2019 Headies Awards: Burna Boy Makes History With 10 Nominations

The 13th Headies Awards nominations list is out and Burna Boy made history raking in 10 nominations.

Headies on its website says Burna’s history as the most nominated artiste is the highest in the history of the award as it defeats Olamide’s record of seven nominations in the 2015 edition of the awards.

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Burna Boy is in contention for the artiste of the year alongside Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Falz The Bahd Guy, Teni and Mr Eazi.

Burna’s Ye has three nominations, Song Of The Year, Recording of the year, Best Pop Single and its producer, Phantom gets nominated in the Producer of the year category.

Other categories he got nominated for are: Best Reggae/Dancehall Single Heaven’s Gate featuring Lily Allen ‘, Best Pop Album ‘Outside’, Best Collabo Killin’ Dem featuring Zlatan.

Best Music Video ‘Dangote’, Album of the year ‘Outside, and Headies Viewers Choice.

Other artistes with top nominations include Davido, Wizkid, and Teni.

Tagged ‘The Power of A Dream’ the 2019 Headies Award will feature 29 unique categories to acknowledge and celebrate the work of various artists in different categories.

These include; Best Recording of the Year; Best Pop Single; Producer of The Year; Best Rap Album; Best R&B/ Pop Album; Best Collabo; Best Rap Single; Best Vocal Performance (Male); Best Vocal Performance (Female); Next Rated; Hip Hop World Revelation; and Lyricist on The Roll.

Others are the Best Street-Hop Artiste; Album of The Year; Artiste of The Year; Song of The Year; African Artiste Recognition; Headies’ Viewer’s Choice; Industry Brand Supporter; Best Performer; Songwriter of The Year; Rookie of The Year; Special Recognition; Hall of Fame.

 

 

See full nomination list:

 

BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

A non-voting category for the best recording (that meets the judges’ requirements of excellence; songwriting, production, rendition) by an artist or group in the year under review.

Adekunle Gold – Ire

Heal D World – Patoranking

Olanrewaju – Brymo

Uyo Meyo – Teni

Ye – Burna Boy

 

BEST POP SINGLE

A category for the best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group).

‘Ye’ – Burna Boy

‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD

‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

‘Case’ – Teni

‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML

‘Baby’ – Joeboy

 

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

An individual is responsible for producing the most acclaimed song or album in the year under review.

Phantom – ‘Ye’ by Burna Boy

Ozedikus – ‘Dumebi’ by Rema

Spellz – ‘Askamaya’ by Teni

Killertunes – ‘Fake Love’ by Starboy ft Duncan Mighty and Wizkid

Kel-P Vibes – ‘Killing Dem’ by Burna Boy ft Zlatan

 

BEST RAP ALBUM

A non-voting category for the best album by a rap artiste or group in year under review.

‘Moral Instruction’ – Falz

‘Crown’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon

‘A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl’ – M.I Abaga

‘Clone Wars, Vol. IV (These Buhari Times)’ – Show Dem Camp

 

BEST R&B/ POP ALBUM

A category for the best r&b/pop album in the year under review (by single individual or group).

‘Rare.’ – Odunsi (The Engine)

‘Outside’ – Burna Boy

‘No Bad Songz’ – Kizz Daniel

‘Mayor of Lagos’ – Mayorkun

‘About 30’ – Adekunle Gold

 

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

A voting category for the best conceptualist, best directed and most exciting video in the year under review. This award goes to the video director.

‘Dangote’ (Burna Boy) – Clarence Peters

‘Available’ (Patoranking) – Clarence Peters

‘Ire’ (Adekunle Gold) – Aje Films

‘Talk’ (Falz) – Prodigeezy

‘Jaiye’ (Ladipoe) – 88 Factor

 

BEST R&B SINGLE

A category for the best r&b single in the year under review (by a single individual or group).

‘Tipsy’ – Odunsi ft. RAYE

‘Serenade’ – Funbi

‘Uyo Meyo’ – Teni

‘Wishes and Butterflies’ – Wurld

‘Gimme Love’ – Seyi Shay ft. Runtown

 

BEST COLLABO

A voting category for the best r&b, pop or hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos).

