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Here Are The 14th Headies Music Awards Winners

Wizkid, Fireboy DML, Joeboy , Niniola, Master KG and more have bagged wins at this year's highly anticipated Headies awards.

The Headies have named the winners for the 14th edition of one of Nigeria's coveted annual music awards. The glamourous award ceremony which took place this past Sunday evening at the Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos, Nigeria was stunning. The lead nominee Fireboy DML walked away with the most wins. Wizkid, Joeboy, Master KG, Bad Boy Timz and other Nigerian stars scored wins.


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Fireboy DML secured four award wins, including wins for "Best Pop Album" for Apollo and "Best R&B" single for "Tattoo". Nigerian singer Niniola bagged an award for "Best Vocal Performance" for her hit single "Addicted". Wizkid was this year's Headies favourite and snatched both the "Headies' Viewers' Choice" award as well as the "Artiste of the Year". South African DJ, Master KG, secured a notable win taking home the "African Artiste Recognition" award. Young upcoming singer and songwriter, Bad Boy Timz, received the "Rookie of the Year" award.

The Headies included live performances from Fireboy DML which were streamed live to Nigerian audiences, according to Bella Naija. The award show started in 2006 and initially focused on Nigeria's hip-hop scene. The awards have grown to include other music genres and categories including the latest, "Songwriter of The Year". The event was hosted by Nigerian comedian Bovi alongside the gorgeous Nigerian actress and model Nancy Isime.

Below is the full list of winners. A comprehensive list of the winners and nominees can be found here.

Best R&B Single
Fireboy DML

Best Recording of The Year
Ozymandias- Brymo


Best Music Video of The Year

1 Milli - Davido By Director K


Producer of The Year

Pheelz - Billionaire by Teni


Best Vocal Performance (Female)
Niniola - Addicted


Best Vocal Performance (Male)
Praiz - Under The Sky


Best Street Hop Artiste
Mayorkun - Geng


Rookie of The Year
Bad Boy Tims - MJ


Best Pop Single
Nobody - DJ Neptune feat Joe Boy and Mr Eazi


Best Collabo
Ladipoe and Simi - Know you


Best Alternative song
Moelogo - I wonder


Best Rap Single
Falz - Bop Daddy feat. MS Banks

Best R&B Album
Fireboy DML - Tears, laughter and goosebumps


Best Alternative Album
Roots - The Cavemen


Next Rated
Omah -Lay

Viewers Choice Award
Wizkid


Songwriter of the Year

Simi - Duduke


Best Pop Award
Fireboy - Apollo


Lyricist on The Roll
Ilbliss Goretti - Country


African Artiste Recognition Award
Master KG


Headies Revelation
Fireboy DML


Best Rap Album

God's Engineering - AQ


Song of The Year
Nobody- DJ Neptune feat. Joeboy and Mr Eazi


Artiste of The Year
Wizkid

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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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