WINNER of the maiden edition of music reality show, The Voice Nigeria, which wrapped up last Sunday, Agharese Emokpae, popularly known as A’rese has declared that “I was not expecting to win the show.” The-voice-winner, A’rese A’rese emerged winner of the competition which started with 47 contestants, after beating the last eight contestants. She was awarded a recording contract, an SUV worth N7 million and a 4-night all-expense paid ticket to Abu Dhabi, courtesy Etihad Airways. “The show is a cut above other singing reality shows. From the moment we started, we knew we were on a different journey and the attention to detail, mentorship by the coaches and the incredible training sessions are unparalleled. At the end of the show I can confidently say that all the contestants showed incredible growth personally and professionally and we are all grateful for the experience, the exposure and the platform,” she added. Describing her victory as overwhelming, A’rese said, “Ï never focused 100 percent on winning the show. It wasn’t the only thing I was looking at during the show.” 25-year-old A’rese, who was mentored by singer Waje, disclosed that she would be releasing her new song in a few weeks from now. The grand finale saw the mentors, Waje, Timi Dakolo, 2face Idibia and Patoranking doing duets with their mentees. Originally launched in 2010, The Voice has won audiences in the US, Australia, South Africa and the UK, where renowned artistes have occupied the show’s famous red chairs as coaches. The recently concluded first season of The Voice Nigeria employed the same format including a panel of four respected coaches, Waje, 2baba, Patoranking and Timi Dakolo.