Is there Underlying Politics in BET Awards Choice of Joint African Winners? NotJustOk’s Ovie O Reacts – “Quit the Political Bullsh*t!”

Shortly after the announcement that Ghana’s Sarkodie and Nigeria’s Wizkid emerged joint winners of the 2012 BET Awards Best International Act Africa category, Ovie O of, one of Nigeria’s leading music website, had the following to say:

“I’m sorry but the African category of the BET Award is a joke. The tie (just like last year) is yet another insult, in my opinion.

If u want 2 give the Award to Sarko, give Sarko. If u want 2 give it 2 Wiz, give Wiz. Quit the political bullshit.”

In addition to his reaction, I received the following message from an AML reader:

“Hello Uduak,

How was your weekend? What are your thoughts on Sakordie and Wizkid sharing the BET award for Best African Act? Last year, it was Tuface and D’banj.

I don’t know what criteria is used for determining the winner but if they keep ‘sharing’ this award between African artistes, it would lose its significance .  ..” -D

What are your thoughts folks?
On my end, Wizkid is a very popular act and has the record to show for it. Sarkodie is an equally popular act. I think it is plausible, especially this year, that there could be a tie. Last year with 2Face and D’Banj I was not sold on the joint win. Anyway, I’ll let you all share your thoughts. Do you agree with Ovie O and AML reader “D” above?


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Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) is a fashion and entertainment lawyer, speaker, visionary, gamechanger, trailblazer, and recognized thought leader, for her work on Africa’s emerging global fashion and entertainment markets, and the niche practice of fashion law in the United States. She is also the founder of ‘Africa Music Law,’ an industry go-to music business and law blog and podcast show empowering African artists. Her work in the creative and legal industries has earned her numerous awards and recognitions, including an award from the American University Washington College of Law for her “legal impact in the field of intellectual property in Africa." She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at several institutions in the United States. For more information, visit her at

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