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Video: 5th Annual Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEA) 2010 Recap


Aint no party like a Lagos party…especially when it's in NYC! The 5th annual Nigeria Entertainment Awards took place this past Saturday at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City. From the show to the after party it was nonstop entertainment. Despite the somewhat amateurish production and late start to the evening, the awards show did not disappoint. Nneka never came (okay that was disappointing) however the mostly domestic Nigerian entertainers that did perform displayed fantastic showmanship, talent and style. There was a tremendous sense of community at the NEA's, as if a whole family reunion was picked up from Lagos and shipped to NYC on Arik Airlines.

The highlights of the show were performances by Best New Act winner Jesse Jagz, Best Rap Act winner M.I., Best Neo-Soul winner 2 Face and Gospel Artist of the Year winner Lara George. Omawumi brought great energy to the show and won two awards herself. See a full list of winners below.

NEA 2010 Award Winners:

BEST NEW ACT OF THE YEAR

Jesse Jagz

GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Lara George

BEST POP/R&B ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Omawumi

BEST RAP ACT OF THE YEAR

M.I.

BEST SOUL/NEO SOUL ACT OF THE YEAR

Tuface

MUSIC PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

J. Sleek

BEST MALE MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR (ARTIST & DIRECTOR)

Implication- Tuface/

BEST FEMALE MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR (ARTIST & DIRECTOR)

Today Na Today – Omawumi/Kemi Adetiba

BEST ACTOR IN A FILM/SHORT STORY

Jim Iyke – The Shepherd / Dream Maker

BEST ACTRESS IN A FILM/SHORT STORY

Nse Ikpe-Etim – Reloaded

BEST DIRECTOR

The Figurine – Kunle Afolayan

INTERNATIONAL EVENT OF THE YEAR (TO A PROMOTER)

Arise Fashion Week New York

ENTERTAINMENT PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

Keke and D1

BEST ACTRESS IN TV SERIES/REALITY/GAME SHOW

Genevieve Nnaji – Guinness Ultimate Survivor-Celebrity edition

BEST COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS

Kefee ft Timaya

BEST INTERNATIONAL ARTIST

Wale

BEST INTERNATIONAL PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Kid Konnect

BEST ACTOR IN TV SERIES/REALITY/GAME SHOW

Gideon Okeke

BEST ON SCREEN PERSONALITY (PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD)

Denrele

BEST TV SERIES/REALITY SHOW/GAME SHOW

Tinsel

BEST RADIO PERSONALITY

Olisa Adibua

BEST COMEDIAN

A.Y

MOST PROMISING ACT TO WATCH

Mocheddah

INDIGENOUS ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Nneka

HOTTEST SINGLE OF THE YEAR

Terry G – Free Madness

BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR

DaGrin (late) – C.E.O

BEST WORLD DJ

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