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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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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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