It was jubilation galore in Bayelsa State, as men, women, children and particularly, youths, stormed the streets to celebrate Daniel Diangoli, aka Idyl, winner of the just-concluded The Voice Nigeria talent show.
The budding singer, Sunday, emerged winner of the Second Season of the talent reality show, which took place in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Immediately he was announced winner, Bayelsa erupted in jubilation, as youths took over the streets, bars and other public places to drink and dance to the victory. Clubs were said to be congested as Idyl united everybody despite their different political affiliations.
In celebrating the artiste, Chief John Alphonsus Iworiso, Director of Robert Sunday Iworiso Foundation (RSIF) a Non-Governmental Organization, said that Idyl has made the Ijaw nation proud.
In a statement, Iworiso said the emergence of Idyl, as winner of the keenly contested competition, is proof of the true spirit of Bayelsans. He observed that Idyl had also taken that path as he showed strength of character on his way to stardom.
“This is not the first time individuals and groups will be making the state proud. Few months ago, Perewari Victor Pere bagged a first class and was the best graduating student of his set at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, USA. We have also witnessed the success story of our students in external exam. In WAEC and NECO we are ranked among the best five.
“As it is in music and education so it is in other fields. Students of St. Jude’s girls Amarata have won back-to-back for four years running now, the Milo basketball competition among other laurels. Also, the state cultural troupe has brought home different national and international awards,” he said.
Also, the Bayelsa State Government said the victory of Idyl was a confirmation that Bayelsa was not a place of militancy. Describing the victory as a welcome development, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Jonathan Obuebite, congratulated Idyl for being a morale booster for other teeming youths in the state.
He said the young man, with his scintillating performance had shown to the world that Bayelsa should never be classified as a hub of militant activities.