‘Like’ – Reekado Banks Ft. Tiwa Savage, Fiokee

‘One Ticket’ Kiss Daniel ft. Davido

‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

‘Killin’ Dem – Burna Boy Ft. Zlatan

‘Amaka’ – 2baba Ft. Peruzzi

 

BEST RAP SINGLE

A voting category for a single (released on-air) recording of a rap song.

‘Talk’ – Falz

‘We Don’t Do That Over Here’ – Hotyce

‘40ft Container’ – Illbliss ft. Olamide

‘Sacrifice’ – Payper Corleone Ft. Alpha Ojini

‘Gang Gang’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon

 

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE(MALE)

A non-voting category for the single male artiste with the most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album.

Tay Iwar – ‘Utero’

Johnny Drille – ‘Finding Efe’

Nonso Bassey – ‘411’

Funbi – ‘Serenade’

Wurld – ‘Wishes & Butterfly’

 

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

A non-voting category for the single female artiste with most outstanding vocal performances on a single song or album.

GoodGirl LA – ‘Bless me’

Waje – ‘Udue’

Teni – ‘Uyo Meyo’

Tems – ‘Mr Rebel’

Falana – ‘Repeat’

 

NEXT RATED

This category is a voting category for the most promising act in the year under review.

Rema

Joeboy

Fireboy DML

Victor AD

Lyta

Zlatan

 

HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION

A voting category for the best new artist with a debut album adjudged to be outstanding in terms of artistic quality and impact within the year under review.

Odunsi

Mayorkun

Wurld

Humblesmith

 

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

A non-voting category for the rap artiste with the best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album.

YCEE – ‘Balance’

Boogey – ‘Implode’

Paybac – ‘Implode’

Ghost – ‘Crown’

Tec – ‘Crown’

AQ – ‘Crown’

 

BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE

A voting category for the artiste whose songs are inspired by the streets. Such song should captain lingua, which may also be originated by the artiste and popular on the street.

Erigga – ‘Motivation’

Chinko Ekun – ‘Able God’

Zlatan – ‘Leg Work’

Barry Jhay – ‘Aiye’

Lyta – ‘Time’

 

BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG

A voting category for the artiste whose songs reflect any form or style of music which falls outside the mainstream of recent or past popular musical trends.

‘Cash’ – Lady Donli

‘Mr Rebel’ – Tems

‘Finding Efe’ – Johnny Drille

‘Heya’ – Brymo

‘Ire’ – Adekunle Gold

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

A voting category for the best album (solo or group) in the year under review, that meets judges’ requirements of excellence (songwriting, production, rendition and impact).

‘About 30’ – Adekunle Gold

‘Outside’ – Burna Boy

‘Moral Instruction’ – Falz

‘No Bad Songz’ – Kizz Daniel

 

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review. Overall most successful artiste in the year under review.

Burna Boy

Wizkid

Davido

Tiwa Savage

Falz

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

A voting category for the most popular song in the year under review.

‘Ye’ – Burna Boy

‘Dumebi’ – Rema

‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD

‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

‘Case’ – Teni

‘Leg work’ – Zlatan

‘Baby’ – Joeboy

‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML

 

AFRICAN ARTISTE RECOGNITION

A non-Nigerian award category for an individual African artiste or group with the most outstanding achievement, impact and infiltration into the Nigerian music scene in the year under review.

Master KG – Skeleton Moves (SOUTH AFRICA)

Afro B – Drogba (Joanna) (IVORY COAST)

Sauti Sol – Melanin (KENYA)

King Promise – CCTV (GHANA)

DJ Maphoriza – iWalk Ye Phara (SOUTH AFRICA)

 

HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE

A voting category to award the fan’s favourite artiste with the most digital tractions (downloads, views, streams) in the year under review.

Mr Eazi

Burna Boy

Teni

Fireboy DML

Rema

Joe Boy

Wizkid

Davido

 

BEST PERFORMER

A non-voting category for the Artistes whose stagecraft, showmanship and performance routines are exceptionally conceptualized and executed in the year under review with consideration of live performances.

