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Headies 2018 winner list: Those that deserve some accolades



Headies 2018 Host, Bovi and Seyi Shay

After a break in 2017, the most important award show in Nigerian music is back to regular scheduled programming.It’s Headies season 2018! The academy released their perennially contentious nominee list last week and reactions have been pouring in.

For those who question whether the award ceremony still carries any of its historic significance, the proof was in the rants of displeased artists who felt left out and were just short of pulling a Charles Okocha and screaming: “We deserve some accolades”, with their fans and handlers as their hype men.

In my opinion, however, this year’s list was one of the better put-together lists in the 12 editions of the award show. But there were still some oversights, mostly around technicalities.

For instance, being that the Headies didn’t hold in 2017, the year in review was understandably extended to 18 months: July 2016 – December 2017.

But even though an album like BrymO’s Klîtóris and singles like Timaya’s “Dance” and Nonso Amadi’s “Tonight” were released outside the window, they were still considered for nomination.

Also, “Next Rated” is arguably the most hotly-contested category, so I believe the rules need to evolve to reflect the way many music projects are released nowadays.

In an era where newer artists increasingly use EPs, mixtapes and playlists to introduce themselves to their audience, having a full-length album alone may not be the best metric to determine who doesn’t belong in this category.

In the future, we’ll see more and more new artists like Maleek Berry, who technically doesn’t have an album out but has an album’s worth of music contained in 2 EP’s, going head-to-head with “tear-rubber” artists and complicating the field.

With that said, these are my predictions on how the night will go:

Best Recording Of The Year: “Ponmile” by Reminisce – Great song, even better message. Reminisce showed he’s more than just an accomplished MC.

Best Pop Single: “If” by Davido – Helped to propel the pon-pon wave and breathe new life into Davido’s career.

Best Producer: “Maradona, Come Closer” by Sarz – Sarz helped provide the soundbed for Niniola’s trademark Afro-house sound and produced one of the

biggest songs of the past year, internationally.

Best Reggae/Dancehall Single: “Come Closer” by Wizkid – A Drake feature, millions of streams and positions on international charts.

Best Rap Album: “The Playmaker” by Phyno – The right mix of pop records, street anthems and straight-up bars!

Best R&B/Pop Album: “Simisola” by Simi – Sweet voice, girl-next-door charm, crossover appeal and highlife nostalgia, Simisola was a near-perfect record.

Best Music Video: “Been Calling” by Maleek Berry – A thematic music video with an actual storyline. But being that this is actually a voting category, a more popular artist will probably win.

Best R&B Single: “Tonight” by Nonso Amadi – From SoundCloud to the mainstream, “Tonight” was in the top 20 most played songs of 2017.

Best Collabo: “Juice” by Ycee (ft. Maleek Berry) – One of the songs that announced Maleek as the go-to guy for features and re-introduced Mr. Jagaban.

Best Rap Single: “You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives” by MI – The most important rap song of recent times. Period.

Best Vocal Performance (Male): “Love U Baby” by Banky W – The compelling soundtrack to arguably the biggest love story of the past year

Best Vocal Performance (Female): “Butterflies” by Omawumi – Searing performance from an elite vocalist who was more concerned with critical-acclaim than commercial acceptance on this go-around.

Next Rated: Maleek Berry – Maleek’s growth has been phenomenal, but being that this is actually a voting category, Mayorkun could steal this, especially if Davido puts his considerable weight behind him.

Hip-hop World Revelation: Adekunle Gold – Adekunle continues to flourish even after leaving YBNL. He also dropped one of the most impressive and unique
debut albums in recent times.

Lyricist On The Roll: “Industry Nite” By Erigga – Expertly-told stories about the harsh realities of the music business, from the perspective of an up-and-comer.

Best Street Hop Artist: “Penalty” by Small Doctor – Small Doctor created a new bridge between the streets and the mainstream that allowed shaku shaku and other waves to cross over.

Best Alternative Song: – Confused by what “alternative” means, I’ll let the voters decide.

Album Of The Year: “Simisola” by Simi – In time, we might call the album a classic.

Artist Of The Year: Davido – The comeback kid produced hit after hit, completed the highly successful 30 Billion tour and launched the careers of artists on his label.

Song Of The Year: “If” By Davido – The most played song on Nigerian radio in 2017.

African Artiste: Sarkodie – For remaining one of the most sought-after guest features in African music for 10-plus years, Sarkodie deserves some accolades. But based on recent form, Nasty C has a good chance.

Headies Viewer’s Choice – Will let the viewers decide, this is clearly based on popularity.

Best Performer – Flavour mixes sex appeal with vibrancy on the stage, and ups the ante with his live band.

Rookie Of The Year – Will let the voters decide, although I’m somewhat disappointed that no artist from the so-called SoundCloud generation was nominated.

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Nigeria stands still for BBNaija auditions




Nigeria stands still for BBNaija auditions

AUDITIONS for the fourth edition of Big Brother Naija which held over the weekend in eight different cities experienced a huge turnout.

Thousands of young people flooded the venues with hopes of being chosen as housemates in the Big Brother Naija House competing for the ultimate prize.

And while other venues like Abuja, Benin, Calabar, Enugu, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, and Warri had a manageable crowd, that of Lagos was off the roof with estimated figures of attendees put at 6, 000 on Friday, the first day of the audition.

The remaining seven venues hosted about 13,000 participants. Many have compared the audition crowd to typical carnivals and other religious concerts.

