Spirit of Lagos, an initiative dedicated to behavioural transformation in Lagos has appointed a five-man panel of judges to evaluate the various entries for its Theme Song Contest. The appointment of these judges is coming at the heels of the closure of the window for participation in the song contest on Friday.
The panel includes notable music enthusiasts, including Benson Idonije, Nigeria’s foremost music critic and founding manager of Fela’s Koola Lobitos. He is also a regular music reviewer with The Guardian newspaper. Also on the panel are Emeka Nwokedi, a well-known musicologist and music director at the MUSON Centre; Yomi Layinka, a veteran film/TV producer and the media content consultant to the Spirit of Lagos project.
Others are Tosyn Bucknor, a well known musician, blogger and radio personality and Osagie Osarenkhoe who is one of Nigeria’s finest artiste managers, with the likes of Wizkid, Skales, Niyola, Shaydee and BankyW in her portfolio. She is also a co-promoter of a talent hunt show, ‘One Mic Naija’.
Speaking on the choice of judges, Olaniyi Omotoso, Project Director for Spirit of Lagos, assured that the judges will be fair and open in their assignment, as they narrow down the entries to the best five that will be uploaded on the Spirit of Lagos Facebook page for public voting commencing on Monday November 3rd 2014.
“Their track records speak for themselves. These people are veterans who know their onions and have excelled in the industry. We are confident that their judgment will be devoid of any bias as they ensure that the shortlisted songs will align with the overall objective of the Spirit of Lagos campaign”, he said.
On the modalities of the contest, Omotoso, informed that the judges will select the Top Five songs from the entries based on their creativity, originality, message content, balance and blend and overall acceptability.
The contest is one of the platforms set up to engage Lagosians to buy into the campaign by changing their mindset towards their environment, public infrastructure and their fellow man among others.
Omotoso reiterated that the winning theme song must align with the objectives of the Spirit of Lagos’ ‘Change Your Thinking’ campaign which is to restore those unique values that made Lagos a safe, just, prosperous and neighbourly place to live in and visit in the past.
The winner of the contest goes home with a cash prize of N500,000. The song will be professionally recorded and will become the official Theme Song for the spirit of Lagos. The first and second runners-up in the contest will be rewarded with cash prizes of N200, 000 and N100, 000 respectively.