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TuFace to Receive LIFETIME Achievement Awards at the 2014 NEA Awards in New York


I think it is quite remarkable for TuFace to receive a  lifetime achievement award at the upcoming 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards to be held next week. It is fantastic and indeed his body of work for over a decade now shows he is quite deserving of the title. In fact, when Martin Fayomi, NEA President mentioned it to me in a recent interview I was trying to conduct, but for the network connections in Nigeria where he currently is doing business, I was happy to hear.

Nevertheless, I have to ask the question I am sure a lot of industry heads have: is the timing right? Aren’t there other industry veterans that should be honored first, prior to TuFace?

Your thoughts?


For Immediate Release

New York, NY – The producers of the annual Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEA Awards) announces some of its 2014 NEA Awards headliners – Ayo Jay, Ayoola, Harry Song, Kcee, MC Galaxy, Nikki Laoye, Niyola, Orezi, Oriste Femi, Patoranking, Reminisce, Runtown, Selebobo, Seyi Shay, Skales, Sna Z, Solid Star, Tekno, Tiwa Savage, Wande Coal, Wizzy Pro, Yemi Alade are a few of the artists that will headline the ninth edition of the Nigeria Entertainment Awards in New York later this summer.

The producers of the Awards will also be honoring Tuface Idibia with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his iconic work in the African Music industry. With a career spanning over two decades first as member of the popular group Plantashun Boyz, and later as a solo artist. Tuface has warmed his way into our hearts with his music and his inspiring personality, and so he will be recognized for twenty plus years of consistent contribution to the African Music Industry.

The 9th Annual NEA Awards will be held on Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at the NYU Skirball Performing Arts Center, 566 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012. Red carpet kicks off at 5:00pm prompt.

This year’s show is proudly supported by Chibase Productions, Platinum Ent, Mtech Comm, YSGHubs, Firematic Ent, Impeccable Hospitality, WIN Foundation, Etisalat, KLEEK, The Exodus Guild, BeatFM, StarFM, CoolFM, Bellanaija, UDRradio, Rhythm FM, EEC, UnderdaRock, 745Ent, RagingBull Ent, LOIGraphics, Mayven PR, DJTee Films, Anashe Media Group, Black Enterprise Magazine, Toast Magazine Nigeria, iBlave TV, MkTVworld & many more.

The organizers are excited for what promises to be a bigger, better award show than in years past. Tickets are currently available via the NYU Skirball site: For more information visit the NEA Awards site: and follow on Twitter for LIVE updates @NEAAwards.

About NEA

The NEA AWARDS is an annual entertainment award show held in the United States, with the sole purpose of celebrating and recognizing the numerous contributions of entertainers to the African entertainment industry, while at the same time promoting the image and rich culture of Nigeria.

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