What made waves in Entertainment Industry in 2018 #EventsoftheYear2018

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The entertainment industry thrills Nigerians with new hit songs in 2018

By Benprince Ezeh

The year 2018 will go down memory lane as a year to remember in the Nigerian entertainment industry.  It was a year that left lovers of entertainment thrilled as event after event unfolded including new hit songs, generating huge discussions and excitement but also leaving some people with mix feelings.

One of the big event of the year was the story of a rich and famous blogger, Linda Ikeji, owner Linda Ikeji Blog, LIB, who hit world with the news that she is engaged. This news was reported by Broadway TV that she reunited with an ex-boyfriend who returned to the country after being away for a while.

In May, another news about Linda made headline but this time, it’s her sister Laura Ikeji that posted a photo of her sister with the text: “See who’s gonna be a mummy. Congrats Lin @officiallindaikeji”.

Lines, on the other hand, wrote on her blog saying “Did you guys read the title of this post? Should I write it again? Oh God, I can’t breath…lol. So let me say that”.

On September 17, two days to her 38th birthday, she welcomed her son in a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America. On December 14, she shared photos of herself and her three month old baby Jacey, and as well disclosing the father of her baby. “Meet my son Jayce! And yes, Sholaye Jeremi is his dad. Unfortunately, he and I are a completely a closed chapter,” she wrote on her blog.

This came in the wake of allegations by Kemi Olunloyo, a blogger, that she faked her pregnancy to lure Jeremi into marrying her. Not much is known about Jeremi except that he is believed to be Ibe Kachikwu, acquaintance of Nigeria’s minister of state for petroleum resources, and Femi Otefola, Forte Oil chairman.

Another event in the entertainment that made waves in January is the popular TV reality show the Big Brother Naija, BBN 3, “Double Wahala”, which was also hosted in South Africa for the second year running. Various contestants, including, Leo, Bambam, Anto, K Brule, Britto, Vandora, Nina, Lolu, Miracle, C-cee, Princess, Tobi, Teddy-A, Khloe, Rico, Swavey, Ifu Ennada, Dee-One, Angel, Alex, and Ahneeka entered the house in January to contest for N25million.

In April, Miracle from Owerri, Imo state, won the prize money after spending 12 weeks in the Big Brother House. Many said it was an upset because he was seen as an underdog.

On March 4, the 90th Academy award “Oscar” was held in Dolby Theatre, Hollywood California in America saw new winners. “Shape of Water” which got 13 nominations won five awards including Best Picture Motion with Gary Oldman winning best male actor in a lead role. Frances McDormand won best female actor in a lead role whereas Sam Rockwell and Alisson Janney won in a supporting roles, respectively.

“Black Panther” which was released by Marvel Studio in February became the first black super hero movie and could be nominated for next year’s Oscar. This will make it the first ever super hero movie to do so. The movie, which broke the Terminator “Judgment day” record sold over a billion dollar copies in its first three months, and won many awards including BET award.

The Annual African Muzik Magazine Awards, AFRIMMAs, which comes up every year, was hosted in Accra, Ghana in November and some notable Nigerians were among the awardees. The AFRIMMA International Committee honoured Akinwunmi Ambode, executive governor of Lagos State, for his promotion of the arts and tourism in Lagos State. Also, Lagos was recognised as the hospitable location of the previous four AFRIMA.

In same month, some of Nigerian artistes were recognized in Africa. Davido, who recently passed out from NYSC camp in Lagos, was also recognized with the award as the best artiste in West Africa. Wizkid won the big one with ‘Soco’ winning the music of the year. Others were Yemi alade, Burna boy and Flavour. DJ Ecool won the best DJ in USA, Mastercraft the producer of the year and finally Didi Emma as dancer of the year. Other prominent Africans like Fally Ipupa and Nasty C were recognized, respectively.

Meanwhile, no Nigerian was nominated for this year’s Grammys unlike last year when Wizkid won in collaboration in Drake’s “One Dance”.

Also in 2018, Nigerian artistes got people really thrilled with the songs they released. They ranged from 2Baba ”Amaka”, Davido “Chioma” which made the social media spark, Wizkid “Fever” and “Soco”, “One Chance by” by Kiss daniels and Davido to “Isi Ego” by Phyno.

Ducan Mighty was the renaissance star of the year after being absent for some years from the industry. He had over eight featured songs; Tiwa Savage’s “Lova lova”, “Fake love” by wizkid, “Chinelo” Bracket, Reekado Bank’s “Bio Bio”, “Low waist” by Mastercraft ft Flavour, “Gimme love” by DJ Exclusive and “Aza” by DMW, Davido and Peruzzi. It was a year which he would never forget in a hurry.

In the same vein, Nigerian artistes got people really dancing to the songs they released. Ranging from “Codeine diet” by DJ Enimoney ft Slimcase,  Reminisce and Tiwa Savage, “Legbegbe” by Mr Real, Idowest and Obedice and “Issa Banger” by D’Banj, Real and Slimcase. These songs brought the shaku shaku dance step to light and with the year coming to an end, a new music dance emerges, the “Zanku Legwork” dance step from Zlatan’s music of same name.

There was an increase of short comedy videos and vox-pop questions of various types on the social media in 2018. Different handles like Pulse TV, Naij.com now Legit.ng, comedians and some TV presenters pose different questions and pranks to people and would get very funny responses, showing the talent and creativity of Nigerians.

What a lovely year it was. One hopes that 2019 supersede the excitements and funs Nigerians had in 2018.

– Jan. 1, 2019 @ 00:40 GMT |

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