Meet Mo Adeniran, The 2017 Winner Of 'The Voice UK'
Six seasons in and The Voice UK might have just crowned their most gifted singer yet, 21-year-old British-Nigerian, Mo Adeniran.
Adeniran, who worked night shifts at a hotel prior to The Voice, came to the show determined to make his mark as an artiste – and we couldn't be happier that he did.
He beat out the other finalists on Sunday, April 2, with his second rendition of Paolo Nutini's "Iron Sky", which he first performed at the blind auditions; landing himself a coveted four-chair turn and picking Oscar and Grammy-winner Jennifer Hudson as his coach – a choice that clearly paid off.
Overcoming a rocky childhood
In an interview with the Daily Star UK, Adeniran, who was born to Nigerian parents, revealed that he was adopted into a new family when he was three years old. Five years later he had to be taken away again after it was discovered that his adoptive mother was abusive.
He was then placed back into social services and the abuse he suffered as a child led him to go off the rails as a teen. Adeniran said he eventually turned his life around with the help of his friends:
"You can sit wallowing in self pity or you can get on with it. I forgive my adoptive mum for what happened. We all make mistakes."
Now, with a Polydor record deal and a growing fanbase understandably obsessed with his massive talent, we can't wait to see what Adeniran does next.
By Daniel Orubo, published on 05/04/2017