The 2011 Nigeria Entertainment Awards just wrapped up and while I wasn’t there, members of my Ladybrille team have been present this weekend covering the event, and of course keeping me updated. I can’t wait to actually read and hear their full report(s). Visit Ladybrillemag.com and www.ladybrillenigeria.com to stay updated about news from the event.
I’ve got a shortlist of some of the winners below but I also wanted to drop a short note on how beautiful it is that our young generation of Nigerians are helping to build/and rebuild the country’s entertainment industry. It is my hope that Nigerians in the diaspora and at home do build an industry that outlive us and our legacy.
I also think that artists, producers, event organizers, media etc. have done and are doing their part. It is also now time for some of the sharpest legal minds the country has produced and will produce (abroad and locally) to step in and help lay the foundation for a solid and extremely successful industry. The industry really needs experienced and knowledgeable entertainment lawyers, like big time, to take it to the next level. For fellow entertainment legal minds (within and outside Nigeria) who are of Nigerian heritage, it will be our responsibility to map out what Nigeria’s entertainment industry should look like, especially for the future.
There is so much to do given the ever fluid world we live in, modern technology and an industry that needs a lot of holding hands both as it pertains to business and the law.
Nevertheless, I’m excited as I think about the possibilities.
Congrats to the NEA Organizers for pulling off an all around successful show, by all accounts. I pray it only gets better from here on.
SHORT LIST OF 2011 NIGERIA ENTERTAINMENT AWARD WINNERS
- Best World DJ, DJ Obi
- Best Pop/ R & B Artist, Waje
- Best International Artist, Nneka
- Best New Act of the Year, Wizkid
- Best Music Video of the Year, Eni Duro by Olamide, video directed by DJ Tee
- Best US Based Male Artist of the Year, Rotimi
- Hottest Single of the Year, Ice Prince
- Best Pan African Actor, Chris Attoh
-Photocredit: Amin Ameen
-Photodescription: Actress Susan Peters with Singer Waje