by Damilola Jagun
All good things come to an end and so it was with the first season of Game On, the Malta Guinness-powered reality series to find Naijas’true passion.
The thrilling show kicked off with an opening round of jokes and banter by humour merchants, Owen Gee and Lepacious Bose who after getting the audience in stitches handed over to another king of comedy Gordons, the official; host of the night.
Lanre and Amokachi for the final time had the opportunity to defend their passions in one minute before a recap of memories of the contestants in the house and on tasks.
Without much ado the run way was lit and came to life with the fashion team putting their best foot forward to present an amazing show on this grand finale, the football team wouldn’t be left behind as they blew the audience away with a football inspired dance piece so good musician Waje couldn’t but score them a 8 over ten when asked what she thought of their performance. Noble Igwe rooting for the fashion team believed they scored 9/10. Mind-blowing performances by delectable R&B songstress,
Niyola and Alobam crooner, Phyno got the entire audience rising to their feet, singing and dancing along and breaking into applause for the rapper when he was done.
The moment of truth came and Naijas true passion was finally unveiled as Olumide Ajibolade was declared final winner over Henrietta with Team Football winning 52% of the votes to Team Fashion’s 48% in the outcome of voting by Nigerians on Facebook and by SMSes across the nation.
Shocked Olumide broke into prayers as he beamed with joy and called his family to break the news in 6 words “tell them say I don win”, the crowd erupted into laughter and applause.
Uche Onwudiwe, the Marketing Manager of Malta Guinness said “we are glad to have been the umpires in finding Naijas true passion. People have always assumed it was football and really the fashion industry is an exciting one plus they gave a good fight on this one but football came out tops with a narrow margin.
However, whichever passion it was, the Malta Guinness brand purpose is all about helping the everyday Nigerians get ready for that big break that is all around us either by nourishing them with goodness and vitality or helping them with rare opportunities like this one”.
Reacting to his win of the grand prize which is a trip to England for a series of trainings and coaching classes and a sum of two million Naira cash, Olumide said they say Malta Guinness fuels the passion of Naija, I am a testimony! Our lifes are changed forever and I am deeply grateful to Malta Guinness, my team captain Daniel Amokachi, our rival captain Mrs Lanre Da Silva, all other contestants and the almighty God.
Celebrating the win on this grand night with the contestants were a list of celebrities that includes football legend, Taribo West; Rapper Phyno, songstress and vocalist, Waje and Omawumi; media personalities Joseph Benjamin, Adams Ibrahim and Noble Igwe , DJ Xclusive, amongst others.
By the win, Nigerians have shown that football is the superior passion in the country and Malta Guinness has helped to fuel the passion of Coach Olumide Ajibolade.