A'rese Emokpae "The Voice Nigeria" winner talks choosing Waje as coach, best performance, winning

"Did I think I would win? No. When I first went to the competition, winning wasn't really my top priority" - A'rese.

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The Voice Nigeria winner, Agharese Emokpae, was recently a guest at Pulse Nigeria, where she spoke on her blind audition, winning the competition, and her future plans.

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Arese Emokpae rocking the mic on stage.

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According to A'rese, who was coached by the talented Waje, Waje was the last to turn around. She also revealed that she had almost given up at that time.

Read excerpts from interview and watch video below.

On blind audition:

Waje was the last to turn around. But I think I had almost given up at that time. I remember feeling relieved when Timi turned around. He was the first one, and I was like "well, at least I'm in the show. Even if it's not Waje, two great coaches have turned around."

And I sang my last note, and finally her chair turned around, and I remember in my head I was like "yes! It's done, I can start the journey."

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Arese Emokpae, Waje and others

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On her best performance:

The 'Palava' was my favourite performance, my best performance, it was just like turning point for me. It's one that I would never forget.

I won't forget any of them,  but that one has a special place in my heart.

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Arese Emokpae, the winner of the inaugural edition of The Voice Nigeria.

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On thinking she would win the competition:

Did I think I would win? No. When I first went to the competition, winning wasn't really my top priority. For me it was about the experience. I knew it was going to be the best thing I have ever done, and I knew I was going to learn a lot. So I said to myself 'go in, try, see what happens, and learn as much as you can for as long as you can. But then I was there to the end.

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A'rese

 

On what next:

Now that the voice has happened, my plan is to start making music. I have already started making music, I'm in the studio as we speak. I'm working on releasing music as soon as it is cooked.

I hope to be able to blend all the parts of myself into one happy career. I still want to keep the stage element. I still want to keep the musical theatre element even in my own music. The sky is the limit. I feel like never say never.

You never know what may come along or where I might end up. But for now, it is music.

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A'rese performing at third rounds of The Voice Nigeria Live Shows

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She also spoke on the most dramatic thing that happened she experienced on show as a contestant, recognition since her win, and what it was like being coached by Waje.

The 28-year-old who has been doing music theatre ever since she graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2010, also spoke on being a stage actress, acting in film, among other interesting topics.

On July 31, 2016, A'rese emerged the winner of the first edition of "The Voice" reality show in Nigeria.

A'rese performed a  rendition of Adele's Skyfall which got three turns. She chose Waje as her coach.

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