Head-to-Head with Nigerian Artistes At The Headies

14 Oct 2012

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Every year, the Nigerian music industry waits with bated breathe for what will happen at one of its most prestigious and credible reward platform-The Headies, better known as, Hip Hop World Awards. Nseobong  Okon-Ekong reports on some of the new additions at the 2012 edition with the theme-Step into the Spotlight.

Veterans Night
Over the years, the Nigerian music scene and music patriots have been witnesses to the celebration of outstanding performances and talents in the music industry, and can at no point appraise the music industry without paying tribute to exceptional men and women who stepped into the spotlight, broke barriers and carved an excellent niche for themselves.

These great musicians, composers and master instrumentalists, have done Nigeria proud both at local and international scenes, crafting new genres of music and making them popular and acceptable worldwide.  They have been featured at the biggest musical festivals in the world, performed alongside world best musicians and won different local and international awards.

Their constructive lyrics, creative and inspiring music and grand performances across the world over the years have brought the Nigeria Music Industry from obscurity to a place of global relevance.  Their hard work, tenacity and commitment with little or no returns back then have sustained the music industry to this point of international significance.

We need to recognize, appreciate and celebrate these great veterans who, through their exceptional talents, efforts and struggles have brought the Nigeria music industry to a place of honor and esteem.

For each and every edition of the Hip Hop World Awards since inception, the event has been renowned for innovation and breaking new grounds. The 2012 edition of Nigeria’s most credible, authoritative and respected music awards show is following in that trend, introducing a Veteran’s Night as part of activities leading up to the event proper.

The Veterans Night is a black tie event to honour and celebrate our musicians of yesteryears in a very convivial environment with present musicians and other industry personalities. The event will be an evening of music, fun and will see contemporary artistes performing for those who have come before. This build up event will hold at the Grand Ballroom of the Eko Hotel and Suites on October 19. Among the artistes and personalities to be hosted that day include Caleb Olumese, Tony Okoroji, Daniel Wilson, Oritz Wiliki. Chris Okotie, Daddy Fresh, Stella Monye, Baba Fryo, Edi  Lawani, Easy K, Pretty (Junior & Pretty), Fellyx, (Fellyx & Mozzyx), Alex Zitto, Edmund Spice, Ras Kimono, Majek Fishhook, Mandators, Edna Ogoli, Bongos Ike, Unyoke Onwenu, KWAM 1, Mike Okra, Blackky and so many more.
The event promises to be a fun filled celebration.

Help the Children
The Hip Hop World Awards also known as ‘The Headies’ is undoubtedly the biggest and most respected music awards in Nigeria and Africa at large. Dating back to seven years, the annual event has brought to life some the most memorable highlights of Nigerian music, rewarding artistic ingenuity with a price to die for. The Headies is not only about rewarding deserving artistes. Nigeria’s most prestigious awards cares about the society. The award ceremony has been giving back to the society annually as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility philosophy.

In 2009, the Headies Nominees’ party took place at Ajibogun Village in Ogun state. The nominees and the music industry did more than just have a wonderful time they also gave back to the hosts. The Headies erected a bore-hole system for the village so that they could have access to clean water.  In 2011, The Headies took up the Rape Campaign tagged Stop the Violence- (RAPE), a trivial issue, something that posed a huge concern to the feminine gender in Nigeria, Africa and everywhere. The prevalence of sexual violation, assault, and victimization of women against their will in the society couldn’t be overlooked. With the ABSU rape incidence, and many similar occurrences, the award producers involved a couple of female Nigerian acts about the issue, in a bid to sensitize and the public.
This year, 2012, the campaign has taken a new direction and onto something that has its root in Africa. –Chief Editor and Executive producer of the Headies, Ayo Animashaun, has announced this year’s CSR project tagged; Help The Children.

