For Wizkid, Made In Lagos is coming at a critical point in his career. Last year had him disengaged from the spheres of the Nigerian soundscape, contributing only two singles all year. That’s why a full-length album from Wizkid is seen as a relief. Being anticipated for more than two years, hopes were high for Wizkid to deliver usual afrobeat bangers like his songs, Pakurumo, Tease me, No lele, Ojuelegba, Jaiye Jaiye.
Made In Lagos starts off with the electrically-charged jam, Reckless. In this song, Wizkid is actually ‘reckless’ by laying off whatever is on his mind on the P2J-produced track. It’s here we understand the sonic intricacies of this album – a mid-tempo mix of horns, gentle piano melodies and guitar licks. This template gives direction to the rest of other Wizkid’s solo tracks on the album – Sweet One,Mighty Wine and Grace – where Wizkid’s storytelling suffers clarity.
It’s the search for the meaning of this album that’s the bane of most listeners. The featured artistes, however, help to hide this blemish. Skepta’s input in Longtime covers up for Wizkid’s lyrical weakness, EllaMai’s glossy hook in Piece Of Me is a sweet filling as both her and Wizkid trade lyrics on sexual energy, and everyone remembers Tems’ verse better than starboy’s tiring “vibe-y” lyrics in Essence.
Nobody is asking Wizkid to be profound or to even make sense but, at least, give us vivid imagery of what you’re talking about. It’s perhaps why he comes second-best in some of the songs where he featured other artistes. On Roma, Wizkid’s prodigy, Terri, sounds exciting, confident, and clearly bests his boss. BurnaBoy also provides the activation energy on Ginger, outweighing the blandness of whatever Wizkid is saying.
Perhaps we were filled with expectations that Made In Lagos would be an album detailing the struggles of living in Lagos, but to Wizkid, it’s just about him being a product of the city. The closest to our ‘supposed’ concept of Made In Lagos is Blessed, where both Damian Marley and Wizkid look back to their previous years and are thankful for the blessings of the Most-High. “Let’s celebrate life/Kick back and take five/And give thanks to the source that create life.”
Overall, Made In Lagos is a step forward for Wizkid. We somehow have to accept the current sonic pedestal Wizkid is on. The theme is so clear, it’s all about the thrilling feelings of love and everything associated with it. Gone are the club-banging sounds of Soco or inspirational messages of No Lele. Made In Lagos is big, polished, feature-packed, and loaded with radio and playlist friendly records. It’s the type of album that will boost streams but it runs contrary to what made Wizkid appealing in the first place.
The Headies, Nigeria’s most prestigious music award that celebrates excellence in the Nigerian music industry, has returned for its 14th year. It covers music released between July 2019 to September 2020.
At the event each year, fans and artistes look forward to two of the most sought after awards in the Nigerian music industry, ‘Next Rated’ and ‘Rookie of the year’. Many winners of that category like Wizkid, Davido, and Mayorkun have successful careers. The Next-rated list covers an elite set of fast-rising stars who have performed exceptionally this year. This includes Tems, Omah Lay, Oxlade, Bella Shmurda. Big Brother Naija Lockdown winner, Laycon, who many touted as a possible winner for the award didn’t make the list.
After years of consideration, the organisers of the Headies also included a new nomination category “Songwriter of the year”. A statement on the awards website says that they created the category ‘to bring to the limelight hardworking individuals who have all significantly supported the creation of quality music’.
The Headies will announce a date for the award ceremony where they will reveal the winners of the various categories.
The full list of nominees for this year’s Headies Awards is below:
1. BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR A non-voting category for the best recording (that meets the judges’ requirements of excellence; songwriting, production, rendition) by an artiste or group in the year under review.
OZYMANDIAS – BRYMO SMILE – WIZKID FEAT. HER WONDERFUL – BURNA BOY DREAMER – FIREBOY DML GHOST TOWN – WURLD
2. PRODUCER OF THE YEAR An individual who is responsible for producing the most acclaimed song or album in the year under review.