Falz

Tiwa Savage

Brymo

Yemi Alade

Adekunle Gold

 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:

A voting category for the rookie of the year who has had a successful year musically, with the absence of an album in the year under review.

Crayon

Buju

Barry Jhay

Oxlade

Xenophobia: I Will Never Go To South Africa Again – Burna Boy

 

In the wake of fresh attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, talented Nigerian artiste, Burna Boy, has vowed never to visit the country.

The self-acclaimed ‘African Giant’ took to his twitter to vent over the recent attacks, stating that he had also had his fair share of xenophobic experiences in South Africa.

According to him, although his dream had always been to see a united Africa, that dream may no longer be feasible until the government takes decisive measures against the situation.

He, however, stated that he was not encouraging violence and that there are some South Africans who are “amazing”… “but they are not many at all”, he added.


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Meanwhile, as a solution to the continuous attacks, the ‘Gbona’ crooner has also called on Nigerians in the diaspora to return home.

“Instead of to go become dog for city…If all the Nigerians for diaspora come back with ginger for our future we go clean house wey e go shine pass shoe”, he wrote in response to a tweet by fellow musician, Davido who said, “If our country good, wetin we go find go southy ???”.


See link to the series of tweets below.

Davido, Burna Boy, Nasty C Top 2019 AFRIMA Continental Nominees’ List

Nigerian singer, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido and Damini Ogulu with the stage name Burna Boy have scored high nominations in AFRIMA Continental Nominees’ List of 2019.

Also South African rapper and producer, Nasty C and Northern Africa’s showman, Tamer Hosny made the top list of the nominations.

The list was released by the International Committee of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, on Sunday.

The Continental categories are made up of the different genres of African music from Hip-Hop, Jazz, R’n’B, Pop and Reggae, Ragga and Dancehall to other coveted categories such as ‘Song of the Year’, ‘Album of the Year’, ‘Producer of the Year’ and ‘Best African Collaboration’ among others.

READ ALSO: Burna Boy Ecstatic As Music Legend Elton John Gives Him Shout Out

Over 200 songs have been nominated from a variety of artistes in the Continental and Regional categories cutting across a host of African talents and creative living on the continent and in the diaspora.

South Africa’s Nasty C leads the nominations with nine nominations in the following categories; Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa, Artiste of the Year in Africa, Song of the Year in Africa, Producer of the Year in Africa, Best African Rapper/Lyricist, Best African Collaboration, Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Hip-Hop, Songwriter of the Year in Africa and Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African R’n’B & Soul.

Nigeria’s Davido follows closely with six nominations which include; Best Male Artiste in Western Africa, Artiste of the Year in Africa, Song of the Year in Africa, African Fans’ Favourite, Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African R’n’B & Soul, and Best African Collaboration for ‘Blow My Mind with Chris Brown’.

Killin Dem’ cronner, Burna Boy picked up five different nominations which are Best Male Artiste in Western Africa, Artiste of the Year in Africa, Song of the Year in Africa, Album of the Year in Africa and Best African Collaboration.

Egyptian artiste, Tamer Hosny copped four nominations in the following categories; Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa, Artiste of the Year in Africa, Song of the Year in Africa, and Songwriter of the Year in Africa.

Other artistes with multiple nominations include Diamond Platnumz who accrued four nominations and South Africa’s producer and DJ, Prince Kaybee with five spots.

The public voting for the sixth AFRIMA Nominees stands a chance to win the 23.9 Carat Gold-Plated AFRIMA trophy commences on September 1 and closes on November 22.

Burna Boy Ecstatic As Music Legend Elton John Gives Him Shout Out

 

Nigerian music sensation, Burna Boy, seems to be getting more of the right attention as the days go by.

From having a swell time performing across the world, the Nigerian singer recently got a shout out by legendary music icon, Elton John, on his radio show.

The shout out stirred ecstatic reactions from the BET award winner.

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Below is what he had to say about Elton’s shout out.

 

Beyonce Reveals Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Others For New Album

American Singer, Beyonce has released the tracklist of her new album entitled ‘Lion King: The Gift’ with top Nigerian artists on the list.

