| By Anayo Ezugwu |
IT WAS a year of creativity, celebration and mourning in the Nigerian entertainment industry. In 2014, some artistes who did not make much impact in the industry in 2013, made waves with their songs. Songs like, Dorobucci by MAVINS, Wake Up by Flavour, Show you the Money by Wizkid, Shake Body by Skales, Ejeajo by P Square, Aye by Davido and Authe by Phyno all made waves across the country. The other hit songs that debut in the year are VIP by Ice Prince, Durosoke by Olamide, Man of the Year by Phyno, First Class by Yung6ix, I Swear by Ice Prince, Sanctum by Boogey, I Go Whooz You by Eedris Abdulkareem, and Chairman by M I. George Nathaniel, a multi-talented music artiste from Akwa-Ibom, also released two hit singles, Beautiful Girl and Big Boys Party in November 2014 and Sean Tizzle released The Journey, in April 2014.
The industry also witnessed outstanding performances that led to different awards both locally and internationally. Davido was named the Artiste of the Year and equally won the Song of the Year for Aye at the 2014 The Headies Award held in Lagos. Others artistes that received awards include, 2face Idibia, Best R&B Single with Let Somebody Love You, The Mavins, Best Pop Single with Dorobucci, Phyno, Best Rap Single with Parcel, Olamide, Best Album of the year with Baddest Guy Ever Liveth, Ada Ada (Flavour) by Clarence Peters as the Best Music Video and Don Jazzy, Producer of the Year
The year witnessed outstanding performances that won awards both locally and internationally including the African Music Magazine Award FRIMMA which held in Dallas, USA.
At the 2014 Africa Movie Academy Awards, AMAA, held on May 24, at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, Bayelsa, the Nigeria’s movie industry, had a poor outing. Out of the 15 movies and 21 actors nominated, the country recorded only six victories, making it the poorest outing since the awards began in 2005. Winners of the night included Clarion Chukwura for Best Actress and Patience Ozokwor for Best Supporting Actress.
Half of a Yellow Sun, a film about the Biafran War, was delayed for months by the Nigerian Censor Board before it was premiered by the cinemas.
The Nigeria Entertainment Awards NEA, held in New York and the MTV European Music Awards EMA, Glasgow, Scotland in the entertainment industry.
There was also second edition of the African Magic Viewers Choice Awards, AMVCA, which held on March 8 in Lagos, which witnessed Nigerian actors and actresses shinning. Pete Edochie, a legendary actor, emerged one of the big winners on that night. He received the Industry Merit Award which came with a Hyundai SUV car for his contribution towards the growth of the film sector in Africa. Michelle Bello, producer of the award-winning movie, ‘Flower Girl’, also emerged a big winner as she walked away with a brand new Hyundai SUV car, while Rita Dominic won the Best New Era Award which came with a trip to Dubai.
Other Nollywood stars who won big at the event were Funke Akindele, who won the Best Actress in Comedy, Nse Ikpe-Etim got the Best Actress in Drama award for her role in ‘Journey to self”, Osita Iheme walked home, with the Best Actor in Comedy award for his role in ‘The Hero’ while Desmond Elliot won the Best Supporting Actor in Drama award for his role in ‘Finding Mercy’. Elvis Chucks got the Best Actor award in Comedy and Obi Emenloye got the Best Sound Editor Award. Mercy Aigbe also won the Best Indegenous Language Yoruba award among others.
The sixth edition of Best of Nollywood Awards, BON, also witnessed Okey Bakassi emerging as Best Actor in Igbo movie. Pioneer Nollywood actress, Elizabeth Amaye, Reverend, popularly known as Liz Benson, was conferred with the award of Life-time Achievement.
It was also a year of morning in the entertainment industry as gospel singer Kefee, who was reportedly pregnant, fell into a coma while on a flight. She died on June 13. Charles
It was not all smiling for the industry in the year. Ini Edo, a popular Nollywood actress, parted ways with Philips Ehiagwina, her US based husband, because of some irreconcilable differences. While Uche Ogbodo’s marriage to Ato Ubby, ex-Nigerian footballer, was dissolved after less than one year. Death knocked on the door of the industry in 2014. On October 14, the industry lost Clem Onyeka, a veteran actor who died at young age, after he was shot by the armed robbers in Asaba, Delta State.