Headies 2014: Full Report and List of winners

This year the Headies was set to take place, Sunday December 14, 2014 at 8 PM. However, the show did not start until 11:42 PM, Nigerian time and ended past 4 AM. Honestly, I do not even know where to start. I expected a lot more from the Headies. The promotion was much better than the actual show.  I mean we expected African time, but you guys barely missed December 14. Throughout the entire show there were guest walking around the front of the stage, talking, and carrying on.But, let me just leave that alone.  Twitter nonetheless was more than amusing, actually it was hilarious. Twitter has no chill or cut cards.

The audio and visual production, was certainly not the best. The lighting was poor, and even when they focused on the crowd you could not see them at most times. Question, I have is.. Why are the crowds always so dry at Nigerian award shows? Nobody forced you to come, so why are you acting like  it’s by force. Live a little or stay at home. Christ.

 

Pre-Show

The pre-show consisted of live red-carpet interviews, video footage from the heads photo shoots, and random music videos. At a certain point, I honestly doubted this show was even going to take place.

 

Show:

Cynthia Morgan was probably the first entertaining performance. She was just like a boss with the ceo-dancers behind her. Tiwa Savage twerked on Patoranking during her performance, which raised many eyebrows, considering she’s married. But hey, it was just a performance! K-Cee came out with police officers and wheel barrows and a live band, which was pretty entertaining. Oritse Femi, snuck in a performance that livened up the entire auditorium… even though he was just supposed to accept his awards. Olamide dedicates award to Lil Kesh says he’s the Rookie of the year! He also said some “Fxck dis shxt”. He clearly did not send for this award show. We heard Jesse Jagz allegedly left and said he didn’t have time for the headies this year. But, that was quickly proven false when he collected his award. Wizkid didn’t even bother showing up to the show, and just like that he did not receive a single award either. Apparently last year he said, “Fxck the headies”, and maybe they felt some type of way about this.

Patoranking won next rated artist and gave a very heartfelt speech about how he came from rags to riches, as a former brick layer and rat poison seller. Twitter quickly took to the timeline to bash Orezi and Skales. These two artist have been in the game for awhile, so the fact that they would insult them by putting them in this category and they still did NOT win.. is nothing less than embarrasing. Their next years will be better though. Headies, overall need to hire a new video production crew, because they were COMPLETELY OFF. However, some of the live attendees disagreed and said it wasn’t as bad as twitter and everyone watching from their live feed thought it was. Sips tea…it was bad. Wizkid

Quick question… why don’t our naija artist like performing live?! Like why are you guys obviously lip syncing or shouting on top of a track. It makes fans question whether these artist are actually talented or is it all just auto tune? Do better. Shoutout to Davido, Oritse Femi and Yemi Alade for actually singing live.

Oh, and did y’all hear Davido shout out his gf? We heard you Davido. Salute. We still want to see pictures to confirm. Perhaps it was the lady in white sitting next to him. Time will tell abi.

Lastly, at 4:18 AM, Nigerian time, P-Square came onto the stage to an almost empty house. Which was sad, due to the poor timing of the award show. However, they are the only performance that completely wowed me and basically everyone. Great execution, live performance, choreographed and the transitions were even on point! Legends showing them how it’s really done.

 

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Host:

Basketmouth & Toke Makinwa looked absolutely amazing. Although it took awhile to get the welcome tag line together, they were hilarious throughout and entertaining none-the less.

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Performance Ratings:

  • Below we have the ratings of each artist and their performances at The Headies 2014. 5 being the highest and 0, obviously the lowest.

Reekado Banks (2/5)

SOE (3/5)

Harry Songz (3.2/5)

Nikki (3.5/5)

Cynthia Morgan (4/5)

Skales (3.5/5)

K-Cee (3/5)

Oritse Femi (4/5) SURPRISE PERFORMANCE.

Patoranking & Tiwa Savage (4.5/5)

Timi Dakolo (5/5)

Runtown (2/5)

RunTown, Wizzy Pro, Skales, Patoranking (3/5)

Yemi Alaade (3/5)

Dr.Sid  (2.5/5)

Sir Victor (4/5)

Phyno (4/5)

Davido (4/5)

Olamide ( 3/5)

P-Square & Appearance By Don Jazzy(5/5)

Winners:

Best R&B Single:  2 Face Idibia (Let Me Love You)

Best Pop Single: The Mavins ( Dorrobuci)

Best Rap Single: Phyno (Parcel)

Best Streethop: Oritse Femi (Double Wahala)

Best Male Vocal: Timi Dakolo (Iyawo Mi)

Best R&B/ Pop Album: Sean Tizzle

Best Female Vocal: Niyola

Best Rap Album: Olamide

Best Collabo: Wizzy Pro (Emergency)

Best Recording Artist Of The Year: Cobhams Asuquo

Best Alternative Song: Boj of DRB

Best Producer of The Year:  Don Jazzy

Best Lyricist on A Roll: Jesse Jaggz

Next Rated Artist: Patoranking

Best African Artist: Sarkodie

Rookie Of The Year:Reekado Banks

Video of The Year: Clarence Peters

Album Of The Year: Olamide

Artist Of The Year: Davido

Special Recognition Award: P-Square

Sept 1, 1994…20 years later, I could say i was part of history.