Nigerian stars including Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy among others are on the tracklist.

Tiwa Savage and Mr Eazi on the track Keys to the Kingdom, while Tekno and Yemi Alade are on the track Don’t Jealous Me. Burna Boy is on the track titled Jara E also in the Lion King album.

Other African artists in the album include Ghana’s Shatta Wale, South Africa’s Busiswa and Moonchild Sanelly; and Cameroon’s Salatiel.

Meanwhile, Yemi Alade has since shared pictures of her during the premier of the Lion King movie. She also shared a video of her on the Red carpet with Beyonce.

 


 

See below the tracklist of the new album. It also features collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Childish Gambino, Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy and many others.

 

The Lion King: The Gift

01 Beyoncé: “Bigger”

02 Beyoncé: “Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)”

03 Tekno / Yemi Alade / Mr. Eazi: “Don’t Jealous Me”

04 Burna Boy: “Ja Ara E”

05 Beyoncé / Kendrick Lamar: “The Nile”

06 Beyoncé / JAY-Z / Childish Gambino: “Mood 4 Eva”

07 Salatiel / Pharrell / Beyoncé: “Water”

08 Blue Ivy Carter / SAINt JHN / WizKid / Beyoncé: “Brown Skin Girl”

09 Tiwa Savage / Mr. Eazi: “Keys to the Kingdom”

10 Beyoncé: “Otherside”

11 Beyoncé / Shatta Wale: “Already”

12 Tierra Whack / Beyoncé / Busiswa / Yemi Alade / Moonchild Sanelly: “My Power”

13 070 Shake / Jessie Reyez: “Scar”

14 Beyoncé: “Spirit”

 

‘This Means A lot’, Burna Boy Thanks Africa After BET Win

 

Burna Boy performs onstage during the Post Show at the 2019 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. Maury Phillips/Getty Images for BET/AFP Maury Phillips / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

 

Following his big win at the 2019 BET Awards, Burna Boy has thanked organisers and Africans for their support.

While he stated that he is not “big on awards”, he, however, said that this award meant a lot to him.

 

 

The ‘Killin Dem’ crooner was announced as winner of the Best International Act category on Sunday.

He was nominated in the category alongside fellow Nigerian singer, Mr Eazi, and others such as AKA (South Africa); Aya Nakamura (France); Dave (U.K.); Dosseh (France) and Giggs (U.K).

The award was received by his mother who also doubles as his manager.

Burna Boy, Teni, Mr Eazi Nominated For BET Awards

The 2019 BET Awards nominations have been announced and three Nigerian music stars made the list.

The Killin Dem crooner, Burna Boy, and Mr Eazi were nominated in the international act category.

They were nominated alongside AKA (South Africa); Aya Nakamura (France); Dave (U.K.); Dosseh (France) and Giggs (U.K).

In the Best New International Act category is Nigeria’s fast-rising star, Teniola Apata popularly known as Teni Makanaki.

Nominated in the same category with Teni is Sho Madjodzi from South Africa, Headie One and Octavian from the UK and France’s Jokair and Nesly.

The 2019 BET awards will take place at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on June 23.

The awards celebrate the brightest stars across music, television, film, sports, and philanthropy.

The International Act category has honoured previous African winners who have done Africa proud and become recognisable worldwide for their talent from Nigeria’s 2face and D’banj in 2011 and Wizkid in 2017, Ghana’s Sarkodie and Stonebwoy in 2012 and 2015 respectively and South Africa’s Black Coffee in 2016.

Last year in 2018, for the first time, globally acclaimed Davido emotionally received his BET Best International Act Award live on stage during the global broadcast of the show with South Africa’s Sjava in traditional Zulu regalia receiving his Best New International Act at the live Red-Carpet Show.

