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Monday, September 20, 2010

Omawumi Shone, Jim Iyke, 2Face, MI & DaGrin Won, Jesse Jagz Lit Up the Stage – Scoop from the Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) 2010

The 2010 edition of the Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) took place in New York over the weekend. The awards show is positioned as the premiere diaspora based awards event for the Nigerian Entertainment Industry. The event was hosted by powerhouse crooner Omawumi who also scooped up two awards at the event. Omawumi was a confident and vivacious hostess! She got commendations from all those at the event. There were also standout performances from Jesse Jagz and Lara George (she won the award for Gospel Artist of the Year).

We wish Da Grin was alive to enjoy all the fruits of his work. The late entertainer won the Album of the Year award. Music producer Kid Konnect who created a recent sensation with his “video for a beat” – Afu Lah Gah Fu Le Geh won the award for Best International Producer of the Year award. 2Face, MI and Jim Iyke were among A-List Nigerian celebrities at the event. 2Face won two awards while MI reiterated his recent statement that he is leaving the music industry to pursue a career in Nollywood. Sorry Mr. Incredible! We are not buying that – We reckon that this is part of the hype strategy for his new album – MI2.

The red carpet was hosted by Uduak Oduok, the lawyer/entrepreneur behind the Ladybrille Media Group. She interviewed all the stars and guests who graced the red carpet. There were an array of guests at the event including Ebuka Obi-Uchendu and models, Kendra and Ify Jones.

What is a Nigerian Entertainment Awards show without controversy? Iceberg Slim performed his MI diss track during the event right soon after left the stage after picking up his award for Best Rap Act of the Year. Awkward. At the after party, the two MCs engaged in a freestyle battle. Want to guess who won? You don’t have to, check out the video below. There were also some complaints around the timing and organization of the event. It is worthy to note that we have never witnessed a Nigerian awards ceremony start on time and devoid of complaints around sound and stage management. We encourage all awards show organizers to improve in these areas.

Overall, it was an interesting show and a great opportunity for diaspora based Nigerian entertainers such as Tolumide and DJ Xclusive to shine alongside their Nigeria-based counterparts.

Special Thanks to Trendy Africa and Face2FaceAfrica for the photos and Olamild Entertainment for the information. We encourage you to visit these sites.

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