“As we know; capable children are the foundation of a capable and prosperous society. However, social factors like; low food supplies, unclean water, diseases such as malaria, pneumonia, measles, whooping cough, tetanus and tuberculosis are claiming the lives of children in record numbers. As an organization, we have identified the negligence of these children as a major problem to our nation. We believe this class of people will define Nigeria’s tomorrow because they are a significant part of the population” said Ayo Animashaun.
The Help The Children campaign will involve celebrities both in the music industry and Nollywood to donates clothes, and other materials to these kids in need. Other activities to help these kids have also been outlined as part of this year’s corporate social responsibility drive of Headies 2012. For this year’s exercise, this project will be focusing on helping the street kids living in communities such as the Dustbin Estate in Ajegunle and the Makoko  riverine community in Yaba.

Voting Categories
There are Eight voting categories at The Headies 2012 and they include; Artiste of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Music Video, Best Street Hop, Best Pop Single, Best R&B Single, African Artiste of the Year and the coveted Next Rated category which comes with a car prize.

Voting Categories & Nominees

Artiste of the Year        
P-Square, Wizkid, Ice Prince, Naeto C, D’Banj

Song of the Year
Chop My Money – P-Square ft. Akon & May-D, Dami Duro – Davido, Oliver Twist – D’Banj, Gaga Crazy – Chuddy K, Kukere – Iyanya

Best Music Video (Award goes to the director)
5 & 6 (Naeto C) – Clarence Peters, Chop My Money Remix (P-Square) – Jude Okoye, Ara (Brymo) – Aje Filmworks, Kosorombe (Dipp ft. Da Grin) – Mex

Next Rated       
Davido, Eva Alordiah, Praiz, Flowssick,

Best Street Hop
Kako Bi Chicken – Reminisce, Gaga Crazy – Chuddy K, Akpako – Terry G, Roll – Rayce, Mo Street Gan – Erigga

Best Pop Single              
Dami Duro – Davido, Oliver Twist – D’Banj, Gaga Crazy – Chuddy K, Chop My Money – P-Square, Kukere – Iyanya

Best R&B Single
Wande Coal, Stupid Song – Bez, Nawti – Olu Maintain, Soundtrack – MayD, Love Me 3x – Tiwa Savage

African Artist of the Year 
Sarkodie (Ghana) – Azonto, Camp Mulla (Kenya) – Feel No Pain, D-Black (Ghana) – Get On The Dancefloor, Zahara (South Africa) – Loliwe

The Headies 2012 Rookie Competition          
Saeon, YungL, BurnaBoy, SlimT, DammyKrane

Nominees Speak
The 2012 edition of The Headies is billed to hold at the Convention centre of the Eko Hotel&Suites on Saturday October 20.
Some of the nominees expressed their feelings.

I’m honoured I feel special. It’s my first nomination I’m happy . I feel good

The Headies is like the Nigerian Grammys, and I’m really excited because I got nominations on it.

I swear to God men, I never thought I would make that list. At least what I’m doing is being appreciated out there.

Being nominated is enough.

I’ve been looking forward to having one and even if it’s a nomination its my first time, I’m just very excited.
These people actually recognize that there is an ijeoma out there . It’s a huge honour, it’s a huge privilege .

It’s important that someone, at least, recognizes that you’re doing something.

Something is about to go down. I am very happy about it.

It’s one of the most credible awards in Nigeria, I feel blessed so I feel blessed to have a nomination on the Headies.

I ’m here Im glad to be doing this right now.

I hope I win again this year.

We ready, you know what I mean?

I feel humbled.

To be nominated means you are relevant. I

Let the best man win.

Well I was lost for words because when I was listening to the radio and I heard the whole list and my name was not there,  I was like oh “My God”. I just got home and my friends were just saying ‘‘Yo guy you’re part of the Next Rated’’ and I’m like “Waah”!!! It baffled me because last year I was at home sitting down on the chair and this year I was nominated . At an extent I was proud of myself over that I’ve been able to achieve. I was lost for words I can really explain how I felt. I felt good.

