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Why Some Nigerian Artistes Do Not Deserve Their Awards

Posted by Jim Donnett on September 9, 2015 in Editorial · 33 Comments


I’m still quite undecided which title perfectly fits my bant on this music awards issue that has caused quite some uproar in very recent times. But considering that I shall be talking about our artistes, how I think some of them are undeserving of their awards and how some of them still, will never win awards, let whatever caption you find up there suffice for the time being. This subject matter leaves me with a bit too much to say but I’d try hard in keeping my thought expression as concise as possible so I don’t end up misyarning.

You see, our industry is still heavily ridden with garbage music, music that are unfit for auditory consumption adding to the challenges of insanity posed on the homo sapien folk. Yes, we may have experienced a minor evolution in our music, many thanks to new age technology but a larger faction of those perpetrating the art are a bunch of goofballs yet to catch on the moving train. Now, the plain and bitter truth is that not every Nigerian artiste would win an award. Some will (or may) never win an award, some don’t even deserve any award or recognition at all, while some even deserving ones (like Burna Boy and Seyi Shay) will be passed up for the noisy others. This is the life! Moreso, when we’re tasked with deciding the category winners, it eliminates our reasons for fault finding thereby presenting itself as free, fair and transparent whereas the real culprits are the show organizers in their haphazard nominations process that ultimately stakes the credibility of the awards.

Borrowing western influences has become a culture that we are too conscious. And so we tailor the progress of our mainstream media after everything we see on satellite TV, forgetting that our standards are not the same. The knowledge of that alone should teach us not to expect the same results because we must take into consideration our people and then our location. We are Africans! Whatever defines the commercial success of any music material outside our African shores is definitely not the same as here. If at all, we must, what criteria governs how we adjudge a song as best or hottest? This is the genesis of the problem as the two categories aren’t even the same. The general notion is that when someone’s material is on rotational play at a media house that mean it can pass for recognition. Well, WRONG! Did you first think about the nature of such song or video. What message it is passing across? If it communicates simply, designs of the creative art? Did you? And what explains our use for the term ‘Best’ when in essence, it’s reference made to the widely accepted (commercial) material. These are some game-changing yet minute points that our foreign counterparts take cognizance of. And then again, their selection process are in very grueling stages. But definitely not here!

So is it here where we know decisions are manipulated and swayed heavily in whoever’s favour they please? Can our show organizers beat their chest in defense of their nominees list? We need to get the picture clearly in order to understand these things. Very few of our artistes are actually deserving of their awards. The others are just ‘lucky number sevens’ based on hype. Are we then promoting creativity or hype? It’s high time we stopped fussing and started asking ourselves the tough questions. Unless we’re really not interested in growing the industry, then we can continue acting out faking our way to the top like bloody darn fools. Like it’s already not bad enough that we’re a flock of die hard wannabes reaching for the stars, we must now expose our ugly defects in the process. I honestly do not oppose ‘that guy’ who said most of these Nigerian awards are just jokes! But then again, he too should read this and know why he should stop looking to be awarded for his ‘good’ music just because the highest bidders and famzers have gotten away with it. I mean, who’s shooting who in the foot?

Written by Jim Donnett

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  1. Space booked

  2. Abdullahi Anami……

  3. Jim fuck u

  4. True words. Jim, u are on point

  5. chai…. Jim you need to hire a good writer…..ur writing sucks even though we know what you’re trynna say, u just dont know how to make it sound right.

    • is dis a writing or typing? or u mn? typo-errors? ass

  6. I’ve written such article on my site b4.
    they don’t deserve it

  7. nice post Jim

  8. Idiot.. when the artist you lots fuck with was winning awards, you never said this.

    • Mehn shut the fuck up and face facts when you see one!the truth’s bitter!accept it nigga!

      • Your ancestors must be goats. Bastard. Stupid Murdafvcker. If you try coming at me. I will disorganize your life here.

        • *smh! Look achu! Try organizing ur life before coming to disorganize person own!hediot! Accept it and stop blabbing!Jim said the truth!period!!

  9. Jim you are a fool for this post… Go and check the American musicians that carry Grammy awards and listen to their lyrics then you know dat our lyrics are still better off… Lil wayne only talks abt pussy, money, n high.. same as nicki minaj… Yet they take the awards… don’t look down on naija music… N dnt post rubbish

    • nickiminaj doesnt ve a grammy….lil wayne has 3

  10. Jim you are a fool for this post… Go and check the American musicians that carry Grammy awards and listen to their lyrics then you know dat our lyrics are still better off… Lil wayne only talks abt pussy, money, n high.. same as nicki minaj… Yet they take the awards… don’t look down on naija music… N dnt post rubbish….. Rubbish…

  11. Just say some artistes don’t deserve certain awards….. Not all these un placed grammatical blunders you are occupying our space with….. Ahhh! Use your discretion JIM.

  12. Gbam!!well said bro Jim!..i mean!take Asa for example!..a true definition of music!..but when it comes to awarding!it’s zero!’s just sad!last last!no be by award sha

  13. True talk fam

  14. non mind dis stupid writter…which ppl when dem dy sing good song them dy win award?????rubbish….

  15. Not only do we suffer a deficiency in artcraft, but sadly also in pencraft. I opened your commentary hoping to read a good piece, complete with names of ‘underserving’ artistes and why they dont merit the awards bestowed on them. What rather is on offer here is a jumbled piece, littered with metallic words that make reading flow and rhythm a laborious exercise. It is a shame that the efforts exerted in this write-up would be a wasted one. Since you have chosen the easier task between performing as an artiste and performing as a critic, it behooves you to critic well, and critic creditably well

  16. Lozz no word 4 dm sha

  17. Dis is true talk, b4 u see som1 talk tinx lyk dis, he must b a fan of Good music lyk me , …. For Gods sake we AV tracks lyk E.g Rich and famous , nd u givin tracks lyk gbese,story 4 d Gods, etc awards, , pls we nid to chng naija 4 good , NT stupid musics dt dnt AV evn single meaning, nd leaving d best 1NS aside

  18. Seyi shey and burn boy deserve award.

  19. My own b say, make dem give Burna Boy award, d guy 2deserve… Make dem leave all dis corner corner, conect conect thng. After dem go say d Government of their country no good. Were as d president of their own offices self no good…

  20. jst imagin olamide best rap act.. Wetin do jesse jags,boogey,.. Nigeria award sucks

  21. you’re kind of a pussy. If you have beef or banter like this you should give examples not make some vague inferences. The title is ‘why some Nigerian artistes do not deserve their awards’, in that sense you should call out some names yeah? Ultimately, you say nothing and only go so far as to reaffirm what most mentally capable Nigerians already know. This really isn’t fair as your livelihood depends on the same artistes you would have called out but if you decide to critique something, might as well make a damn effort.

  22. true talk ooo

  23. just wish him what he wishes u

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