In Lagos, a BBN hopeful, Thompson Alade, proposed to another hopeful,  Jessica Arowolo, to marry him.

Interestingly, Thompson met her at the audition. There were shouts of jubilation as fellow contestants took pictures and videos of the proposal. Jessica who hopes to get into the Big Brother Naija house so she can showcase her business to the world is a cosmetologist who produces skin care products while Thompson is an aspiring musician.

According to a release from representatives of the organizers, MultiChoice Nigeria anticipated the turnout and arranged private security men, police officers and LASTMA officials, who were on ground to coordinate vehicular traffic and medical personnel were also present to manage any issues that may arise.

However, the situation on ground proved to be different at the Lagos audition centre, D Podium Event Centre, Ikeja, on Friday.

A participant, Adeniyi Adewoyin, arrived at the venue as early by 5am but it was not till about 6pm he auditioned. He noted that aside pushing and shoving, people were scaling fences to get entrance into the venue, adding that some miscreants also used the commotion to rob others. He also said people sustained injuries in the process.

“I saw two girls who was injured,” he said.

“The whole place was just crazy. And it would have been better if the organisers had prepared for it. I didn’t see any ambulance.”

This is similar to what another attendee posted on Facebook.

Signing the post as Ivan The Terrible, the writer talked of how the crowd was uncontrollable and people resorted to pushing and shoving with several people being trampled on in ensuing melee. The writer also narrated how she saved a participant by rushing him to Lagoon Hospital, also in Ikeja.

“A guy was lying on the side of the road in just underpants matted in wet sand, filth and an oddly angled right arm,” she wrote.

“He was frothing from his mouth in near throes of death and breathing laboriously.

Audition contestants were standing around gisting and laughing–paying no heed to the dying guy lying right before them.”

According to her, she gathered that: “(1) He had fallen from the high fence while trying to scale, dislocated his right arm and had a near fatal seizure. (2) He had immediately been so trampled by a horde of boots against the broken metal barricade; that his entire clothes had been torn beyond recognition–and so they had to be peeled off his body and stacked in a messy heap close-by while his near-lifeless body was  dragged across the road and deposited beside the gutter. (3) His both I-phones had been stolen, plus his wallet, credit cards, international passport with Dublin and Canada Visas.”

She also said that while she was at the hospital, she learnt others were affected in the melee.


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Popular Actress, Funmilayo Ogunsola Ijewuru Suffers Heart Attack, Dies In Ibadan




Popular Actress, Funmilayo Ogunsola Ijewuru Suffers Heart Attack, Dies In Ibadan

Veteran Nollywood actress of the Yoruba movies genre Funmilayo Ogunsola popularly called Ijewuru has died in Ibadan, Oyo State yesterday.

late Funmilayo Ogunsola was one of the wives of the late “I show Pepper”. According to reports, she died of heart attack on Monday morning, February 4th 2019 at her residence in Ibadan.

5c58db51bbeb1The news of her death was broken by one of her children Adebisi Olasumbo Ogunsola on Facebook:

I never thought I’d ever use these pictures to say RIP to you ma but who am I to question you, God?. Mother like you is scarce.

A very good, prayerful, and friendly mother to all. We (Ogunsola Isho Pepper) are all going to miss you Grandma Ogunsola Funmilayo Iya Ijewuru. May God forgive you of all your shortcomings🙏 😭😢😵😷 and grant you eternal rest🙏. Rest on the Bossom of our Lord Christ till we meet and part no more.


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Di’Ja exposes a societal dysfunction that is failing Nigerian kids




Di’Ja exposes a societal dysfunction that is failing Nigerian kids

The protection of children has become a contemporary issue in Nigeria from where Mavin Records singer Di’Ja is bringing attention to the age of consent subject.

On Sunday, February 3, 2019, she puts up a piece from a research that confirms 11, to be the accepted legal age to attain before an individual can give approval for sexual activity.

When this has been violated, that is, when sexual interaction between an older person and a child who is 10 years old and below has taken place, only then is it statutory rape according to the law.

Di’Ja is concerned about this because it could mean harming the future. New trends have overtaken old values making them totally obsolete but Nigeria seems to be lagging behind farther than most.

Currently, it is rated as the nation with the lowest age of consent bracket in the world set at 11. In the Middle Eastern Kingdom of Bahrain, the age of consent is 21 — almost double the number in Nigeria.

“This isn’t a fight against religion, tribe, gender but a redirection of our energies and thought processes to protect the ones that birth your nation.

“If children become psychologically, physically and emotionally damaged before a certain age all you will have are adults with suppressed memories of abuse, which lead to psychological mind ware-fare,” the singer counsels from her IG.

Marriage without consent

Child marriage can also be concerning. The move to marry an older man is not likely a decision a 15-year-old girl will be so eager to make.

In Anambra State, a girl of this age named Chinwe was the topic of a social media campaign #RetrieveChinwe started to deliver her from an arranged marriage her family supported.

It was to be a union between her and a 56-year-old Izuchukwu Igwilo, who reportedly has Down Syndrome.

The distasteful thought of such marriage ensured the intervention of a Nigerian Lawyer and human rights activist, Prince Gwamnishu Emefiele Harrison who was able to fulfill a vow to save young Chinwe from a marriage she gave no consent to.

Pulse has analysed that there is a conflicting interpretation when it concerns the principles that have been laid down to determine legitimate marriages. It is a job for legislators making sure that the Nigerian laws are able to reflect the ideals of humanity.

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