Well thank God I believe it’s a starting point for me, My first nomination in the Hip Hop World awards, I believe more hits are coming and I’m getting more awards so I’m very honoured and delighted.

I honestly didn’t see that coming, I thought I was relaxed a lil bit this whole year. Thank God people saw the hard work that we’ve been putting in, I’ve only been in Nigeria recently and to come back home and receive nominations is such a big deal for me. I feel so blessed, I’m honoured especially being nominated for African Artiste of the Year, that’s a big deal, that’s a really big deal. I was nominated in Ghana and I won and this time around  I’m back in Nigeria for that same nomination, so I hope I win this time around.

About The Headies 2012 Hosts: MI, Omawumi
Best-selling singer-songwriter Omawumi Megbele and hip-hop icon Jude ‘M.I’ Abaga have been announced as hosts for the 7th edition of The Headies – Nigeria’s biggest music honours event.

Announcing this today, executive producer Ayo Animashaun says the pair   have been selected in line with the awards’ tradition of picking talented and inspiring entertainers, to front an awards ceremony that parades some of the continent’s biggest entertainers.
“It’s a very important year for us at The Headies, and for the Nigerian music industry in general’, Animashaun, who founded the awards in 2006 says.

“And we found in M.I and Omawumi, two great entertainers who are very passionate about the awards, passionate about their work, passionate about the music business and a great source of inspiration to young, up and coming artistes, because of their peculiar stories climbing up”.

Omawumi, 30, came second on West Africa Idol, in 2007.  Her success on that show provided a strong foundation for her career, and she hasn’t looked back for a minute.

With her debut single  ‘In the music’ released in 2008, she established herself as a talent to court, and a singer whose eyes are on the global stage.

The success of that single, won her the coveted ‘Next Rated’ prize at The Headies in 2009. The award came with a brand new KIA Optima. Omawumi has moved on to become a remarkably successful singer, actor, performer and philanthropist.

Omawumi’s co-host   M.I, has risen from grass to grace, in just about half a decade. And, from a Jos-bred wanna -be, who worked hard to find a niche in the hip hop community, M.I has now become the leading rapper and hip hop ambassador on the continent, with many medals to show for his achievements.

The Chocolate City rapper is a multiple winner at The Headies, with his prizes including Best Rap Album and Revelation of the year (both in 2009). He has won a total of 9 Headies, starting from his first surprise win in 2008.

‘I won my first Headie when no one knew who I was’ M.I says. ‘It was a big leap for me and my career and I can say the same for a lot of my colleagues. Several years after, I’m excited to be here, performing in a very important capacity, along with my very good friend Omawumi’.

“You know one of the things over the years that have been traditionally so great about the Headies awards is the fact that they do two things well. They merge the aspirational aspect of entertainment with the inspirational aspect of entertainment. You take us to the villages, we meet people where they don’t really have water we’ve done that. At the same time you take people to Brazil. A young person can look and be inspired and also aspire too,” he concluded.

Both acts have already been getting together, sharing ideas and fine-tuning concepts, along with The Headies  producers, in anticipation of a great show this year.

‘It’s been fun, fun, fun for me’ Omawumi comments. ‘From the photo shoot to all the meetings, rehearsals, fittings and interviews, I can see that I’m going to have the fun of my life. And I promise this year’s guests will have even more fun. Me and M.I go craze!’.
The Headies 2012 will hold at the Eko Hotel and Suites on Saturday October 20, 2012.

Now in its seventh year, The Headies (also known as Hip Hop World Awards) is Nigeria’s premiere honours event for urbane music and hip hop culture. Produced and presented to match some of the biggest awards shows from around the world, The Headies annually celebrate deserving Nigerian music stars, giving honour to whom it is due, and encouraging many to step up their game in order to enter The prestigious Headies alumni.

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