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Top 7 Things We Noticed From The 2016 Headies

The Headies is one of the most prestigious award shows in Nigeria. While there have been a lot of controversies surrounding the show in previous editions, the hosts have continued to work hard in making sure that the show lives up to the standard accustomed to it. From the just concluded Headies award show which didn’t live up to the hype, here are 7 things that we noticed:

  • No Fight, No Show: It sure seems like the show became boring at a point due to the lack of controversy. There were no arguments about who won what. Everybody felt okay with the choice of winners. We needed to see some ‘back to back’ fights.


  • Music Artiste Protests: From what we could gather, a number of artistes couldn’t make it for the award due to their busy schedules this December. However, we felt a sense of protest from the artistes to boycott the show. The Mavin crew had to jet out of the country a day before the award ceremony. Tekno, who was exceptional this year, was displeased with his nomination and more likely disqualified himself from receiving an award. Quite a number of awards were collected on behalf of other celebrities. Phyno seemed very cold and couldn’t give a speech on his award for the Song of the Year. There could be some internal issues with the organizers of the event.


  • Poor Picture & Sound Quality: Headies has grown to be a very big brand and a lot is expected from them. It was shocking the extent of mediocrity displayed in the quality of sound and picture. It sure looked like an event that was done about 5 years ago. The sound wasn’t very audible and one needed to strain his ears to understand what they were saying.


  • Poor Event Management: Let’s ask this question. Was the Headies 2016 done in a rush? It looked like there wasn’t proper sequence. The amount of idle time wasted after an award category has been announced was excessive. The show didn’t need to span that long. We understand that a lot of logistic processes are involved to produce such an event but if it the event was going to happen, proper preparations and rehearsals should have been done way before the event.


  • Punctuality: This is one aspect that the Headies crew did well in. Putting into consideration, the ‘Nigerian Time’ factor, the show did well to start on time. This points to the fact that it is possible to keep to time in Nigeria irrespective of the various peculiar factors affecting us.


  • Average Performances: This is also indirectly tied to the poor sound quality. Some of the artistes who came to perform gave an average performance. It was sad to see a super talented Seyi Shay perform in such a manner. The crowd also didn’t help matters as they didn’t cheer enough to encourage the artistes.


  • Headies or Oldies?: Half way into the event, it seemed like the event tilted towards a throwback for music legends. There were loads of ‘almost retired’ music celebrities coming to give performances and this really didn’t help in crowd cheers. It looked like a mismatch. Some guests couldn’t connect with the performances. People wanted to see a Davido jump all over the stage and Wizkid sing ‘Ojuelegba’. The audiences were full of young people who needed to see the hottest musicians right now.


In as much as the show didn’t do too well, a big shout out goes to the organisers of the Headies. It takes lots of planning and investment to pull such a big event as this. Without a doubt, the Headies 2017 will be a great one.

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