“The 14th Headies! It’s time to Xplore!” A thick strong voice speaks foremost before the award commencement, culminating a sturdy background electronic sound which tends to vibrate like rumbling, and to the few audiences, from an unknown direction a brand new voice opens up the colorful night of glitz and glam; accompanied by a very special announcement for the night and at the side where almost every attendee seats quietly with their masks “on” giving 6inch distance to each other observing COVID-19 protocols.
About to welcome the host for the night at the same time, the-same voice called in, popular Nigerian spontaneous comic star-actor Bovi and the delectable Nigerian Actress and TV personality Nancy Isime, who rocked stunning different outfit as the show moved on alongside her partner that appeared in styles, looking very gentlemanly gorgeous on his first appearance with his black suit for the night at the 2021 annual award ceremony.
Nancy Isime and Bovi at first appearance, held their clink wine glass as they sipped the content inside slowly each, with their stunning bright look while the show sailed all smoothly.
The official African award ceremony was a halt in December, its usual kick off-season due to the deadly cascading pandemic that broke it into happening on February 21st, 2021 at the La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort in Ibeju-Lekki; kicking off with the prestigious Red Carpet at 5 pm and at 8 pm for Main Event award and performances till 11 pm; through its first-ever virtual experience cutting across all social media platforms in the world.
The Night remained a very remarkable experience, savoring superstar appearances, electrifying performances, and welcomed dignitaries from the Nigerian entertainment industry and beyond; issuing awards and recognized every nominee and crowned the winners altogether – “The 14th Headies! It’s time to Xplore!” The voice speaks in between each break slowing the night before the show ended and as it officially kicked off, recognizing her sponsors ranging from brands like, Indomie, Munch it, Lush Hair, Airtel, Bigi, Fearless, Tiger, and more that took the side to see the show explore and prevail in between the fear of attendants getting attacked or clingy by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Show performers yet to perform and acts yet to be crowned as the Night opens with a star-studded dance performing which simply portrayed Nigeria in recent her times; lurking around with the popular Fela Kuti’s “Zombie” song which took a smooth glide that perfectly melds into the dance narrative, opening something like a container filled and like one carrying the worms like Nigerian corruption, alongside a variety of dance that also narrates the massive shooting at the popular Lekki toll gate protest which claimed innocent lives, they were amplifying distant cries in their art, suggesting redemption and a plea for a savior who could bring peace in the nation rotating in confusion and turmoil in a pandemic as the background instrumentation for the next new dance pattern, glides towards Timi Dakolo’s 2012 “Great Nation” which stood and sunk to reckon as the savior & redeemer song advocating peace for Nigerians.
The dance crew automatically left with a very spectacular tang after it all and the show smoothly opened the first Winner in the “Best R&B Single” category – Fireboy DML, who had the highest nomination in the 14th Headies 2021. He won in five categories and left with one of the best performances ever.
Well, the night first move to a range of performances from Rookie acts, Alpha P, Olakira, Zinoleesky, Jamopyper, and Bad Boy Timz who won the award, from this category that was presented to him by popular Nigerian actress, Eniola Badmus and her associate, a key professional Nigerian record producer, Masterkraft, who look quite lovely and very admirable at the ceremony.
The 14th Headies award also held strong entertainment luminaries and national key players outside and in between the entertainment industry in attendant ranging from, Wizkid, AY, Lilian Afegbai, Simi Drey, Osi Suave, Omotunde Bamigbade, Iyabo Ojo, Mai Atafo, Yinka Adebayo, Trevor Henry, Eedris Araipke and other players who’ve immensely supported the growth of the industry.
Range of winners emerged in the award and the closure were almost every fan kept high hopes, seeing the crowning of the Nigeria most promising super-star literally left them with a wide grin as Omah Lay rightly claimed what truly belongs to him in the Night exceeding too many glories.
The night also basked in glamour as Wizkid won multiple categories including “Artiste of The Year”, he also claimed it in the “Song Of The Year” and other categories respectively.
The Night virtually welcomed South Africa’s Master KG’s 2020 “Jerusalema” record, with the band’s astonishing performance strongly connected from SA – it was strictly virtual illuminating fun!
KG, scaled through among-st his other African contemporaries and he gained the African Artistes recognition with his strong polarizing hit record that represented a blast in Nigeria and made up an outstanding collabo with Nigerian, Burna Boy in the same year.
Several categories came up that held super-talented winners alongside Best R&B Album, Best Rap Album, Best R&B Single, Best Pop Single, Best Rap Single, Rookie of the Year, Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year, Best Street Hop Artiste, Producer of the Year and others including special recognition to the special Headies Hall of Fame, King Sunny Ade and Special Recognition Award to Nigerian Hip-hop icon, Eedris Abdulkareem.
The 14th Headies Awards Ceremony, truly leans on a strong and perfect one-word meaning exploration, this year leaves with a certified hallmark in between the open legs of our economic struggle and the deadly cascading COVID-19 Pandemic; but nevertheless, the music and entertainment industry still moves farther into a phase introducing great talented stars ready to live for and upholding African pride and culture; the ceremony and everything that comes with it keeps the bond strong enough at a center that propels with a force which shows off a great sign of continuity that means greater things are yet to come from the stars down to their crafts and every single creation – Happy 14th Headies!