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Against popular expectations, Edo State-born Portia Yamahan, last weekend emerged the winner of this year’s edition of Next Movie Star.
Against popular expectations, Edo State-born Portia Yamahan, last weekend emerged the winner of this year’s edition of Next Movie Star. Portia, who trailed law graduate Barbara early in the show, suddenly shot to the top in the on-line voting system and held on tightly until she was announced winner by the panel of judges.
For her effort, the 23-year-old Portia, who holds a diploma in Banking and Finance smiled home with a brand new Kia Rio, N200, 000 cash prize, three movie contracts and other mouth-watering prizes
Closely following on her heels was Plateau State-born Chuwang Pam Kevin who emerged as the first runner-up while Barbara Okojie emerged second runner-up.
The month-long show was full of fun and pomp. On hand to announce the winners were bigwigs in Nollywood. Madu .C. Chikwendu and Fidelis Duker, president of Directors Guild of Nigeria, whose presence added colour to the tension soaked atmosphere.
It was however, not a win-win affair. Other housemates who won awards in other categories also went away with attractive prizes. Each winner in the different categories won a brand new Haier Thermocool DVD player.
For the winners, the journey towards stardom has just taken off. In a chat with Showbiznow, Portia said she is determined to get to the top in nollywood.
The organizer of the show, Sola Fajobi, said he was happy the show was successful. Tracing the history of the show, he said the idea started in Ghana in 2004. It, however, did not kick off until a year later in Nigeria.
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