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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

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The 20 Essential Olamide Songs

We dive into the Nigreian star's discography to bring you the 20 Essential Olamide Songs.

Let's get something clear: no Afropop act outdid Olamide in the 2010s, and even fewer can claim to match the sheer weight of his cultural influence. By all metrics, the 31-year-old musician reigned supreme over the sonic zeitgeist of the last decade, musically encapsulating, more than anyone, Nigerian music's trudge from fascination with Western-tinged music to the mass appeal of afrobeats.

Rising from Bariga, Baddo first punctured mainstream consciousness with his belligerent bars that positioned him as an upstart with a point to prove before going on to hold the gaze of a generation with anthemic offerings that distilled conceptual narratives on hedonism, life in Lagos, and forces that moved culture into multiple hits singles.

All this was done while maintaining a level of output that is unprecedented in Nigerian pop. From 2011 to 2017, Olamide put out at least one project every year while guesting on an uncountable number of songs that lasered his identity on contemporary Nigerian popular culture and ensured his music was always on rotation.

Carpe Diem, his 2020 album, marked the next step in the evolutionary arc of Olamide's career, easing him into elder statesman territory musically – and providing further proof of what a gifted musician Olamide is.

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