Now in its seventh year running, “The Headies” formerly known as Hip hop World Awards is here again, bigger and better. And to make it even more colorful is the duo of best-selling singer-songwriter Omawumi Magbele and hip-hop 5-star General, Jude ‘M.I’ Abaga as hosts of the annual event which has come to be recognized as Nigeria’s biggest music honours and show-piece event.
Unveiling them earlier today, executive producer Ayo Animashaun says the pair have been selected in line with the awards’ tradition of picking talented and inspiring entertainers, to front an awards ceremony that parades some of the continent’s biggest entertainers.
Animashaun, the CEO of Hip Hop World Magazine and founder of the awards in 2006 says, “It’s a very important year for us at The Headies, and for the Nigerian music industry in general.” Going further on the choice of Omawumi and M.I as hosts, he says, “…we found in M.I and Omawumi, two great entertainers who are very passionate about the awards, passionate about their work, passionate about the music business and a great source of inspiration to young, up and coming artistes, because of their peculiar stories climbing up”.
In anticipation of a great show this year and in living to standards of previous shows, both acts have already gotten together, to share ideas and fine-tune concepts, along with producers of The Headies.
‘It’s been fun fun fun for me’ Omawumi comments. ‘From the photo shoot to all the meetings, rehearsals, fittings and interviews, I can see that I’m going to have the fun of my life. And I promise this year’s guests will have even more fun. Me and M.I go craze!’.
This year’s edition will hold at the Eko Hotel and Suites on Saturday October 20.
The Headies is Nigeria’s premiere honours event for urbane music and hip hop culture. Produced and presented to give some of the biggest music shows awards around the world a run for their money, The Headies is an annual event that celebrates deserving Nigerian music stars by giving honour to whom it is due, and serving as motivation to up and coming and even established acts who have never won the award before, to step up their game so as to be inducted into the prestigious Headies faculty of fame.