 

Below is the complete list of nominees for the 2019 “BET AWARDS”:

 

Best International Act

AKA (SOUTH AFRICA)

AYA NAKAMURA (FRANCE)

BURNA BOY (NIGERIA)

DAVE (UK)

DOSSEH (FRANCE)

GIGGS (UK)

  1. EAZI (NIGERIA)

 

Best New International Act – (Fan Voted Category)

HEADIE ONE (UK)

JOKAIR (FRANCE)

NESLY (FRANCE)

OCTAVIAN (UK)

SHO MADJODZI (SOUTH AFRICA)

TENIOLA APATA (NIGERIA)

 

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

BEYONCÉ

ELLA MAI

H.E.R.

SOLANGE

SZA

TEYANA TAYLOR

 

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

ANDERSON .PAAK

BRUNO MARS

CHILDISH GAMBINO

CHRIS BROWN

JOHN LEGEND

KHALID

 

Best Group

CHLOE X HALLE

CITY GIRLS

LIL BABY & GUNNA

MIGOS

THE CARTERS

 

Best Collaboration

21 SAVAGE FT. J. COLE                        A LOT

CARDI B & BRUNO MARS                         PLEASE ME

CARDI B FT. BAD BUNNY & J BALVIN             I LIKE IT

H.E.R. FT. BRYSON TILLER                             COULD’VE BEEN

TRAVIS SCOTT FT. DRAKE                       SICKO MODE

TYGA FT. OFFSET                          TASTE

 

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

21 SAVAGE

DRAKE

  1. COLE

MEEK MILL

NIPSEY HUSSLE

TRAVIS SCOTT

 

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

CARDI B

KASH DOLL

LIZZO

MEGAN THEE STALLION

NICKI MINAJ

REMY MA

 

Video of the Year

21 SAVAGE                                            A LOT FT. J. COLE

CARDI B                                      MONEY

CARDI B & BRUNO MARS                        PLEASE ME

CHILDISH GAMBINO                         THIS IS AMERICA

DRAKE                                       NICE FOR WHAT

THE CARTERS                                 APES**T

 

Video Director of the Year

BENNY BOOM

COLIN TILLEY

DAVE MEYERS

HYPE WILLIAMS

KARENA EVANS

 

Best New Artist

BLUEFACE

CITY GIRLS

JUICE WRLD

LIL BABY

QUEEN NAIJA

 

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

ERICA CAMPBELL FT. WARRYN CAMPBELL           ALL OF MY LIFE

FRED HAMMOND                                        TELL ME WHERE IT HURTS

KIRK FRANKLIN                                       LOVE THEORY

SNOOP DOGG FT. RANCE ALLEN                          BLESSING ME AGAIN

TORI KELLY FT. KIRK FRANKLIN                        NEVER ALONE

 

Best Actress

ISSA RAE

REGINA HALL

REGINA KING

TARAJI P. HENSON

TIFFANY HADDISH

VIOLA DAVIS

 

Best Actor

ANTHONY ANDERSON

CHADWICK BOSEMAN

DENZEL WASHINGTON

MAHERSHALA ALI

MICHAEL B. JORDAN

OMARI HARDWICK

 

YoungStars Award

CALEB MCLAUGHLIN

LYRIC ROSS

MARSAI MARTIN

MICHAEL RAINEY JR.

MILES BROWN

 

Best Movie

BLACKKKLANSMAN

CREED 2

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

THE HATE U GIVE

 

Sportswoman of the Year

ALLYSON FELIX

CANDACE PARKER

NAOMI OSAKA

SERENA WILLIAMS

SIMONE BILES

 

Sportsman of the Year

KEVIN DURANT

LEBRON JAMES

ODELL BECKHAM JR.

STEPHEN CURRY

TIGER WOODS

 

Album of the Year

ASTROWORLD                                   TRAVIS SCOTT

CHAMPIONSHIPS                                MEEK MILL

ELLA MAI                                            ELLA MAI

EVERYTHING IS LOVE                           THE CARTERS

INVASION OF PRIVACY                         CARDI B

 

2019 Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

CARDI B, BAD BUNNY & J BALVIN        I LIKE IT

CHILDISH GAMBINO                                    THIS IS AMERICA

DRAKE                                       IN MY FEELINGS

ELLA MAI                                             TRIP

  1. COLE MIDDLE CHILD

TRAVIS SCOTT FT. DRAKE                       SICKO MODE

 

BET Her Award

ALICIA KEYS                                         RAISE A MAN

CIARA                                               LEVEL UP

H.E.R.                                              HARD PLACE

JANELLE MONÁE                           PYNK

QUEEN NAIJA                                         MAMA’S HAND

TEYANA TAYLOR                                ROSE IN HARLEM

Burna Boy, Mr Eazi To Perform At Coachella 2019

 

Nigerian music stars Damini Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy and Tosin Ajibade, popularly known as Mr Eazi have been billed to perform at Coachella 2019.

