Skirball hosts Nigerian Entertainment Awards

By Tegan Mosugu, Contributing Writer

Entertainers from Nigeria and all around the world gathered to celebrate the 10th Annual Nigerian Entertainment Awards at the Skirball Center for Performing Arts on Saturday night. While it takes place in the United States, the Nigerian Entertainment Awards celebrates and recognizes the contributions of African entertainers all over the world.

The awards ceremony started off with a pre-show event that showcased new acts from the African diaspora emerging on to the global scene. Shortly after, the main show started with a celebration of the best entertainers in Africa and around the world.

Hosted by Nigerian pop star Ice Prince Zamani and Nigerian-American actress Osas Igohodaro, the night featured choreographed performances and recognition to entertainers in both the film and music industry. Unlike other awards ceremonies, there was plenty of interaction with presenters and audience members; it was common to see artists get off stage and dance with the crowd.

Miss Nigeria USA Frances Onyemaechi Udukwu, who presented the Best Female Disc Jockey of The Year Award, appreciated the electrifying energy that was present in the crowd during the awards ceremony.

“The energy in the crowd was great,” Udukwu said. “Shout out to DJ Cuppy doing her thing in Nigeria, America and the UK.”

African hip-hop artist Fata EL Presidente said he enjoyed the event but said it was not without flaws.

“This was my first time attending it, but for next time, the execution should be better,” Presidente said. “I was expecting different people and more variety, but hopefully they will incorporate it next time.”

Some of the major winners from Sunday included 26-year old Yemi Alade, who picked up an award for Best Female Artist of the Year. Sports pundit Jimmie Akinsola of the Beat FM took home the award of Entertainment Personality of The Year.

Barbara Sam, director of operations at Africa Connect, commented on how important she thinks the awards ceremony is to honoring these great contributions.

“The Nigerian Entertainment Awards has done an incredible job connecting the diaspora to Africa,” Sam said. “It is really important to honor and celebrate both upcoming and seasoned artists in the entertainment industry.”

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, Sept. 8 print edition. Email Tegan Mosugu at [email protected]