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Will This Headies Be Controversy Free?

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Controversy has been the major put-off of the Ayo Animashaun organised musical award, The Headies.  Regarded as one of the biggest music awards in Nigeria, inconsistency as well as controversies have stagnated the award.

More than once the date of the award has been shifted with sponsorship being the problem. Some of the recent controversies which have trailed the award include how Tekno snubbed its organisers for nominating him in the ‘Next Rated’ category, he was subsequently disqualified. However, who would blame Tekno for his action, the lad had consistently churned out hit after hit, as everything he has touched has simply being a hit.

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The way Olamide dumped his microphone on the stage of the award in 2015, and almost had a fisticuff with Don Jazzy when Reekado Banks won the ‘Next Rated’ ahead of his supposedly more successful act Lil Kesh is still legendary, even if Olamide later apologized. These and the fact that some people have even argued that you have to pay half the value of the SUV you get as the ‘Next Rated’ winner before you can win it has made the Headies award even more controversial.

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With the nominees of the 2016/2017 edition of the award recently released, there have been posers as to how the award will go down this time.

The 2016/2017 edition of the award has in its ‘Next Rated’ category names such as Zoro, Mayorkun, Maleek Berry, Dice Ailes and Johnny Drille.

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Court Adjourns Naira Marley’s Fraud Case

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Singer, Naira Marley’s fraud trial has been ajourned.

The case which was brought before a Federal High Court in Lagos by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was initially meant for Monday, October 21, but was moved to the following day because the court did not sit.

When the case came up for hearing on Tuesday, October 22, it was adjourned by Justice Nicholas Oweibo, who did not announce the date for the next sitting.

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Justice Oweibo held that the case was adjourned to enable EFCC’s counsel Mr Rotimi Oyedepo and Naira Marley’s counsel Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN) to respond to two motions.

Recall that Naira Marley was arrested on May 10 by operatives of the EFCC. He was subsequently charged to court on 11 counts of cyber crime by the anti-graft agency. The singer however pleaded not guilty.

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Soapy Singer, Naira Marley Returns To Court

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The fraud  trial of Nigerian musician, Naira Marley, will continue on Tuesday, October 22.

Earlier fixed for Monday, October 21, the trail was shifted following the failure of the court to sit despite both the defence and prosecution counsel being in the court.

Naira Marley is facing charges of fraud brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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He was arrested by the EFCC in May, accused of conniving with one Yad Isril (at large) to use Access card issued to other persons in a bid to obtain gain, an offence contrary to Section 27(1) (b) of the Cybercrime Prohibition, Prevention Act 2015.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos granted him bail in the sum of N2 million with sureties in like sum on May 31.

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He was eventually released after spending 14 days in custody.

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2019 AFRIMA: FG Pledges Full Support As Nigeria Hosts Again

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The Federal Government has promised its full support for the successful hosting of the 2019 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), as the country prepares to host the glamorous event in Lagos 20-23 November 2019, with the theme: ”Feel Africa”.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the promise in a statement in Lagos on Sunday.

”When you look at the All Africa Music Awards, it’s one of the biggest awards for the music industry in Africa, and what government has done in the past is to provide the enabling environment for the awards to take place.

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”We provided support services for AFRIMA, we gave them the backing they need and I think it’s on record that the AFRIMA editions that have been held in Nigeria have been among the most successful.

”This year again, we are ready to partner AFRIMA professionally, give them the maximum support such as effective media coverage and also help them in reaching out to other critical stakeholders,” the Minister said.

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He said part of the reasons why Nigeria has successfully hosted the music awards is because the country has relaxed its visa regime, with the visa on arrival policy, thus making it easier for people to come in.

AFRIMA, which was first held in 2014, was established in collaboration with the African Union (AU) to reward and celebrate musical talents and creativity in Africa as well as to promote African Cultural Heritage.

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