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The days leading to Sept 1, 1994 would have been like every other day, save for the fact that my dad was all about how a young man from our hometown (agenebode, Edo state) is gonna make history with the launch of the first private radio station in Nigeria and how he would revolutionalize the airwaves. All through the 31st of August, it was anticipation as we awaited 12 midnight. We had the radio on in the night as the anticipation got to fever pitch and my dad was constantly tuning the radio to ensure we were on the right frequency (100.5). Radios weren’t so digital then as we have it now. My elder brothers and mom were all awake. Then 12 midnight came and my dad tuned again, he got the knob on the frequency perfectly now because it wasn’t *shhhhh* we have been listening to since that we heard again, instead it was a no sound, our hearts pounding, and then we heard a light musical sound and then the unmistakable voice of Olusesan Ekisola….WOWW!!! Who could have missed his voice, he was the superstar of OGBC 2 (Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation), the only radio station that me and my siblings listened to in our home then. Mr Ekisola welcomed the listeners and introduced those in the studio. If my memory serves me right, the following were in the studio: Kenny Ogungbe, Busola Faiga, Yemi Adenuga, Ambrose Somide, Dennis “the menace” Ogi, Segun “shy shy” Shillon, Steve “the slick” Kadiri etc. Also the very first commercial was aired at exactly 12.30 am, can’t remember what was advertised anyways. Also i remember Kenny Ogungbe coming on air at about 1.25 – 1.30 am that night. Hmmmmm…..my heart is pounding so fast as I type this, because I never knew I could remember this much or even write about it later in life *giggles*.
It’s so refreshing and beautiful as I look back and could say I was part of that historic night, reason being that if there were no listeners like us, then the history wouldn’t have been completed, as all the presenters would have been talking to themselves.
Ray Power has come a long way (I used to call them “Rail Power” then *coversface*). The station not only provided a platform for unbiased news reporting but also took entertainment via the airwaves to a whole new level – power play, sunnyside up, soul serenade, ray power jams etc….OMG, am gonna cry o, with these memories. I learnt virtually the whole of lagbaja’s album (coolu temper) by listening to songs from the album on Ray Power. Telephone companies of that time would forever be grateful to Ray Power because of the phone-in programs that were introduced. No doubt, their revenues went up. My elder brother (Steve Adams) later in November that same year started working with the station. Am sure he was the youngest staff then. This was the period before he got admission into the university, so he spent like 6 months there. His swagger went sky high during this time *teethopened*. Some other early staff such as Pauline Ugbodaga, Godwin Asuquo, Emmanuel Omola, Bashiru Adisa, Sule Ellams, Becky Ellams, Orlando Ellams, etc made the station a stand out station. I could go on and on, but then it’s been really uplifting reliving these memories. I won’t forget to mention the introduction of our very own hometown talk program (Afemai ne’khai) sometime around October or November of 1994. It was then hosted by the amiable Agnes Nwabuwa. The program is still on the air and it would be celebrating its 20th anniversary soon. I was at its 10th anniversary celebration 10years ago when it was held in the premises of DAAR communications in Alagbado. I went with my dad (Chief Adamson) and of course with the former ray power staff, my brother (Steve Adams). 20 years later, it all seems like yesterday. Ray Power has grown in leaps and bounds giving birth to about 30 more radio stations across the country and AIT, DaarSat, Faaji FM. Am having a huge dose of nostalgia but it’s a very good one and am mighty glad to have had the opportunity to be part of history. The very best part of the life of Ray Power is just starting. Happy 20th Anniversary.
Long Live Chief Raymond Dokpesi!
Long Live Ray Power!!
Long Live DAAR Communications!!!

 

Joseph Adams

Media Enthusiast and CEO Eclectic Media.

P-Square to release new album

P-Square: Image by AP Photo/Dan Steinberg

P-Square are reportedly releasing an album before the end of this year.

According to reports, a source said the singing duo, Peter and Paul haven’t released an album in over two and a half years because they have been preoccupied with their personal lives.

NET says P-Square’s publicist Bayo Adu said the duo will release a few singles before Valentine’s Day leading up to the album’s release later this year.

Bayo said, “We did not release any statement whatsoever, especially one saying that P-Square will not release albums anymore. They will release two singles for the fans before Valentine, and an album will definitely come out before the end of the year.”

