale aired on 24 July from 8.30pm. The artists performed duets in the 1st round after which the top 4 were revealed. The top 4 performed solo performances thereafter and the winner of the voice was crowned at the end of the show.

Battles color key
      Top 4
Duets(round one)
Episode Coach Order Artist Song Result
Episode 18
(Saturday, 24 July 2021)
Falz 1 Naomi Mac & Dapo A Million Dreams - Greatest Showman Naomi Mac
Darey 2 Esther & Kpee Duduke - Simi Esther & Kpee
Yemi & Waje 3 Kitay & Eazzie For you - Teni ft Davido Eazzie
Battles color key
      Top 3
      Artist was eliminated
Solos(round two)
Episode Coach Order Artist Song Result
Episode 18
(Saturday, 24 July 2021)
Falz 1 Naomi Mac Excess Love - Mercy Chinwo Eliminated
Darey 2 Kpee Emergency - D'banj Top 3
Waje 3 Eazzie We Are Here - Alicia Keys Top 3
Darey 4 Esther Hello - Adele Top 3
Solos(round three)
Episode Coach Order Artist Song Result
Episode 18
(Saturday, 24 July 2021)
Darey 1 Esther You Raise Me Up Winner
Waje 2 Eazzie Writing's on the Wall - Sam Smith Top 3
Darey 3 Kpee Champion - fireboy Top 3

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Category Result Ref
2021 Net Honours Most Popular Event Nominated [9]

References edit

  1. ^ Banquet, Naija (30 December 2022). "The Voice Nigeria Season 4: Here is All You Need to Know". Naija Banquet. Retrieved 30 December 2022.
  2. ^ "About The Voice | NBC The Voice - Official Casting & Audition Site". Retrieved 12 December 2022.
  3. ^ DSTV The Voice Nigeria home page
  4. ^ The Voice Nigeria - Music reality show premieres on 10 April
  5. ^ "Waje and Yemi Alade Return As Judges For The Third Season Of The Voice Nigeria". okayafricasite. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  6. ^ ‘The Voice Nigeria’ returns with Season 3 bigger, better
  7. ^ "Blind Auditions | The Voice Nigeria Season 3 - YouTube". Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Knockouts | The Voice Nigeria Season 3 - YouTube". Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  9. ^ "Net Honours - The Class of 2021". Nigerian Entertainment Today. Retrieved 7 September 2021.

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