by Isi Esene
The Expo Centre of the Eko Hotel and Suites hosted the grand-finale of Maltina Dance All family reality show sponsored by Maltina, a premium malt brand from the stable of Nigerian Breweries Plc. The reality show saw five families jostling for the N6 million grand prize of the foremost family reality show in the country.
After a stiff and grueling competition, the Green family won the grand prize and a brand new Toyota Avensis car. In their dance to fortune, the Greens held the large crowd who witnessed the show spellbound earning a loud ovation after they were announced winners of the competition.
They were presented with a cheque and the key to their car by the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, who was the special guest of honour at the grand finale.
The Green family alongside the Efiokwu, Boyle, Zibe and Eghove families gave their last performance to thrill the audience and boost their votes. The Green family however emerged winners after garnering the largest votes, while Efiokwu and Eghove families emerged first and second runners taking home N1million and N500,000 respectively.
Ibiba Green, the family representative, could not hide her tears of joy as she gave thanks to God for making it possible for her family to be crowned winners. Also, Mrs. Telema Green, the mother, expressed her joy and gratitude for being winners. She sang praises to God for making her family champions. She disclosed that the money would be used to further the education of all her children.
Speaking at the event, Nicolaas Verlvede, Managing Director, Nigeria Breweries Plc said, “It was a fantastic event. All five families really did an outstanding job. They gave great performances and great entertainment”.
He promised that the Season 7 of the family reality show would be even more captivating.
The evening started with the Zibe family performing to the song of eight time Grammy award winning artiste Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain”. Next on stage was the Green family who exhibited sublime dancing skills when they danced to the music of Ice-Prince.
The Eghove family thrilled the audience with a performance of popular Ghanaian dance style ‘Azonto’. The Boyle family certainly had every reason to be grateful to God for bringing their family this far in the competition; thus, they gave a wonderful dance performance of Lara George’s ‘Ijoba Orun’ song.
The Efiokwu family was the last on stage, they danced to P-Square’s club banger ‘Chop My Money’ to a wide applause from the audience.
After a scintillating and highly explosive performance from the five families, the audience waited in anticipation to know which of them would emerge winner of the N6m cash prize and brand new car.
The Green family was later pronounced winner of MDA 6 with the Zibe and Boyle families taking fourth and fifth respectively after the Efiokwu and Eghove families who took second and third.
Janell Burgess, one of the judges in the elimination stage, said “I am so proud of all the families that performed tonight. They embodied what we really cherish here in Maltina which is family unity. One thing so special about Nigeria is that its peoples really value and appreciate family. Here in Maltina, we promote family unity and dance as an art. I’m so pleased with the progression of Maltina with the MDA, it has shown that dance is a living and breathing profession that can serve as a unifying factor in society and can also be adopted as a profession by the families.”
She stated that over the years, there has always been a tremendous improvement each year in the dance performances of the families because, according to her: “Dancing is an ongoing process, Maltina created the MDA Academy to teach families more about the art of dancing, the way to move and adjust their bodies to different types of music. We basically educate them on dance styles and patterns, so every year; it is only going to get better as the education also gets stronger”.
See photos of the grand finale below:
The families go on stage for the grand finale:
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