The names of both stars were spotted on a list shared by Coachella on Thursday via its Twitter handle.

 

The ‘Ye’ crooner also took to social media to confirm the news.

“Everybody change your plans!! We all move to Coachella! 14/04, 21/04,” he told fans on Instagram.

 

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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

It is one of the most famous music festivals in the US and all over the world.

Others billed to perform include: Solange, Janelle Monáe, Ariana Grande, Kid Kudi, Childish Gambino.

2018: The Year Of Wakanda, Assurance, Fever, And Hard Goodbyes

 

Every year comes with its fair share of good, bad and wild moments and 2018 brought nothing short of that in entertainment.

From Davido giving us Assurance to Amaka disappointing us and Wizkid and Tiwa, giving us Fever and eventually some hard goodbyes we had to say, here are some of the top moments that shaped the year.

Black Panther and the tale of Wakanda (February 16)

The movie which tells the tale of a fictitious African country, Wakanda, from the perspective of affluence, light age development and technology was one of the many that had viewers enthralled.

The film particularly appealed to people of colour because they felt it was a shift from the regular plots which always portray Africa as an underdeveloped, forsaken continent.

More exciting for some fans was the fact that Nigerians were among the cast.

Acrimony (March 30)

The psychological thriller starring Taraji P. Henson, tells the story of a loyal wife who decides to take revenge on her ex-husband after he becomes successful, following years of their struggle together.

Read Also: Tyler Perry’s Acrimony Trends Again, Months After Release

He remarries and lavishes his new wife with everything he had promised his ex-wife – a situation which infuriates her and makes her hell-bent on revenging.

The movie left most of its viewers in utter shock and in a state of introspection such that months after its release, the debate over who was right or wrong lingered.

It was produced, written, and directed by Tyler Perry.

Davido Gave Chioma ‘Assurance’ (May 1)

2018 was the year singer, Davido, gave his girlfriend ‘Assurance’, proclaiming his undying love for her.

In the music video for the hit single, his girlfriend Chioma Avril Rowland, made a cameo appearance and the artist was seen professing his love for her, crowning it all by gifting a Porshe Car which was said to be between 45 to 50 million Naira.

The song had most people falling in love and seeking similar ‘assurance’.

Consequently, the lovebirds continued to trend for weeks on end.

While fans continued to show them love, some critics, however, called out the DMW crooner for flaunting his relationship despite having several ‘baby mamas’.

Meghan and Prince Harry’s Royal Wedding (May 19)

A picture released by Kensington Palace on behalf of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on May 21, 2018 shows Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (CL) and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, (CR) posing for an official wedding photograph with (L-R back row) Master Brian Mulroney, Miss Remi Litt, Miss Rylan Litt, Master Jasper Dyer, Prince George of Cambridge, Miss Ivy Mulroney, Master John Mulroney and (L-R front row) Miss Zalie Warren, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Miss Florence van Cutsem in the Green Drawing Room, Windsor Castle, in Windsor on May 19, 2018. PHOTO: Alexi Lubomirski / KENSINGTON PALACE / AF

The Royal wedding had the whole world talking for weeks leading up the event and weeks after.

Read Also: Royal Wedding: Prince Harry Weds Meghan Markle

The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex exchanged vows at the altar in St. George’s Chapel in an emotional event that brought the bi-racial US TV star into the heart of the British monarchy.

Falz’ This Is Nigeria (May 25)

A cover for US Rapper, Childish Gambino’s This Is America, Falz’ This Is Nigeria, became one of the hot topics of the year as it highlighted major issues around the nation’s politics, security and economy.