PHEELZ – ‘BILLIONAIRE’ BY TENI SPAX – ‘AWAY’ BY OXLADE KEL P – ‘PULL UP’ BY BURNA BOY SARZ – ‘MAD’ BY SARZ & WURLD
3. BEST RAP ALBUM A non-voting category for the best album by a rap artiste or group in year under review.
GOD’S ENGINEERING – AQ ILLY CHAPO X – ILLBLISS YPSZN2 – PSYCHO YP CULT! – PAYBAC IBORO THE ERIGMA II – ERIGGA
4. BEST R&B ALBUM A category for the best r&b album in the year under review (by single individual or group).
LAUGHTER, TEARS AND GOOSEBUMPS – FIREBOY DML I LIKE GIRLS WITH TROBUL – SARZ & WURLD KING – PRAIZ BOO OF THE BOOLESS – CHIKE CELIA – TIWA SAVAGE
5. BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM A category for the best Alternative album in the year under review (by single individual or group).
YELLOW – BRYMO LUCID – ASA THE LIGHT – BEZ PIONEERS – DRB LASGIDI ROOTS – THE CAVEMEN
6. BEST POP ALBUM A category for the best pop album in the year under review (by single individual or group).
APOLLO – FIREBOY DML AFRICAN GIANT – BURNA BOY A GOOD TIME – DAVIDO WOMAN OF STEEL – YEMI ALADE AFRO POP VOL. 1 – ADEKUNLE GOLD
7. BEST MUSIC VIDEO A voting category for the best conceptualist, best directed and most exciting video in the year under review. This award goes to the video director.
ELI – FIREBOY BY CLARENCE PETERS 1 MILLI – DAVIDO BY DIRECTOR K SMILE – WIZKID BY MEJI ALABI BILLIONAIRE – TENI BY TG OMORI SHEKERE – YEMI ALADE BY OVIE ETSEYATSE
8. BEST R&B SINGLE A category for the best r&b single in the year under review (by a single individual or group).
UNDER THE SKY – PRAIZ DUDUKE – SIMI MAD – SARZ & WURLD BAD INFLUENCE – OMAH LAY TATTOO – FIREBOY DML DANGEROUS LOVE – TIWA SAVAGE
9. BEST COLLABO A voting category for the best r&b, pop or hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos).
KNOW YOU – LADIPOE FEAT. SIMI NOBODY – DJ NEPTUNE FEAT. JOEBOY & MR. EAZI SWEET IN THE MIDDLE – DAVIDO FEAT. NAIRA MARLEY, ZLATAN & WURLD DON’T CALL ME BACK – JOEBOY FEAT. MAYORKUN TOTORI – ID CABASA FEAT. WIZKID & OLAMIDE GET THE INFO – PHYNO FEAT. PHENOM & FALZ
10. BEST RAP SINGLE A voting category for a single (released on-air) recording of a rap song.
OGB4IG – REMINISCE SHUT UP – BLAQBONEZ COUNTRY – ILLBLISS GET THE INFO – PHYNO, FALZ & PHENOM BOP DADDY – FALZ FEAT. MS. BANKS
11. BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE(MALE) A non-voting category for the single male artiste with the most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album.
WURLD – GHOST TOWN CHIKE – FORGIVE PRAIZ – UNDER THE SKY COHBAMS – PLENTI NONSO AMADI – WHAT MAKES YOU SURE JOHNNY DRILLE – COUNT ON YOU
12. BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE) A non-voting category for the single female artiste with most outstanding vocal performances on a single song or album.
SIMI – NO LONGER BENEFICIAL LINDSEY ABUDEI – ONE ON THE OUTSIDE NINIOLA – ADDICTED J-DESS – CHI EFO YEMI ALADE – LAI LAI IMANSE – AJALA
13. HEADIES REVELATION A voting category for the best new artiste with a debut album adjudged to be outstanding in terms of artistic quality and impact within the year under review.
VICTOR AD FIREBOY DML JOEBOY TENI REMA CHIKE
14. LYRICIST ON THE ROLL A non-voting category for the rap artiste with the best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album.
AQ – EUNICE BLAQBONEZ – DEFINE RAP 2 MI ABAGA – TRINITY ILL BLISS – COUNTRY PHENOM – GET THE INFO PHYNO – SPEAK LIFE
15. BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE A voting category for the artiste whose songs are inspired by the streets. Such song should captain lingua, which may also be originated by the artiste and popular on the street. NAIRA MARLEY & YOUNG JOHN – MAFO MAYORKUN – GENG REMINISCE FEAT. OLAMIDE & NAIRA MARLEY – INSTAGRAM RUDEBOY – AUDIO MONEY IVD & ZLATAN – BOLANLE OLAMIDE – PAWON
16. BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG A voting category for the artiste whose songs reflect any form or style of music which falls outside the mainstream of recent or past popular musical trends.
