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Abuja National Music Competition

5 Judges
Around the Nation

June 15, 2024.

Bahamas Event Center, Plot 1080, Joseph Gamwal Street, Gudu District, FCT - Abuja.



The purpose of The Abuja National Music Competition is bringing back to the forefront of Nigerian culture the authenticity of genuine music by showcasing unique music performers in Primary / Elementary and Secondary / Senior schools in Nigeria. The Abuja National Music Competition seeks to discover and support young vocalists and instrumentalist who demonstrate excellent mastery of their arts.

The purpose of the Abuja National Music Competition is to enable participants gain exposure onto world-class stage, discover young artists and to promote music education and performance in Nigeria.

The theme “Take the Stage” was developed as an illustration that healthy competition fosters creativity in people. Rewarding children for their time, energy and consistent practice will nurture and enhance their lives. The participants go through a unique experience by taking part in the Abuja National Music Competition: they learn new musical pieces, receive valuable advice from an expert jury made up of leading figures on the music scene, gain recognition for their musicianship, and receive prizes.

Past Judges

One of the most important and unique features of the Abuja National Music Competition is that a panel of judges will assess these group fairly, accurately and give constructive criticism for each performance.


Sammie Okposo Is Not Only a Nigerian Gospel Artist with International Reach., But Also a music producer, psalmist, entertainment consultant And the CEO of Zamar entertainment. His great talent in these aspects of music have aided him in helping to develop and revamp choirs and singing groups.

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Wole Oni

Irewole Samuel Oni, better known by his stage name Wole Oni, he is the United Nations International Ambassador for peace, multi-international Award winning worship leader, music producer extraordinaire, synthesizer, programmer, multi-instrumentalist, scriptwriter, songwriter, director and sound engineer.



Katarina De Brisis (Née Flodén) is a Norwegian Soprano. She has studied with Aase Nordmo- Løvberg at the Norwegian Academy of music, with Susanna Eken, Copenhagen and with Professor Oren Brown, New York. De Brisis has a solid experience as singer and musician, producer, pedagogue and as project manager.

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Dr. Adebowale Oluranti Adeogun

Dr. Adebowale Oluranti Adeogun is a senior lecturer in Music at University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He received his D.Mus. degree in Music Education from University of Pretoria, South Africa. His interests bridge music, education, ethnomusicology, and the arts. He has been working with music history, musical heritage, and musical arts education in Nigeria.


Barbra Maigari

She is a program manager and consultant of partner West Africa, Nigera a lawyer by profession and an accomplished vocalist

Babafemi Ogundipe

Babafemi Ogundipe

He is a Music Instructor at Musical Society of Nigeria

Things you’ll Learn

The Abuja National Music Competition invites talented vocalists and instrumentalists to apply for the first Abuja National Music Competition, taking place on May 25th, 2024, in Abuja, Nigeria.
Please read all rules and guidelines below carefully before you apply. After the application, schools will be invited to compete.

June 15, 2024

Bahamas Event Center,
Plot 1080, Joseph Gamwal Street,
Gudu District,
FCT - Abuja.

Past sponsors


This category will have children from both elementary and secondary schools compete as a group in either vocals or instruments. Performance will not exceed five (5) Minutes. One winner, second and third runner up will emerge. The divisions include:

  • Choral: this will comprise of a minimum of eight (8) and of a maximum of twenty (20) vocalists from primary / elementary or secondary / senior schools compete as a group.
  • Ensemble: this will comprise of a minimum of six (6) and a maximum of fifteen (15) instrumentalists playing at least three (3) or more instruments from primary / elementary and secondary / senior schools. Instruments include, piano, violin, cello, flute, saxophone and trumpet
  • Piano:
  • Saxophone:
  • Senior and Junior Choir:
  • Violin:

This category will have two (2) divisions; (1) Primary / Elementary and (2) Secondary / Senior, one instrumentalist from each division will represent his / her division  respectively in any one of the following musical instruments namely, piano, violin, cello, guitar, flute, saxophone, flute and trumpet. Performance will not exceed three (3) Minutes. One winner, runners-up for each category will emerge

