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The Nigeria Entertainment Awards Announce 2015 Nominees

Davido and Wizkid join the list of nominees for the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards held in NYC September 6th 2015.


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The Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEA) recently presented a complete list of nominees for their 10th annual awards show taking place September 6 in New York City. The list of hopefuls, which was initially shared through social media and Nigerian radio stations BeatFM99.9 and RaypowerFM, include DavidoWizkidYemi AladePatoranking, Skales, Olamide, Burna Boy, Phyno, Banky W, Ice Prince, Flavour and many more. With their ceremony, the NEA aim to cover the best in Nigerian entertainment from afrobeat to pop music to television personalities and Nollywood. Okayafrica captured moments from the red carpet and live performances from last year's NEA in a star-studded photo gallery. Check out last year's winners and see the full list of this year's nominees below.

Nigerian Entertainment Award 2015 Nominees 

Hottest Single of the Year

Woju - Kiss Daniel

Shoki Remix - Lil Kesh, Olamide, Davido

Godwin - Korede Bello

Shake Body - Skales

Dorobucci - Mavins

Ojuelegba - Wizkid

Best New Act to Watch

Lil Kesh

Dija

CDQ

Kiss Daniel

Ayojay

Falz

Korede Bello

Gospel Artist of the year

Obiwon

Eben

Tope Alabi

Nathaniel Bassey

Psalm Ebube

Onos Ariyo

Flo

Indigenous Artist of the Year

Olamide

Pasuma

Phyno

Flavour

MC Galaxy

Jaywon

Best R&B Artist of the Year

Banky W

Seyi Shay

Chidinma

Timi Dakolo

Praiz

Shaydee

Best Pop Artist of the Year

Sean Tizzle

Presh

Davido

Wizkid

Runtown

Burna Boy

Female Artist of the Year

Yemi Alade

Aramide

Seyi Shay

Cynthia Morgan

Dija

Eva

Male Artist of the Year

Olamide

Skales

Flavour

Davido

Wizkid

Patoranking

Best Rap Act of the Year

Olamide

Reminisce

Ice Prince

Phyno

Falz

M.I

Music Producer of the Year

Pheelz

Shizzi

Legendary Beatz

Young John

DJ Coublon

T Spize

Best Music Video of the Year (Director)

IBADAN (QDOT FT OLAMIDE) BY HG2 FILMS

Condo (Ycee ft. Patoranking) - Clarence Peters

Shugga (Eva) - WOLTRK Ent & Radioactiiv

Onye (Waje ft. Tiwa Savage) - Kemi Adetiba

Aww - (Dija) - Unlimited LA

Crazy (Seyi Shay) - Meji Alabi & JM Films

Best Collabo of the Year

Indomie RMX - MASTERKRAFT, CDQ, DAVIDO

SHOKI FT. DAVIDO & OLAMIDE

Badgirl Remix MR. 2KAY FT Seyi Shay & Cynthia Morgan

Collabo - Psquare ft Don Jazzy

Condo - Ycee ft Patoranking

Marry Me - Falz Ft. Yemi Alade

Most Promising Act to Watch

Danagog

Niniola

Tjan

Tonye

Pere Carter

Simi

Sunkanmi

TeeGee Da Unsual

Diaspora Artist of the Year

Bils - USA

Jay Cube - USA

Emmy Gee (SA)

Moelogo (UK)

Stylzz - USA

Lioness (UK)

African Artist of the Year (Non-Nigerian)