The video sparked conversations and immediately gained up to 15 million views in the past seven months.

World Mourns ‘Queen Of Soul’ Aretha Franklin (August 16)

Raised on gospel, bathed in rhythm and blues and fluent in jazz and pop, Aretha Franklin came to be known as the “Queen of Soul” through seven decades of electrifying performances.

Read Also: ‘Queen Of Soul’ Aretha Frankiln Dies At 76

From her father’s church to the hallowed grounds of the US Capitol, Franklin sang for parishioners and presidents and left her mark on music fans everywhere.

She died in Detroit where family and friends had gathered during her final days, her publicist told US media.

Wizkid, Tiwa Savage Give Fans ‘Fever’ (October 24)

Another hot topic of the year was the purported sizzling romance between singers, Tiwa Savage and Wizkid.

While both singers kept mum on the issue, their chemistry in the music video for Wizkid’s Fever, seemed to fuel the speculations that they could be dating.

Read Also: Wizkid, Tiwa Savage Give Fans ‘Fever’ In New Video

Regardless of whether or not they were, they had us talking about them as well as enjoying their music and both singers quickly emerged as the top trends on social media at the time.

Stan Lee (November 12)

Hollywood lost the legendary Stan Lee, who revolutionized pop culture as the co-creator of iconic superheroes like Spider-Man and The Hulk who now dominate the world’s movie screens.

Read Also: Marvel Comics Legend Stan Lee Dies At 95

Lee rose through the ranks to become a comics writer, making millions of superhero fans dream of his fantastic universes and humans with extraordinary powers, and eventually led the Marvel empire for decades as its publisher.

He died in Los Angeles after suffering a number of illnesses in recent years.

Farewell to the ‘voice of Lagos’ Tosyn Bucknor (November 19)

Nigerians bade farewell to on-air-personality, Tosyn Bucknor, popularly known as the ‘voice of Lagos’ on November 20.

She died at the age of 37, following complications from the sickle-cell disease.

Read Also:   ‘My Darling Sister Is Gone,’ Funke Mourns OAP Tosyn Bucknor

Bucknor was reportedly found dead by her husband, Aurelien Boyer, when he returned home from work.

Known and loved by many, the OAP was buried amid tears and tributes.

Ras Kimono: Rub A Dub King Bows Out Under Pressure

Courtesy: Ras Kimono (Facebook)

Part of the loved ones we lost in 2018 is the Rub A Dub King, Ras Kimono who died of a heart attack in Lagos.  Sadly, before we could come to terms with the legendary musician’s demise, we heard the announcement that his wife, Efemena Okedi, had passed on also.

She died just three months after he was laid to rest.

Ras Kimono brought us the Rhumba style and for this, he and his lovely wife will always live on in our memories.

Funke Akindele Welcomes Twins (December 22)

It was a joyful year for actress, Funke Akindele, popularly known as Jenifa as she welcomed a set of twins with her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, popularly known as JJC Skills.

The news went viral on social media after the actress shared some posts expressing gratitude to God.

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Funke and her husband got married in 2016 and the twins would be their first together.

Fans and well-wishers took to social media to congratulate the couple.

Concerts

Before we proceed into gigs and concerts, can we all but give it up for Burna Boy who is arguably the number one show stopper for the year 2018.

With ever-growing followership that seems sometimes like the fans practically worship him, Burna Boy lays claims to the throne as king for the year in review.

That said, you can be sure that there’s no better time to unwind than the holiday season when concerts and all the fun-fair is at its peak.

The commercial hub of Nigeria, Lagos in particular, comes alive as the year winds down.

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Although some notable events took place during the course of the year, some of the notable ones include Burna Boy’s concert tagged Burna Live.

The concert took place on December 26, at the EKO Hotel Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos with thrilling performances from top Nigerian artistes including D’banj, Wizkid, Davido and Tubaba.

The ‘Gbona’ sensation performed his hit tracks such as ‘On the Low’, ‘Ye’ and ‘Wo Da Mo’ at the show.

Other concerts were that of Wizkid and Davido.