  • 1 Elementary / Junior
  • 2 Secondary / Senior
Abuja National Music competition


  1. The Abuja National Music Competition will be held in Abuja, Nigeria on May 25, 2024
  2. Participants must not have any other professional commitments during the time of the Competition. No exceptions will be allowed.
  3. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation to the venue of competition.
  4. Participants must provide the following people, 1 music director and 2 chaperones
  5. All information contained in this document was correct at the time of publication. However, ANMC reserves the right to make changes if circumstances dictate.
  1. All applications must be completed and submitted to or at 24, Chukwuemeka Ezeife Close, Off Mobolaji Johnson Street, Legislative Quarters, Apo
  2. All applications are due by 06:00 p.m. CAT / GMT-6 on 15, May 2024. No late or partial applications will be accepted
  3. All applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee of N30,000.00 for Category A and N20,000.00 for Category B (see listing for category fee), payable to Bank: Guaranty Trust, A/C Name: Abba Music School, A/C Number: 0211862496
  4. Applications will include:
    1. Registration form
    2. Birth certificate or equivalent proof of age.
    3. 2 High resolution photographs (300 dpi or higher), including one headshot, suitable for publicity purposes.
  5. Applicants should retain copies of all materials sent with their applications. The ANMC body will accept no responsibility for applications not received.
  6. All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and treated as confidential. The ANMC reserves the right to request additional information from or about an applicant. All applicants will be notified by May 20, 2024, whether or not they have been accepted to perform in a screening audition.

Please Note: Participation is on a ‘first-come-first-serve’ basis. Applicants will not be allowed to submit unless all information is complete.

  1.    By completing the official entry form, candidates agree to comply with the ANMC’s rules and conditions, and with the judge’s decisions
  2. Failure to comply with the rules or conditions of participation may result in the contestant’s disqualification, without right of appeal
  3. Competition officials reserve the right to request additional information from any contestant
  4. Contestants may not contact or speak with any member of the panel as long as they continue to compete in the Competition. Any violation of this rule may disqualify the participants.
  5. A piano and drum-set will be provided for the participant(s) performances
  6. The order of appearance of vocalist and instrumentalist on the competition day will be determined by a draw except for reasons of accident, illness, or other unusual circumstances at the discretion of the president of the ANMC. All phases of the Competition will attract a ticket fee, participants will be given two (2) free tickets.
  7. A contestant who is unable to perform at the designated time will be disqualified, unless his or her absence can be justified in advance to the Competition officials, who may, at their discretion, choose to modify the order of appearance of candidates.
  8. Contestants must perform all works from memory and in strict accordance with the required program duration for each round.
  9. There will be two (2) intermissions during each competition day. Each intermissions will be for ten (10) minutes. During these periods participants may leave the hall for water or a convenience break.
  10. Each school is expected to provide two (2) chaperones who will coordinate their contestants during intermissions.
  11. Contestants must agree to be free of all other professional activities during the entire duration of the Competition – from May 19 – May 2o exclusively. In addition, all contestants must be present for the announcement of the second-runner up, first-runner up and winner and the award ceremony. In case of absence, ANMC official should be notified.
  12. Contestant are required to make themselves available for all interviews, videos, and/or promotional meetings relating to the ANMC
  1. All contestant will receive a Certificate of Participation Award. The Abuja National Music Competition winner of the first prize in each category will be published on the homepage of website for at least one year in the section dedicated to winners with photos, biography, interviews and also on related website.
  2. The names of the finalists will be included in the board of the competition together with a photo and brief curriculum vitae on the website.
  3. The prizes and awards specified in the acceptance letter will constitute of only prizes and awards of the Abuja National Music Competition.
  4. Names of winners and runner-ups will be announced at the end of the each competition day, after which prizes and awards will be presented to finalists.