Eddie Kenzo

Diamond Platinum

SAUTI SOL

Sarkodie

Stoneboy

AKA

Mzvee

Male Disc Jockey of the Year

DJ Spinall - Nigeria

DJ Xclusive - Nigeria

DJ KAYWISE - Nigeria

Dj Neptune - Nigeria

DJ Kenny - ABJ

DJ Tunez - New York

DJ LEGEND - Nigeria

DJ Magic Flowz - Canada

Female Disc Jockey of the Year

DJ Fizzie - Nigeria

DJ Cuppy - Nigeria

DJ Soupamodel - USA

DJ Lambo - Nigeria

Dj Nana - Nigeria

Album of the Year

Baba Hafusa - Reminisce

Thankful - Flavour

Street OT - Olamide

King of Queens - Yemi Alade

AYO - Wizkid

Rich & Famous - Praz

Afrobeat Artist of the Year

Lagbaja

Femi Kuti

Seun Kuti

Tuface

Tony Oladipo Allen

Ara

Best Dance/Live Performance

MC Galaxy

Yemi Alade

Psquare

Omawumi

Wizkid

Olamide

Record Executive of the Year

Emperor Geezy - GworldWide

Tobi Sanni - State of Mind Ent

Howie T - Baseline

Ossy - Achievas

JP - One Nation Records

Mr. Dilly - Eric Manny

OAP of the Year

Gbemi - Beat FM

Tisan Bako - Raypower

Osi Dirisu - BeatFM

Ajebo - Naija FM

Dotun - Cool FM

Omalicha - Rhythm FM

Entertainment Personality of the year

Olisa Adibua

Toyin Lawani

Dbanj

Emmanuel Ikubese

Ehis

Jimmie

Entertainment TV Programme of the Year

Shugga

Return of Jennifer

Gidi Up

Tinsel

Who Wants to be a Millionaire

Project Fame West Africa

Comedy Act of the Year

Helen Paul

Akpororo

Ushbebe

Bovi

Emieka Smith

Still Ringing

Actor of the Year (Nollywood)

Kunle Afolayan (October 1st)

Wole Ojo (Brave)

O.C Ukeje (Secret Room)

Yakubu Mohammed (Dark Closet)

Femi Jacobs (The Meeting)

GabrielAfolayan (Antique)

Actress of the Year (Nollywood)

Rita Dominic (The Meeting)

Weruche Opia (When Love Happens)

Linda Ojiofor (Secret Room)

Ruth Kadiri (Matter Arising)

Joke Silva (Folly)

Kehinde Bankole (October 1)

Film of the Year – Producer (Nollywood)

Invasion 1897

October 1st

Secret Room

Verdict

Antique

The Meeting

Film Director of the Year (Nollywood)

Eneaji Chris (Secret Room)

October 1 (Kunle Afolayan)

The Meeting (Mildred Okwo)

Antique (DJ Tee & Darasen Richards)

Stanlee Ohikhuare (Verdict)

Lowladee (Brave)

Actor of the Year (Indigenous Films)

Obi Emelonye

Zubby Micheal

Ibikunle Oladipo

Jide Kosoko

Adekola Odunlade

Yakubu Mohammed

Actress of the Year (Indigenous Films)

Aborisade Abisola (Temiloluwa ATM)

Faithia Balogun (Iya Alalake)

Halima Fatete (Har da Mijina)

Onyekachukwu Okeke (Olanma)

Ariyike Akinyanju- (Eyinju Eledumare)

Toyi n Aina-Johnson (Alakada)

Film Director of the Year (Indigenous Films)

Olanrewaju Abiodun

Blessing Adejumo

Amechi Ukeje

Niji Akanni

Okey Zubelu

Ugezu j Ugezu

Film of the Year – Producer (Indigenous Films)

Ibaje

Wazo

Eyinju Eledumare

Alakada

Har da Mijina

Onye Ozi

Actor of the Year (Africa)

Majid Michel (Knocking on Heavens Doors)

Adjetey Anang (Devils in the Details)

Gerald Langiri (Fundi-Mentals)

James Gardiner - Shattered Romance

Actress of the Year (Africa)

Terry Pheto

Joselyn Dumas

Sonia Ibrahim

Lydia Forson

Okawa Shaznay

Film of the Year – Producer (Africa)

Shattered Romance

FAR

Devil in the Details

A Letter from Adam

Fundi-Mentals

Film Director of the Year (Africa)

Shirley Frimpong-Manso

Eddie Nartey

Gilbert Agbor

Sam Kessie

Alex Konstantaras

Actor of the Year (Nigeria in Hollywood)

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

David Oyelowo

Hakeem Kae Kazeem

Gbenga Akinnagbe

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Actress of the Year (Nigeria in Hollywood)

Carmen Ejogo

Caroline Chikezie

Enuka Okuma

Adepero Oduye

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The Best African Memes of 2018

Laugh with us into 2019 with OkayAfrica's best African memes of 2018.

Meme culture has become a mainstay on these internet streets. It's essentially an alternate form of communicating, of commentary and of simple laughter. 2018 had its fair share of highs and lows, and young Africans continue to utilize memes to celebrate or to cope with the nonsense.

