Tiwa Savage has emerged the first female artiste to win MTV Best African Act. The Nigerian Pop singer emerged the 2018 Best African Act at the MTV Europe music awards.
The singer who was at the venue fo the event in Bilbao, Spain on Sunday, clinched the award after beating fellow Nigerian singer, David Adeleke popularly known as Davido and other African Acts.
A few days ago, Tiwa Savage went viral on social media when she featured as a video vixen for the music video ‘Fever’ by Wizkid, The MTV award is an event that seeks to honour pop artistes.
Tiwa Savage’s Win: It came as a shock in certain quarters when her name was announced as the winner of the quite competitive category ahead of Davido who had earlier in the year picked up the BET Awards for Best International Act in June at the expense of Tiwa Savage who was also nominated in that category. There is no doubt that this win is one recognition fully deserved by the Mavin’s first lady for all her hard work and consistency on the scene especially in the year under review.
Janet Jackson’s Performance: The Legendary member of the Jackson family, Janet who also bagged the special award for Global Icon was in fine form on the night. During her set, Janet, dressed in a flowing outfit, rolled back the years with her barefooted grand entrance, bubbly dancesteps, flipping effortlessly through her intense choreography as she sang both old and new singles in ‘made for now’, ‘Rhythm Nation’, and the 2001 released anthem ‘All for you’.
Camilla Cabello Wins Big: Indeed, a star was born with the Cuban/American singer, Camilla Cabello who was the night’s biggest winner with four awards out of her six nominations. The ‘Havana’ singer bagged the Awards for Best Artist, Best Video, Best US Act and Best Song, emerging victorious over Ariana Grande who was nominated in five of the six categories that she was also nominated for.
A Night Of Celebration For Female Artistes: From the host of the event, Hailee Steinfield to the big winners Camilla CABELLO and Nicki Minaj, to Janet Jackson, Little Mix and Tiwa Savage, the 2018 edition of the MTV EMA’s celebrated the artistry and contributions of female artistes to the scene in a way like never before.
Bebe Rexha’s Army Of 100 Dancers: American singer, Bebe Rexha went all out with her set by enlisting an army of 100 dancers for the performance of her hit single ‘I’m a mess’ at the 2018 MTV EMAs. Bebe emerged from an onstage bathtub in an eye catching red outfit moving through the crowd of dancers who were dressed in priestly robes as she rendered her song. Her set ended with the singer being carried offstage by the dancers to a loud ovation from the audience.
Meanwhile, Wizkid has congratulated Tiwa Savage after she was announced as the winner of the Best African Act category at the 2018 MTV EMA Awards. Tiwa Savage emerged victorious ahead of Davido (Nigeria), Distraction Boyz(South Africa), Fally Ipupa(DRC), Nyashinnsia(Kenya) and Shekina( South Africa). She dedicated the award to her fans, her son Jamal and her record label boss, Don Jazzy. Wizkid posted a message on his Instagram page on Monday, November 5th with the caption, ‘ Yes, God bless ya, congrats’.
My Victory Resulted From Steadfast Prayers, Says MBGN Winner
Winner of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2021, Oluchi Madubuike, yesterday said that her victory was as a result of steadfast prayers.
Madubuike, who was crowned Miss Nigeria World 2021 on Saturday, took to her Instagram page to appreciate her family and other people who supported her in the journey.
According to her, she was victorious because of the steadfast prayers, love and support that she received from well wishes.
She said, “The little girl in me is screaming with joy at this new reality of mine. I’m sure my dad is with the host of angels in heaven celebrating me!
“I am so grateful to God most importantly for this opportunity and the hand of favour He placed upon my life. I am a living testimony of his divine work.
“To @silverbirdgrp , all our sponsors and partners, thank you all for this opportunity. I promise to maximize it to my fullest potential.
“This victory was a result of the steadfast prayers, love and support. I pray that God will find a way to repay everyone who contributed in a thousand folds.”
Madubuike would be representing Nigeria at the 70th edition of the Miss World pageant to be held on December 16, 2021 in Puerto Rico.
Nigerian Female Celebrities Are Not Prostitutes -Movie Producer
Nigerian movie producer, Samuel Olatunji, popularly known as Bigsam has debunked the idea that successful women in the entertainment industry earn their money through questionable means.
The Public Relations expert took to his Instagram page yesterday to condemn Nollywood actress, Nnaji Charity, who in her Instagram stories wrote that “being a female celebrity in Nigeria is more like an advanced prostitution.”(sic)
“To say her post is uncharitable to women is stating the obvious. What is more uncharitable is the fact that she is a woman (that, I believe because these days, you never can tell), “ the producer said.
He added, “What you are implying is that all these successful female celebrities, both in entertainment and outside entertainment are prostitutes, got to where they are, or are maintaining what they are by prostitution? Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Naming celebrities such as Linda Ikeji, Toyin Abraham, Funke Akindele-Bello, and Ini Edo, the Dear Affy producer attested to lucrative means by which several female celebrities he has worked with, make their money.
He said, “There was a time someone called me to say Linda Ikeji must be doing fraud or advanced prostitution to make the kind of money she has, that year, Linda was charging 50k per post (now it is 150k). I asked the person to open the blog and we did counting of sponsored post for that day as at 6pm, Linda has done about 20 sponsored posts. That year, Linda was raking in about 2 million daily. Before Covid and after, Toyin Abraham was making over 5 million monthly.
“About 10 years ago, we struck a major deal for Ini Edo, my first cut in the money was over 1.5m. Till date, Ini is making legitimate money quietly and in quick succession to have warranted talk that she’s the richest actress in Nigeria. About two or three years ago, Funke Akindele Bello made over 1 million USD from just one of her projects.”(sic)
Also mentioning the likes of Kemi Adetiba, Uche Jumbo, and Lizzy Jay, Bigsam said, “If you see all these women living life and living well, don’t let your limited brain deceive you that they only make it by gracing beds of powerful men (some of these men actually live off them).”
“Women are doing well and it is possible for the upcoming one to do better without turning to prostitution,” he continued.
He further encouraged ladies to ignore the claims by Nnaji as “she doesn’t know what she’s saying.”
Wizkid, Omah Lay Bag High Nominations In AFRIMA 2021
The African Union Commission and the International Committee of All Africa Music Awards have released the 2021 nominees’ list.
The list, which was released on Wednesday, features over 400 songs from artistes in the 30 continental and 10 regional categories cutting across African talents and creatives living on the continent and in the Diaspora.
Leading the 2021 AFRIMA nominations scorecard is South Africa’s sensation duo, Blaq Diamond with eight nominations for their song, ‘SummerYoMuthi’ in ‘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 Male Artiste in African Inspirational Music’; ‘Breakout Artiste of the Year’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Pop’; and ‘Best African Duo, Group or Band’.
Also, South Africa’s Focalistic made it to the top of the list for his hit single, ‘Ke Star’ [Remix], featuring Davido and Vigro Deep with seven nominations including ‘Best Male Artiste’ in Southern Africa; ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’; ‘Song of the Year in Africa’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography’; ‘Best African Collaboration’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group In African Electro’; and ‘Breakout Artiste of the Year’. Also, South Africa’s Focalistic made it to the top of the list for his hit single, ‘Ke Star’ [Remix], featuring Davido and Vigro Deep with seven nominations including ‘Best Male Artiste’ in Southern Africa; ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’; ‘Song of the Year in Africa’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography’; ‘Best African Collaboration’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group In African Electro’; and ‘Breakout Artiste of the Year’.
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