Nigeria’s Jemiriye Adeniji is parlaying her brief “Nigerian Idol” experience into bigger things – Tola Adenle

Jemiriye Adeniji has parlayed the little opening afforded her by Nigerian Idol to break into the world of showbiz she had always dreamed about. At the pace she is going with her singing career, she may just one day be compared to spectacular America’s Jennifer Hudson who made the finals of American Idol in ’04 only to be booted out to the surprise of many, including Ms. Hudson who once expressed the belief that she was “robbed” of the title.

If Jennifer shed tears in 2004 at the disappointing end to her appearance on the highly-rated and career-enhancing American Idol, those had hardly dried when she made a breakout performance with Dreamgirls two years later, a movie that would garner her an Oscar for Actress in Best Supporting Role at the 2007 Academy Award Ceremonies.

Jemiriye has no reason to look back or wonder why she lost at the Nigerian Idol competition. It was a good experience for her, and she must take it as one of those bumps that she can learn from.

Since my last posting on her Vegas debut during the Christmas season, she’s not stopped moving forward. Below is a link to her interview with BBC Focus on Africa recently from


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2 Comments on “Nigeria’s Jemiriye Adeniji is parlaying her brief “Nigerian Idol” experience into bigger things – Tola Adenle”

  1. Timothy Otunla Says:

    E dari ji mi ,pe mo fi ete sile mo npa. lapalapa. Kini a ma se, Kini a le se,ki lo ye ki a se nipa wahala ti eyin obirin wa aiye isinyin se pelu okun ijara orisirisi, irun onirun ati gbogbo panti ti e nwe mo ori,papa ninu ooru ti a wa… (.panti,idoti,ori gbigba, ori hiho ninu ooru,)ki e le ni irun to jo irun eranko ti awon oyinbo ni. Aanu wa nse mi fun iwa aito enia yi,pelu inawo ati inara ti asa yi nko yin si. O se! tao

    Sent from my iPad




    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Mr. Tao,

      Thanks for your observation and care about, and for our people, our culture. I do not agree that your comments are irrelevant to what the subject calls for. It is very important that comments are expressed so that every angle of a subject is seen. After all, I personally have gone through all the gamut although at each stage, keeping my hair completely [sort of] under wrap – gele or hair accessories – was never a choice.

      I think we women are basically very different from men – a fact you, perhaps, know more than I do. Generally, MOST women – all races – take wigs, attachments, et cetera as accessories like jewelries. Personally, I wear my hair just as I wear wigs and those who see me often know this.

      These days even for people with naturally horse-hair types (as many African males see oyinbo hair), I am amazed to find them wear humongous hair attachments that many look like lionesses, pardon me. It is a matter of choices about which I leave everyone to make theirs.

      You have my regards, as always.



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