Evelle, winner of Nigerian Idol 2014

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Nigerian Idol Winner Zibili Evelyn

23-year old Zibili Evelyn Ibhade, who emerged
winner of this year’s edition of Nigerian Idol talent
hunt show, has described her victory as one that
came as a surprise to many, especially as she had
fewer votes from the public, a week to the grand
Evelle defeated her closest rival Odugbemi Idowu
Sarah, a.k.a Eye-D, who many tipped for the prize,
during a spectacular grand finale held last
weekend in Lagos.
By this victory, Evelle became the proud owner of a
Hyundai Four Wheel Drive Sport Utility Vehicle
(SUV), in addition to N7.5 million, an Android
tablet phone, an ipod and a recording deal with
Universal Music Group.
Speaking shortly after announcing her as the
winner, Evelle, amidst tears, dedicated the award to
her mother, who is currently in hospital, having
been involved in an auto crash two weeks ago on
her way to Lagos to witness her daughter’s
“God first, then, my mum; it has to be my mum. I
know this will make her feel much better than she
is feeling right now. My victory came as a surprise
to many, especially because I had fewer votes a
week to the grand finale from the public compared
to the number of votes received by Eye-D.
To actually get more people to vote for me, I went
into my closet and prayed and said to God: I don’t
know how this is going to happen; I am going to
give it my best shot and I want you to help me in
such a way that even those who have been voting
for my opponent will vote for me this time. That
was my prayer, and I am sure that was what
happened,” she added.
Evelle said she has long dreamed of having a car
to mark her birthday and now, God has given her
one. She felt on top of the world as she was
handed the dummy cheque and car keys by the
Director of Consumer Segment, Etisalat Nigeria,
Oluwole Rawa, at the Dreams Studios, Bamako,
Ogba, venue of the show. Evelle is a part-time
singer at the Eko Hotel and Radisson Blu Hotels.

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