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Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Jidenna and More Nominated For 2017 Nigeria Entertainment Awards

The nominees for the 12th annual Nigeria Entertainment Awards have just been announced.

DIASPORA—The nominees for the 12th annual Nigeria Entertainment Awards have just been announced, and some of our favorite artists have made the cut.


With the wealth of musicians and entertainers coming out of the country, there were no shortage of artists to choose from. Big names like Wizkid, Davido, Tekno and Mr Eazi are all nominated in multiple categories and will be contending for the title of "Best Afropop Male Artist."

Yemi Alade, Tiwa SavageOmawumi are all nominated "Best Afropop Female Artist." Other noteworthy nominees include Olamide, JidennaRuntown, P-Square, Phyno, Burna Boy, and DJ Spinall. 

Non-Nigerian nominees include Vanessa Mdee, Efya, Nasty C and Cassper Nyovest.

For the first time ever, this year's awards will also include an 'Afrosoca' category.

The show takes place on September 3 in New York City, stay posted to see which artists take home awards. Check below for a full list of nominees.

Best Single:

Wizkid – Come closer ft Drake

Phyno – Fada Fada ft Olamide

Davido – IF

Tekno – Pana

Psquare – Bank alert

Olamide – Who you epp

Mr Eazi – Leg over

Runtown – Mad over you

Best Afro Soca Artist:

Fay-Ann Lyons

Machel Montano

Melly Rose

Olatunji Yearwood

Skinny Fabulous

Teddyson Johnson

Best Dancehall:

Burna Boy

Cynthia Morgan

Ketchup

Harrysong

Patoranking

Timaya

Best Music Producer:

DJ Soupamodel

Kriz Beatz

Masterkraft

Spellz

Young D

Sarz

Legendury Beatz

Young John

Most Promising:

Deshinor

Gabzy

Ike Chucks

Moelogo

Nonso AmadiOdunsi

Best Disc Jockey:

DJ Jimmy Jatt

DJ Neptune

DJ Humility

DJ TTB

DJ Spinall

DJ Prince

DJ Xclusive

DJ Consequence

Best Diaspora Disc Jockey:

DJ Dee Money

DJ Femsta

DJ GQ Mike

DJ EL G

DJ Tunez

DJ Cuppy

DJ Ecool

DJ Afoo

Best DJ Non-Nigerian/African:

DJ Lebbie (SL)

DJ Mensah (GH)

DJ Bossman (LIB)

DJ Joe Mfalme (KQ)

DJ Slick Stuart & Roja (UG)

DJ Vyrusky (GH)

Best Africa Female Artist [Non-Nigerian]: 

Amanda Black [SA]

Victoria Kimani [KQ]

Becca [GH]

Vanessa Mdee [TZ]

Butera Knowless [RW]

Sheeban Karungi [UG]

Efya [GH]

Queen Vee [ZIM]

Best Afropop Male Artist: 

Davido

Mr Eazi

Kiss Daniel

Runtown

Tekno

Wizkid

Best Afropop Female Artist:

Omawumi

Niniola

Seyi Shay

Simi

Tiwa Savage

Yemi Alade

Best Album:

Adekunle Gold – Gold

MC Galaxy – MMM

Falz & Simi – Chemistry

Olamide – Glory

Kiss Daniel – New Era

Phyno – The Playmaker

Mr Eazi – Life Is Eazi

Davido – Son Of Mercy

Best Diaspora:

Wale

Rotimi

Ayo Jay

Bils

Jidenna

Jaycube

Wurld

Tinnie Tempah

Black Excellence

Best Africa Male Artist: 

Casper Nyovest [SA]

Stonebwoy [GH]

Diamond Platnumz [TZ]

Sarkodie [GH]

Eddie Kenzo [UG]

Sauti Sol [KQ]

Nasty C [SA]

Toofan [TG]

Best New Act:

Tjan

Dremo

Dotman

Mayorkun

Sugarboy

Zoro

Best Rap Act:

