The MTN Project Fame West Africa kicked off with pomp and pageantry at the opening gala night where the ‘Top 18′ contestants performed to know the 14 that would make it to the academy. At the end of the night, 14 of the contestants who satisfied the judges made it to the house. Below is a short profile of the top 14 that made it to the season 8 edition of the show.
1. Olanma Pearl Awa-Agwu is a 21 year old graduate of Foreign Languages from the University of Nigeria, NSUKKA.
2. Richie Tay ia a Nigerian-born Ghanian who lives in Accra
3. Amma Korantema Kumi: 26 year old Kumi has a BSc in Entomology and Wild Life from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
4. Joy Chukwuma: The 22 year-old graduate of Public Administration from Madonna University is currently a Youth corps member in Rivers State where she auditioned for the competition.
5. Deinde Okubajo studied Business Management at the University of Leicester.
6. Tejiri Odjighoro: She is a first class Electrical Electronics Engineering graduate of Afe Babalola University.
7. Jeffrey Ufedo Akor, is a Sound Engineering graduate from the SAE Institute, Cape Town.
8. Adanoritsewo Gold Tosanwumi is a Sociology graduate of Delta State University.
9. Stephen Sackitey Biko has shared he stage with Lauryn Hill as a backup singer. He is a student of the University of Ghana.
10. Funmilayo Comfort Arewa: 24 year old Arewa is a Lagos State University alumnus.
11. Emmanuel Amos Anderson: Anderson is 21 years old and currently studying International Relations at IRGIB Africa University, Cotonou.
12. Deborah Ohiri: She is a student of the National Open University of Nigeria
13: Chike Osebuka Ezekpeazu: This 22-year old music enthusiast is a graduate of Computer Engineering from Covenant University, Ogun State, Nigeria.
14. Jennifer Chioma Amadi: She is an 18-year-old school leaver seeking admission into the university.