White House To Give Official Response As Deport Bieber Petition Crosses 100,000 Signatures

White House To Give Official Response As Deport Bieber Petition Crosses 100,000 Signatures

It seems a lot of people are really tired of Justin Bieber’s antics, and the White House now has to give an official response as the Deport Bieber petition managed to  garner over 100,000 signatures.

“We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture,” reads the petition, which was created immediately after Bieber’s recent run-in with the law. “We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked.”

Bieber, originally from Canada, was recently arrested in Miami for driving with an expired license, driving under the influence, and resisting arrest. (The former two charges have since been dropped.) “He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nations youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society,” the petition says.

In addition to his troubles in Miami, Bieber is also under investigation for allegedly pelting his neighbor’s mansion with eggs. That case is said to be “tightening up” according to CNN.

Celebrities told to avoid Camo clothing

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The Nigerian Army (NA) have warned celebrities that they will suffer severe repercussions if they do not stop “using and abusing” military camouflage clothing.

Nigerian Entertainment Today (NET) reports that the NA issued a statement which specifically addresses celebrities who wear the clothing during music videos, photoshoots and concerts.

According to the statement, the NA are particularly displeased with local rapper Jesse Jagz who has smoked marijuana while wearing the military clothing on several occasions.

The NA have vowed to punish any celebrity or civilian who dares to wear camoflage clothing.

2Face opens N250m club

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2Face Idibia has reportedly opened a new club in Lagos.

According to reports, the Rumors Nite Club in FESTAC Town opened in the New Year and is worth over N250 million.

NET reports 2Face’s business partner said, “We are only test running the place and waiting for the completion of the 1000 guest capacity event center before we open officially in February.”

2Face had previously revealed his plans to open a club during an interview with Punch, “I am not only an artiste, I’m also an entrepreneur. I want to make the night club a model like Jay-Z’s Club 40/40. I want to have my clubs in major cities in Nigeria and one in South Africa, Europe and the US.”

The club will allegedly officially open in February with talks of another branch in Victoria Island.

Karen Igho in the UK for cancer treatment

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Karen Igho is reportedly in the UK for cancer treatment.

Bellanaija reports Karen tweeted, “Hi everyone.sorry you haven’t heard much from me,I’m currently in the uk undergoing treatment.thank you all for your love and support.x”

The Big Brother Africa 2011 winner has been noticeably inactive on social media and from social events since she announced her illness.

According to reports, Karen hasn’t revealed the type of cancer she has but is said to have confirmed that she’s previously been treated for lumps in her breasts.

In December 2013, Karen shocked many when she announced her diagnosis on Twitter.

“I have cancer. Are you guys happy?????,” she wrote.

9ice to participate in 2015 elections

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Singer 9ice is set to combine music and politics, as reports reaching Pulse.ng has it that the artiste will be running for electoral position in the 2015 general elections.

The music star 9ice has announced plans to run for political office in 2015, specifically as a House of Representatives member representing the Ogbomoso North Constituency in the National Assembly.

9ice who has had difficulty reviving his musical career, might have thrown in the towel, capitalizing on his popularity in his home state to give himself a new lease of life.

9ice is not the first musician to toe the line between entertainment and politics. He joins a growing list of entertainers who have taken the dive into Nigerian music.

Actor Richard Mofe-Damijo, singer Tony One Week, actress Nkiru Sylvanus, and many others have all actively participated at different levels of governance.

Nigerian British Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor Nominated At British Academy Film Awards

 

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Nigerian – British actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Kenyan actress, Lupita Nyong’o, have been nominated for their role in ’12 Years a Slave’ at the 2014 EE British Academy Film Awards.

Chiwetel is up for the ‘Best Actor’ category, while Lupita was nominated for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ and ‘Rising Star’ categories.

Also, the director of the movie, 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen also got nominated in the Best Director category.

Check out the full list of nominees:

Best Film

12 Years a Slave – Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen

American Hustle – Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon

Captain Phillips – Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca

Gravity – Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman

Philomena – Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward

Outstanding British Film

Gravity

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Philomena

Rush

Saving Mr Banks

The Selfish Giant

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

Colin Carberry, Glenn Patterson – Good Vibrations

Kelly Marcel – Saving Mr Banks

Kieran Evans – Kelly + Victor

Paul Wright, Polly Stokes – For Those in Peril

Scott Graham – Shell

Film Not in the English Language

The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sørensen

Blue is the Warmest Colour – Abdellatif Kechiche, Brahim Chioua, Vincent Maraval

The Great Beauty – Paolo Sorrentino, Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima

Metro Manila – Sean Ellis, Mathilde Charpentier

Wadjda – Haifaa Al-Mansour, Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul

Documentary

The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer

The Armstrong Lie – Alex Gibney

Blackfish – Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Tim’s Vermeer – Teller, Penn Jillette, Farley Ziegler

We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks – Alex Gibney

Animated Film

Despicable Me 2 – Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin

Frozen – Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Monsters University – Dan Scanlon