Falz

Ice Prince

Mz Kiss

Olamide

Phyno

Skales

Best Indigenous:

9ice

Adekunle Gold

CDQ

Flavor

Olamide

Phyno

Best Music Video:

Aduke – Tjan [DIR: Kemi Adetiba]

All Over – Tiwa Savage [DIR: Patrick Ellis]

Bank Alert – Psquare [DIR: CP]

Come Closer – Wizkid [DIR: Daps]

IF – Davido [DIR: Q]

YOLO – Seyi Shay [DIR: Maji Alabi]

Best Collabo:

Come Closer – Wizkid Ft Drake

Iskaba – Wande Coal FT DJ Tunez

Ko Funny – CDQ FT Davido

Only Girl – Adekunle Gold FT Moelogo

Temper – Skales FT Burna Boy

Up To Something – Iyanya FT Don Jazzy & Dr Sid

Best Inspiration:

Cobhams Asuquo

Frank Edwards

Nathaniel Bassey

Sinach

Timi Dakolo

Waje

Best Entertainment Executive:

Don Jazzy [Mavin]

Idris Olorunnimbe [The Temple Company]

Emperor Geezy [GWW]

Paul O [Upfront & Personal]

E-Money [Five Star]

Tobi Sanni Daniel [State Of Mind]

Adetoro Fawoshere [Right Entertainment]

Dbanj [Cream Platform]

Arts + Culture

This Stunning Series of Self-Portraits Explores Love And The Concept of Letting Go

Cape Town photographer Meet The Internet shares a few images from her exhibition.

Cape Town photographer Siziphiwe Ngqoyiyana, who is known online as "Meet The Internet," does not take the topic of love lightly. "Most of us rushed into it," she says, "and we started dating without understanding what love is."

Her latest photography series, Love Through My Eyes is, is a reflection on how people around her deal with love, from staying in toxic relationships because they fear being alone, to those who build walls around themselves in fear of heartbreak and are hence unlovable.

"We come from broken families," says Ngqoyiyana. "Some with no fathers at all, so we go out yearning to be loved by a man and pray for better experiences than what we see our mothers go through. We get our fair share of hurt, we watch people come to our lives, we share our bodies with them and when it's enough for them they leave. We even start understanding and forgiving the cycle."

This cycle is reflected in the photos. In most of them, the color red is prevalent, symbolic for love. And the main subject, which is the photographer herself, is elusive, hiding her face either with a mask or red ropes, which could symbolize the blinding effect of love and how it can suffocate you.

Ngqoyiyana wants the images to focus on both sides of love. "I like the concept of balloons," she says, "because from a young age it kinda teaches us the concept of holding on to something and letting go. Obviously letting go is never fun, hence we cried when we would see our balloons fly away."

Ngqoyiyana got into photography by taking behind the scenes photos in music video sets. Her first gig as a photographer was a matric ball, and she recently started directing music videos.

The photos for Love Through My Eyes took "roughly three weeks" to make, and are all self-portraits. A confessed shy person, for a long time Ngqoyiyana wasn't happy with her appearance. "I can be whoever I want to be with self-portraits, and I am not so conscious about the way I look," she says.

"When I started taking pictures I was at a stage in my life where I was depressed and anxious, because I didn't have a career, and with no tertiary education," says Ngqoyiyana. "I felt I was "wasting away," she says. "Self-portraits were more of an escape, or a 'pretend like I am doing more than I actually am.' But after seeing the reception on the Internet, I did more."

Love Through My Eyes ran for a day on the 10th of November in Observatory, Cape Town. As a result of the amazing reception, says Ngqoyiyana, more prints of her work are on the way.

Photo courtesy of Siziphiwe Ngqoyiyana


Photo courtesy of Siziphiwe Ngqoyiyana

Photo courtesy of Siziphiwe Ngqoyiyana

Photo courtesy of Siziphiwe Ngqoyiyana

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