At the conclusion of a fiercely contested music session at the third Edition of the Battle of the Sounds, themed “Fierce Edition,” which began on November 5 and concluded on Sunday, November 27, 2022, at the Hennessy Basketball Court in Festac town, Lagos, a total of N1 million in prize money was awarded.
The prize money was divided among three nations of 15 finalists who emerged from over 40 contestants for the eight nations that participated in the music competition, with the Red Mercuries earning 115 points of combined judges coins and fan coins to emerge as the overall winning nation and take home the N400,000 grand prize.
Uranus 77, the first runner-up nation, won N200,000 with a total of 104 coins, while Jupiter Clique, the second runner-up nation, won N100,000 with a total of 101 coins. Individual warriors who won first place in their respective music genres received additional prizes. Wale Ogundiran (Walexey), Shola Hamzat (Sholly-B), John Akinfolurin (Mistabouncy), and Nosiru Talabi (Lucky Vibe) were the best in afropop, fuji, reggae, and rap, respectively, and the first runner-ups in the same categories were Olaoluwa Folakan (Eizzy Boi), Afeez Adesiyan (Feez4), Anthonia Philip (Linezy), and Johnson Oseh (Youngcrez).
Other prizes included Hive Records music recording deals for Mistabouncy and Titilola Odunigba (Titi), recording deals from The Golden Prince Production, Perf perf Sounds, Indomix Records sound mixing deals, and free collaboration deals from Faze, GT da Guitarman, and K-Peace.
Mr. Oluwaseun Ayeni, the chief convener and CEO of Bizzybody, spoke during the prize money presentation and congratulated all finalists on reaching this stage of the competition. He reiterated the organization’s commitment to doing everything possible to help aspiring artists succeed. “After the competition,” he says, “all individual bests would receive a music production deal as well as possible features of celebrity artistes on their choice music project.” Our expectation is that we will assist in launching their music career and that they will soar from there. So, based on our experiences, I can tell you that a lot of iron has been ignited. All that is left is to unleash the talents, skills, and showmanship that will result in a new entertainment economy for Nigeria.”
Participants described the one-month music festival as a huge success, with topics on social awareness such as the “japa syndrome versus staying back to fix our country,” money versus love in a relationship, and other trending social issues.
Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, the Lagos State Head of Service, who was ably represented by Mr. Idowu Johnson, the CEO of the Lagos State Council of Arts and Culture, delivered a goodwill message, Faze of Platashun Boiz fame, ace sound engineer; Indomix, award-winning song writer; GT da Guitarman, K-Peace of Nigerian Idol fame, celebrity disc jockey; DJ-Fresh, Sammy-Jay the Hip-hop head, Solosoundz, Oga jojo, and others were among the other notable guests.
‘We are happy about the presence and participation of the Lagos state government, because it not only raises the profile of the event, but it also provides an excellent opportunity for its inclusion in the state’s tourism calendar as well as possible material technical and logistical support of the state government,’ said Ms Oluwaseyi Halima Adebanjo, co-convener of the 2022 edition of the Battle of the Sounds.