CORNER – LADY DONLI FEAT. VANJESS & THE CAVEMEN I WONDER – MOELOGO BITTER – DEENA ADE ANITA – THE CAVEMEN MONEY DEVOTION – GBASKY GOD SAVE THE QUEEN – OLU
17. ALBUM OF THE YEAR A voting category for the best album (solo or group) in the year under review, that meets judges’ requirements of excellence (songwriting, production, rendition and impact).
AFRICAN GIANT – BURNA BOY APOLLO – FIREBOY DML AFRO POP VOL. 1 – ADEKUNLE GOLD YELLOW – BRYMO BOO OF THE BOOLESS – CHIKE
18. AFRICAN ARTISTE RECOGNITION A non-Nigerian award category for an individual African artiste or group with the most outstanding achievement, impact and infiltration into the Nigerian music scene in the year under review.
MASTER KG KUAMI EUGENE SAUTI SOL SHAATA WALE STONEBWOY
19. HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE A voting category to award the fan’s favourite artiste with the most digital tractions (downloads, views, streams) in the year under review.
DAVIDO OMAH LAY BURNA BOY FALZ FIREBOY DML MAYORKUN DJ NEPTUNE WIZKID
20. ROOKIE OF THE YEAR A voting category for the rookie of the year who has had a successful year musically, with the absence of an album in the year under review.
OLAKIRA ALPHA P JAMOPYPER ZINOLEESKY BAD BOY TIMZ
21. BEST POP SINGLE A voting category for the best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group).
BILLIONAIRE – TENI NOBODY – DJ NEPTUNE FEAT. JOEBOY & MR. EAZI. LADY – REMA FEM – DAVIDO JORO – WIZKID SKELETUN – TEKNO
22. SONG OF THE YEAR A voting category for the most popular song in the year under review.
FEM – DAVIDO NOBODY – DJ NEPTUNE FEAT. JOEBOY & MR. EAZI JORO – WIZKID MAFO – NAIRA MARLEY DUDUKE – SIMI
23. NEXT RATED This category is a voting category for the most promising act in the year under review.
TEMS OMAH LAY OXLADE BELLA SHMURDA
24. ARTISTE OF THE YEAR Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review. The overall most successful artiste in the year under review.
BURNA BOY DAVIDO WIZKID MAYORKUN TIWA SAVAGE
25. HEADIES SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR A non-voting category for the writer of a song (that meets the judges’ requirements of excellence, composition, arrangement, rendition) in the year under review.
SIMISOLA BOLATITO OGUNLEYE (SIMI – DUDUKE) ADEDAMOLA ADEFOLAHAN (FIREBOY DML DML – DREAMER) DAMINI OGULU (BURNA BOY – WAY TOO BIG) STANLEY OMAH DIDIA (OMAH LAY – BAD INFLUENCE) SADIQ ONIFADE (WURLD – GHOST TOWN) ADEKUNLE KOSOKO (1 MILLION – DAVIDO)
26. HALL OF FAME Special recognition to an individual for excellence and outstanding impact on the entertainment industry.
KING SUNNY ADE
27. SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Special recognition to an individual(s) for excellence and outstanding impact on the entertainment industry.
Reality star, Kiddwaya has boasted about his connections as he advised people to not just chase cash but also build their network.
According to the billionaire son, money is temporary but connection stays, which is why one needs to be focused and build their network.
It isn’t quite clear who he was sending a message or what could have prompted his post, but he is known to post some private issues on Twitter.
He wrote on Twitter;
“Forget about money. I want to see your network. Do you have access? What doors can you open? If I look thru your phone what names will I see? This game is about longevity. Money comes and goes but your network is there to stay. False hope is a mf trust me. Stay focused be smart!”
Forget about money. I want to see your network. Do you have access? What doors can you open? If I look thru your phone what names will I see? This game is about longevity. Money comes and goes but your network is there to stay. False hope is a mf trust me. Stay focused be smart!