It was an atmosphere of excitement over the weekend at the Kakanfo Inn & Conference Centre, Ibadan, as hundreds of Nigerian youths auditioned for a spot in the on-going Etisalat-Sponsored Nigerian Idol Season 5.
The auditions train which has made stops in Abuja, Benin and Port-Harcourt, had an overflow of anxious and expectant youths in Ibadan all ready to meet with the judging trio of Yinka Davies, Darey Art-Alade and Dede Mabiaku.
According to Manager, Sponsorships Etisalat Nigeria, Orah Egwu, the massive turn-out at the Kankanfo centre, attests to the widely held notion in the music industry that the industry is set for a boom. 
“I must confess that Ibadan City didn’t disappoint the Nigerian Idol team, despite the fact that this is our first time of coming to audition in the city since the beginning of the show in 2010. I can see that this year, there will be a challenge as to who leaves or stays on the show, because we have seen young great talents coming out to participate in this season’s audition.” Orah said.

One of the participants who got a golden ticket from the judges, Somtochukwu Obinna, a graduate of Business Administration from the Oduduwa University, said “I am happy at this opportunity and I am ready to take it as an opportunity to achieve my dream of becoming the next music superstar in African.”
The last leg of the auditions is scheduled to take place at the Dream Studio, Omole Phase 1, Lagos, from 7th – 9th February, 2015.