News

The Nigeria Entertainment Awards In Photos & Clips

Ice Prince and Osas Ighodaro host the 10th edition of the Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEAs) in New York City.

Over the weekend, the Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEAs) celebrated their 10th anniversary at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City with a night of memorable performances, achievements, music video clips, and comedy hosted by Chocolate City rapper Ice Prince and New York-raised actress, model, presenter and the first-ever Nigerian-American winner of Miss Black USA, Osas Ighodaro.


Okayafrica and Okayplayer's own Abiola Oke (CEO, Okayafrica) and Dan Petruzzi (President, Okayplayer) were in the house to present the awards for Best Indigenous Artist (Pasuma Wonder), Entertainment Executive (Tobi Sanni-Daniel), R&B Artist (Praiz) and the first-ever Female DJ of the Year (DJ Cuppy).

Bils became an early crowd favorite by bringing his explosive performance to the seats and aisles.

Arguably the biggest round-of-applause of the night went to Female Artist of the Year Yemi Alade, who went looking for her "Johnny" in the audience later on in the night.

MC Galaxy tore up the dancefloor to close out the show and live up to his title as the year's best live performance.

But it wasn't just Nigeria that shined at this year's NEAs. Ugandan showstopper Eddy Kenzo delivered one of the evening's most memorable performances shortly before taking home the award for African Artist (non-Nigerian) of the Year. E.L. did his part to represent Ghana with a solo rendition of his M.anifest collaboration "Hallelujah." Congolese singer and "sexy dancer" Fally Ipupa stopped by to present an award as well.

Of course, these are just a few highlights from the 2015 NEAs. Above, we recap on the night in photos. See the full list of winners below.

Full List of Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2015 Winners (Via the NEAs)

Album of the Year: Thankful / Flavour

Hottest Single of the Year: Ojuelegba / Wiz Kid

Male Artist of the Year: Wizkid

Female Artist of the Year: Yemi Alade

Best Pop Artist of the Year: Davido

Rap Act of the Year: Olamide

Best RnB Artist of the Year: Praiz

Best Collabo of the Year: Bad Girl Special Remix / Mr. 2 Kay

Best Dance Live Performance: MC Galaxy

Best Music Video of the Year (Director): Unlimited LA

Best New Act to Watch: Kiss Daniel

Indigenous Artist of the Year: Pasuma

Diaspora Artist of the Year: Styleez

Gospel Artist of the Year: Tope Alabi

Most Promising Act to Watch: Simi

Music Producer of the Year: Shizzi

African Artist of the Year (Non Nigerian): Eddie Kenzo

Afrobeat Artist of the Year: 2face Idibia

Actor of The Year (Indigenous Films): Adekola Odunlade

Actor of The Year (Nollywood): Gabriel Afolayan

Actress of The Year (Indigenous Films): Toyin Aimakhu Johnson

Actress of The Year (Nigeria In Hollywood): Adepero Oduye

Actress of The Year (Nollywood): Ruth Kadri

Actor of The Year (Africa): Majid Michel

Actor of The Year (Nigeria In Hollywood): Chiwetel Ejiofor

Actress of The Year (Africa); Sonia Ibrahim

Film Director of the Year (Africa): Alex Konstantaras

Film Director of the Year (Indigenous Films): Olanrewaju Abiodun

Film Director of the Year (Nollywood): Kunle Afolayan October 1

Film of the Year (Indigenous Films): Alakada

Film of the Year (Producer, Africa) Shattered Romance

Film of the Year (Producer, Nollywood): October 1

Entertainment Executive of the Year: Tobi Sanni

Entertainment Personality of the Year: Jimmy

Entertainment TV Programme of the Year: Jenifas Diary

Female Disc Jockey of the Year: DJ Cuppy

Male Disc Jockey of the Year: DJ Kaywise

OAP of the Year: Dotun (Cool FM)

Comedy Act of the Year: Bovi

@eddykenzo representing Uganda at the @neaawards. #eddykenzo #NEA2015

A video posted by Okayafrica (@okayafrica) on

@mcgalaxymcg TEARING UP the dancefloor at the @neaawards. #NEA2015 #mcgalaxy A video posted by Okayafrica (@okayafrica) on

Hallelujah, @elrepgh repping Ghana at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards (@neaawards) in NYC. #NEA2015 A video posted by Okayafrica (@okayafrica) on

@officialniniola was live and powerful at the 2015 @neaawards in NYC. #NEA2015 #niniola A video posted by Okayafrica (@okayafrica) on

Music
Image: Nabsolute Media

Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.