To reflect on the African memes that broke the internet this year, we tapped contributors and African meme tastemakers to list the best African memes of 2018.

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The Black Women Who Made Big Strides in France in 2018

Yes, this was a bad year for many reasons, but we can still celebrate the black women who rose to prominence

Back in 2015, a group of Black women activists appeared in the French media: les afrofems. They were and still are, fighting against police brutality, for better inclusion in the media and to destroy harmful sexual stereotypes surrounding black women among other worthy goals. Since then, more influential Black women have gained a bigger representation in the media. And, even better, some of the afrofems activists, like Laura Nsafou and Amandine Gay, have made films and written books to bring more diversity to the entertainment industry.

2018 has, in many ways, been a year where black women made strides in France, at least in terms of culture. From winning Nobel prizes, to having best selling books and being on top of the charts, Black French women have showed that, no matter how much France wants to keep them under the radar, they're making moves. And, no matter the tragedies and terrible events that have shaped the year, it is something worth celebrating.

France's New Queen of Pop Music

We begin with Aya Nakamura, France's new queen of pop music. Her song Djadja was a summer hit. Everyone from Rihanna, to the French football team who successfully won their second world cup, sang it. Her sophomore album "Nakamura" has been certified gold in France and is still on top of the charts. She is the first French singer to have a number one album in the Netherlands since Edith Piaf in 1961. The last time a black woman was as visible in pop music was in 2004, with Lynsha's single "Hommes...Femmes".

Nakamura has received a huge backlash, mostly due to misogynoir—misogyny directed towards black women where race and gender both play roles. From a French presenter butchering her African first name despite the fact that he can easily pronounce words like "Aliagas", to online trolls calling her ugly and manly when a picture of her wearing no makeup surfaced, to people complaining that she is bringing down the quality of the entire French pop music industry, Nakamura responds to her critics gracefully. Her music is not groundbreaking but her album is full of catchy songs with lyrics using French slang she masters so well that she came up with her own words like "en catchana" (aka doggy style sex). And most importantly, many black girls and women can finally see someone like them in the media getting the success she deserves.

The Nobel Prize Winner

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Another Black French woman has broken records this year: the Guadeloupean writer Maryse Condé who won the Alternative Nobel Prize, a prize meant to replace the Nobel Prize in Literature, after the scandal that the Swedish Academy of Literature faced last year. Condé wrote her first novel at only 11 years old and has been prolific ever since. A former professor of French literature at Columbia University, she has published more than 20 books since the 1970s, exploring the complex relationships within the African diaspora. "Segu", her most famous novel, is about the impact of the slave trade and Abrahamic religion on the Bambara empire in Mali in the 19th century. Condé's work is radical and she remains committed to writing feminist texts exploring the link between gender, race and class, as well as exploring the impact of colonialism. Condé is a pillar of Caribbean literature and it's taken long enough for her work has been acknowledged by the Nobel prize committee.

The Children's Books Writers

From Comme un Million de Papillon Noir

And finally, 2018 has been the year where France's children's literature industry has finally understood how important, for the public, writers and publishers, being inclusive and diverse was. From Laura Nsafou's Comme un Million de Papillon Noir, a best selling book about a young black girl learning to love her natural hair which sold more than 6000 copies, to Neiba Je-sais-tout: Un Portable dans le Cartable, the second book of Madina Guissé published this year after a successful crowdfunding campaign, there are more and more children's and young adult books with non white protagonists. In France, there are still no stats about how diversity is doing, but in America, in 2017, only 7 percent of writers of children's literature were either Black, Latino or Native American.

There's still much to accomplish in France for the Black community to have better representation in the media, politics and all walks of life, but important strides have been accomplished this year, and it make me hopeful for what 2019 and the following years have in store.

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J Hus Has Been Sentenced to Eight Months in Jail for Knife Possession

The rapper has been convicted following an arrest in June.

Gambian-Biritish grime rapper J Hus has been sentenced to eight months in prison for knife possesion, reports BBC News.

The artist, neé Momodou Jallow, was arrested in Stratford London in June when police pulled him over near a shopping center, claming that they smelled cannabis. Police officers asked Hus if he was carrying anything illegal, to which the rapper admitted that he had a 10cm folding knife in his possession. When asked why, he responded: "You know, it's Westfield."

Hus pleaded guilty at a hearing in October after initially pleading not guilty.

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