2015 has been great for some Nigerian entertainers while for others, it hasn’t been that great as they have been shoved aside, hoping for a better 2016. ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM writes on those who won the biggest international awards this year.
No matter your achievements in the entertainment industry, just like in sports, awards and accolades are very important to the prestige of a personality. Even if many disagree on this issue, awards have made many artistes exceptional in their chosen profession. The entertainment industry in 2015 enjoyed lots of successes both in the movie, music and comedy. While Nigerian entertainers came tops in some international awards, the reverse was the case for others. The rating is not on those who had success locally but the ones who were internationally recognised.
Nigerian Artistes Win Big At MTV Awards:
The 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards witnessed some Nigerian artistes who have distinguished themselves in the industry by dominating the Awards. The Award’s biggest night held on 18th June, saw notable Nigerians clinching some of the biggest awards of the year for their contribution to music on the continent. Nigeria, Africa’s biggest hub of music and pop culture was represented in full force, picking a tidy seven awards. Davido rules Africa as the Best Male Act beating the likes of Wizkid, South Africa’s AKA, Tanzanian Diamond Platnumz, and Ghana’s Sarkodie. Yemi Alade: Best Female Act. MAMA 2015 ‘Artist of the decade’ went to P-Square winning two awards on the big night. They were recipients of the ‘Best Group’ award, beating South Africa’s house sensations, Beatenberg, Kenya’s power musicians, Sauti Sol, and Angola’s B4. They also won a non-voting category, ‘Artiste of the decade’, in recognition of their successful longevity at the top of African music.
Patoranking, the ‘nobody wey no fit make am’ crooner won Best New Act, while Nigerian superstar, D’banj won the 2015 MTV Evolution award. The MAMA “Evolution” award honours established artistes who have made an indelible mark on African and global music culture, taken African music to new territories around the world, pushing the boundaries of creativity, and shaping the soundscape of contemporary Africa. Mavin won Song of the Year, Dorobucci, while Best Collaboration went to AKA, Burna Boy.
Nigeria misses out At BET:
The15th edition of the BET awards ceremony was hosted by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, USA, 28th June. The big stars in American music and film came out for another year of entertainment at the awards which saw Nigerian artistes Starboy boss, Wizkid and one of Nigeria’s finest female singers, Yemi Alade losing to Ghanaian artiste, Stone boy for the Best International Act Africa position to the dismay of many.
Nigeria misses out at international DJ Awards:
Nigerian DJs who are highly rated were nowhere to be found as they missed out in the international DJs awards. Even as South Africans are celebrating the glory of comedian, Trevor Noah after making his debut as the host of The Daily Show, another man is also putting the country on the map. DJ Black Coffee, who was in Ibiza for the International DJ Awards, walked away with two of the prizes. The South African DJ won ‘Best Breakthrough DJ’ and another for SA as ‘Dance Nation of the Year.’
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Uzo Aduba wins Emmy Awards for ‘Best Supporting Actress:
Nigerian international actress, Uzo Aduba won Outstanding Supporting Actress award for her role in the movie ‘Orange Is the New Black’ at the Emmy Awards which took place September 20, 2015. In her very emotional thank you speech, she appreciated Jenji Kohan, her family who have stood by her and sister, Chi Chi.
Nigerian actors shine at AMMA:
Nigerian film-makers who were nominated in various categories of the 2015 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), which held in Port Elizabeth, South Africa turned out to be the biggest winners of the 11th edition of the award, which attracted film-makers and film-goers from all over the globe. The Nigerian filmmakers clinched seven out of the 27 awards that were handed out while countries like Mauritania, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Angola and South Africa, which had for several years dominated the awards ceremony got five, three and two awards respectively. Call him an icon of Nigerian cinema and you are not far from it. Sadiq Daba, the actor cum broadcaster won the Best Actor in the Africa Movie Academy Award, AMAA 2015 for his role in the award winning movie, ‘October 1st’. He was not alone in this feat as actor cum director, Kunle Afolayan’s ‘October 1st’ got the Best Nigerian Film Award as well as Best Costume Design. Veteran actress, Hilda Dokubo was adjudged best actress in a supporting role for her performance in the movie ‘Stigma’ while Kemi Lala Akindoju was voted best promising actress for her effort in Tunde Kelani’s latest feature ‘Dazzling Mirage.’ Kemi shared the award with Hassan Spike Insingoma who got the award for his effort in the Ugandan film “Boda Boda Thieves.” Best Comedy Film went to ’30-days in Atlanta’, and Best Animation also went to ‘The Legacies of Rubbies.’
Nigeria wins at AFRIFF:
The prestigious Africa International Film Festival, Globe Awards, AFRIFF, took place at the Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island, Lagos. Notable Nigerian music video director, Clarence Peters won the Special jury prize for his first short film, Hex.
Other awards include Silent Tears by Ishaya Bako (Audience Choice Awards), Legacy of Rubies by Ebele Okoye (Best Animation), Joy by Solomon Onita Jr. (Best Student Short Film), E18hteam by Juan Rodriguez-Briso (Best Documentary), Reflections by Desmond Elliot (Oronto Douglas Award for Best Nigerian Film) and The Price of Love (Best Screenplay) Special Mention – The Encounter- Tolu Ajayi (Nigeria).