Zibili Evelyn Ibhade, aka Evelle could not hide her tears when she was declared winner of this year's edition of Nigerian Idol, after defeating her closest competitor, Odugbemi Idowu Sarah, aka Eye-D, at the grand finale at the weekend.
She was rewarded with a Hyundai Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), in addition to N7.5 million, an Android tablet phone, an ipod and a recording deal with Universal Music Group.
Her joy knew no bounds, as she was handed the dummy cheque and car keys by the Director of Consumer Segment, Etisalat Nigeria, Oluwole Rawa, at the Dreams Studios, in Lagos.
A part-time singer at the Eko Hotel and Radisson Blu Hotels, Evelle who is from a musically-inclined family, amidst tears, dedicated the award to her mother, who is currently in hospital, having been involved in an auto crash two weeks ago on her way to Lagos to witness her daughter's performance.
"…God first, then, my mum; it has to be my mum. I know this will make her feel much better than she is feeling right now," she said.
"To actually get more people to vote for me, I went into my closet when I was praying and said to God: 'I don't know how this is going to happen; I am going to give it my best shot and I want you to help me in such a way that, even those who have been voting for my opponent will vote for me this time. That was my prayer, and I am sure that was what happened," she added.
Evelle is relentless fighter and die-hard fan of Beyoncé, Evelle is a soulful singer that takes her motivation from God and past experiences.