Dbanj, Tubaba, Wizkid, Others Thrill Fans At Burna Boy Concert

Burna Boy

 

Barely a few days to the end of 2018, afro-fusion sensation Burna Boy held his concert tagged “Burna Live” to the excitement of his fans.

The concert was held on Wednesday, Boxing Day, at the EKO Hotel Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos with thrilling performances from top Nigerian artistes including D’banj, Wizkid, Davido and Tubaba.

The ‘Gbona’ sensation performed his hit tracks such as ‘On the Low’, ‘Ye’ and ‘Wo Da Mo’ at the show.

He was later joined by D’banj who brought his famed harmonica to the stage. Legendary Tubaba also at the concert named Burna Boy’s ‘Ye’ as 2018 hit song.

Many of the fans took to social media on Thursday, December 27 to share their experience at the concert with some expressing disappointment at Burna Boy’s late arrival at the show.

See reactions below…

Police To Arraign Burna Boy Over Robbery Attack

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Edgal Imohimi (left), Dancehall musician, Damini Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy (2nd right), being interrogated over his involvement in a robbery incident, at the Police Command, Ikeja, on Friday, December 15, 2017.

Nigerian dancehall star, Damini Ogulu popularly known as ‘Burna Boy’ on Friday submitted himself to the Lagos State Police Command over allegations of his involvement in a robbery attack on a fellow artiste, Mr 2kay.

Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Chike Oti in a statement on Friday said Burna Boy after submitting himself to police was subsequently arrested, interrogated and detained.

READ ALSO: Burna Boy Involved In Mr 2Kay’s Attack – Imohimi

“He is expected to be charged to court on Monday alongside four of members of the gang earlier arrested,” Oti said.

Burna Boy was declared wanted by the Lagos Police Command in connection with the robbery attack on another popular musician, Mr 2kay at Eko Hotel and Suites early last month.

He submitted himself to the Command headquarters in Ikeja at about 5pm on Friday, December 15.

Tunmise Omotore, a gang leader of the suspected robbers, had confessed on how they disguised as room service to rob Mr. 2kay at Eko Hotel and Suites on the instruction of Burba Boy’s Road Manager, Joel Kantiock.

Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal, after the interrogation, said the State Police Command has zero tolerance for all forms of crime and would not hesitate to prosecute anyone found culpable in any criminal offence perpetrated in the State.

“There would be no sacred cows. This Command is poised to ensure that every resident can feel safe wherever they are and carry out their businesses without fear or favour. Anyone, therefore, found to be involved in this case would be made to face the law to clear his or her name or face prosecution,” Imohimi said.

Burna Boy Involved In Mr 2Kay’s Attack – Imohimi

Lagos CP, Imohimi

The Acting Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Mr Imohimi Edgal has named reggae-dance-hall singer, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy as the brain behind an attack on an artiste, Abiye Jumbo, a.k.a Mr 2Kay.

Mr 2Kay was reportedly attacked by a gang on October 22, 2017, in his room at the Eko Hotel and Suites on Victoria Island after performing in the 2face’s ‘Buckwyld N Breathless’ concert held in the facility.

The assailants had disguised as room service officials to gain entry into the singer’s room.

They were reported to have beaten him up and dispossessed him of a wristwatch, gold jewelry, phones, among other valuables estimated at millions of naira, at gunpoint, after which they fled.

Read Also: Mr 2Kay Robbed At Gun Point In Hotel Room

The CP, Imohimi, who appeared on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, on Tuesday said that he was deeply worried when he got the report considering the security architecture in the hotel.

He, however, added that the CCTV footage helped him and his men in unravelling the circumstance surrounding the incident.

“I went there personally, we pulled out the CCTV footage. We did some interviews and eventually, we were able to arrest one of the girlfriends of the gang members.

“Her name is Mutajero Nimota (f), she now helped us to arrest three other suspects – Balogun Ademola, Obinna Igwe, Omotore Tunmise, they are all students.

“When they were interrogated, they stated that it was one Damini Ogulu a.k.a Burna Boy who contracted them not only to rob the victim but also to teach him a lesson,” he said.