PREMIUM TIMES takes a look at the winners and losers of 2014 in Nigerian entertainment.
Davido: The multiple award winning afro pop sensation, Davido, ruled the airwaves with his music and crowned it with awards and endorsements.
With his 2013 hit single, Skelewu, still fresh, he released the monster hit, Aye, in February ahead of Valentine.
He went on to win African Artiste of the year at the MTV African Music Awards, Afrimma, Ghana Music Awards, Future Awards and was Headies Award’s Nigerian Artiste of the Year.
Shoki: The street dance, Shoki, not only became popular, but inspired several hit songs.
Little known Dre San, released Shoki in late 2013, but the the dance’s popularity shot to the mainstream in 2014 with individual inputs from Orezi and Lil Kesh with singles, Shoki.
AY : AY’s 30 days in Atlanta was crowned Nollywood’s highest grossing cinema movie of all time, after it amazingly grossed N76million in seven weeks of showing on cinema screens across Nigeria.
Winners vs. Losers
Court cases: In 2014, two court cases stood out – YSG vs Vector; Chocolate City vs Brymo.
Budding record label, YSG, took its artiste Vector, to court for an alleged breach of contract and got a restraining order which stopped Vector from functioning as a musician.
Vector later settled with the label out of court and released a mixtape, A7 , and also got an endorsement with Vitafoam worth about N2.5 million.
While Vector was not lucky with the judiciary, former Chocolate City singer, Brymo, was. The case which began in December 2013 and brought forward to 2014 seemed to have favoured the singer with Justice Buba of the Federal High court in Lagos ruling against the restraining order obtained by Chocolate city.
Thus, Brymo was free to continue doing music and release his materials while the case continued. The matter was later settled out of court, PREMIUM TIMES later learnt.
Entertainers turned politicians
2014 witnessed a lot of Nigerian entertainers trying their luck in the murky waters of Nigerian politics.
Leading the pack was Oyo-born singer, 9ice as well as multiple award winning actress, Kate Henshaw; gospel singer, Kenny Saint Best, actor cum director, Desmond Elliot; comedian and Musician, Julius Agwu; actress, Bukky Wright, and actor, Bob Manuel Udokwu.
Only Elliot was succesful in bid, picking his party’s ticket. He would contest for the Lagos House of Assembly representing Surulere under the All Progressive Congress.
MTV’s controversial Top 20 greatest songs of all time:
Music television station, MTV Base, released a list titled, Best Naija Songs Ever,to the chagrin of Nigerian music lovers on October 1.
The list which didn’t capture the entire music sector from inception was described as “reckless journalism capable of putting scar to Nigeria’s music history” by entertainment lawyer, Akinyemi Ayinoluwa.
In what seems to be a smart move, the channel corrected itself saying “We were talking about tracks from 2004-2014! Since #MTVBase’s inception”.
Although the proceedings is yet to kick off, popular Afro pop singer, D’Banj, may appear in court come January 2015 as one of his creditors, Henry Ojogho, the Vice Chairman of Broron Group, Broron Oil & Gas Limited, who is also the Vice Chairman of MindHub Technologies has sued the musician for failure to pay an outstanding N15 million.