The season two of Arise Nigeria, a musical contest that debuted on Television Continental,Â TVC and Lagos Television, LTV, last year commenced at TVC on Thursday 9 September, 2010.
Arise Nigeria, the brainchild of Lola Sanusy, the Operations Director, TVC, unlike otherÂ musical contests is aimed at projecting Nigeria in a positive light with positive songs.
â€œIn recent times, Nigeria has been tagged with the most uninspiring titles, but throughÂ Arise Nigeria, we will be able to brand Nigeria with the qualities of the potentials sheÂ truly possesses through her diversely endowed citizens, natural resources, rich cultures andÂ flourishing economy,â€ Sanusy explains.
The first show, Sanusy said, will feature 10 contestants from the 20 that qualified for theÂ finals; five of them would be selected using judgesâ€™ notes and audience votes, while theÂ qualified contestants would be announced at the next show after evaluating the judgesâ€™ notesÂ and audience votes. This process will be repeated for the second show leaving 10 contestantsÂ for the semi finals. Five contestants who qualified from the semi final would be presentedÂ at the grand finale.
Using only the votes, the winner, first runner up, second runner up and third runner upÂ would be chosen and announced on the same day. The winning song from the contest will beÂ tagged The Nigerian Patriotic Song of the Year and sang at the Independence Day celebrationÂ yearly.
â€œThrough this project, we also plan to build a library of patriotic songs portraying ourÂ diverse richness. The songs will be made freely accessible to all interested, home andÂ abroad,â€ Sanusy noted.
Sanusy recently relocated to Nigeria after 30 years sojourn in the USA. She is a publisherÂ of the first African-American elite magazine Publiciti which is distributed throughout theÂ United States.