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Falz, Bimbo Ademoye, others bag Social Media Awards



Falz, Bimbo Ademoye, others bag Social Media Awards

Nigerian rapper and songwriter, Folarin Falana, popularly known as “Falz”, has bagged the Social Media Awards (SMA) for ‘fellow with the best use of social media in a crisis’.


Also, Nollywood Actress, Bimbo Ademoye, won the most engaging actress on social media while Stan Nze emerged the most engaging actor.


During the award presentation in Lagos, Emmanuel Nwafor, Chief Executive Officer of Alternative Adverts Ltd. and convener of the awards, commended the efforts of the awardees toward engaging the social media to remain outstanding.


Nwafor said the event was to honour individuals and organisations that were committed to using social media in innovative and impactful ways.


He noted that SMA recognised those who were pushing the boundaries of what social media could do for good, whether spreading joy, raising awareness for important causes or providing useful information and entertainment.


“We hope that the award will help encourage those into nefarious activities on social media to see a reason to use it for good with the hope of being recognised one day.


“Aside from the awards ceremony, we want to create an atmosphere where social media personalities, influencers, content creators, and brands meet in large numbers, to network, share ideas, and chart a new cause for the future of the industry.


“I must confess that I am surprised to see this number of people here today, it means that we have all witnessed the social media evolution and understand we need to take it seriously.


“The winners announced today are based on the online voting after the auditioning and nomination processes were completed, voting was done from July 1 to Aug. 31,” he said.


Advising the award recipients, Nwafor said, “I have a dream that by the fifth or tenth edition of Nigeria’s social media awards, we can stand and celebrate Nigeria’s own social media platform with at least 50 or 100 million downloads.


“So, I task the social media personalities, influencers, content creators here, and even business people to think of becoming social media landlords in another 5 to 10 years.


“But to achieve that we need to be committed to it and deliberate about it as well.


“It is said that data is the new gold, can you imagine the power you will have or the amount of money you can make if you have a social media app with 100 million downloads, which is instant access to 100 million people.”


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that TECNO CAMON 20, Steady Night Portrait Master, TECNOMobileNigeria won the best audience engagement campaign on social media and Arise News bagged the most engaging TV station on social media.


Lush Hair Nigeria emerged the most engaging beauty brand on social media, while Jumia Nigeria won the best use of social media e-commerce company.


Ify Mogekwu kitchen won the food influencer of the year; Morayo Afolabi-Brown emerged the most engaging TV presenter on social media and Cool FM Nigeria got the most engaging radio station in the year.


Simply Tacha won the social media influencer of the year; Shank comics – ‘mapa’mi naaaa’ bagged the most viral slang maker of the year while Indomie won the most responsive FMCG brand on social media.


Jeremiah Ogbodo bagged the fashion influencer of the year; Rufai Oseni emerged the most engaging journalist on social media and Daddy Freeze won the most engaging on-air-personality on social media.


’Who is your guy’ by Spyro emerged most viral song of the year; Pharmsavi’s Choose health always won the best health content creator while Odinaka Chukwueze bagged the overall best social media content creator award.


For the best entertaining content creator, the audition by Josh2funny, “The Strongest man in the world”, won.


khloes_gram (Leave them alone) won the best tiktok content creator; Chrisland Schools’ First Aid Specialist Training (FAST) emerged best educative content creator.


The award for the best Facebook content creator went to Mark Angel Comedy, “The witch mother in-law”; while Taaooma’s “E-Suli has suffered” bagged the best instagram content creator award.


B.O.D @bod_republic emerged best twitter content creator, Back in Uni By Blaqbonez & Perliks won the best music video on YouTube while Chukwuebuka Amuzia, @Brainjotter, “the trapped soul”, emerged the best YouTube content creator.


MTN Nigeria won the most responsive telecoms company in Nigeria; TEEE DOLLAR bagged the best dance content creator; Yabaleft Online won the blogger of the year and Betway had the award for the best use of social media in sports.

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Portable takes London by storm, rubs shoulders with Skepta at British Fashion Awards



Portable takes London by storm, rubs shoulders with Skepta at British Fashion Awards

Nigerian Street-Hop sensation, Habeeb ‘Portable’ Okikiola, stole the spotlight at the prestigious British Fashion Awards as he reveled in the company of British-Nigerian rapper Skepta. The Royal Albert Hall in London witnessed the dynamic duo making waves on Monday, December 4, 2023, as Portable strutted down the red carpet in style, leaving an indelible mark on the star-studded event.


Numerous videos circulating on the internet captured the lively artist’s unforgettable moments, showcasing his infectious energy and unabashed joy. The controversial artist, known for his unique style, turned heads as he walked the red carpet alongside Skepta and his entourage, drawing cheers from adoring fans who couldn’t get enough of the unexpected duo.


Dressed in his signature snazzy suit, with the daring choice of no shirt beneath the blazer, Portable posed gallantly for the cameras. The internet buzzed with excitement as fans shared their delight at witnessing the Street-Hop sensation making a statement on such a grand stage.


In a heartwarming clip, Portable exhibited his softer side as he met the renowned singer Tiwa Savage. The artist’s infectious smile reached its peak as he embraced Tiwa, affectionately referring to her as his “godmother.” Overflowing with admiration, Portable expressed, “I don see my godmother, my godmother. God bless you mami. I’m happy to see you, and God bless you.”


The artist took to his Instagram account to keep fans and followers in the loop, sharing a series of pictures and videos capturing his memorable moments at the award show. Among the highlights was a viral clip where Portable serenaded Skepta with one of his songs, creating a unique and unscripted musical collaboration that resonated with fans worldwide.


As Portable continues to make waves beyond Nigerian borders, his unexpected camaraderie with Skepta at the British Fashion Awards adds a new chapter to his remarkable journey. The fusion of cultures and musical influences on display at the event showcases the global appeal of Nigerian music, solidifying Portable’s status as a rising star in the international music scene.

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Portable extends collaboration request to Wizkid and Davido after former’s philanthropic gesture



Portable extends collaboration request to Wizkid and Davido after former's philanthropic gesture

Street Pop sensation Portable has once again grabbed the headlines, this time with a direct request for Nigerian music icons Wizkid and Davido. In response to Wizkid’s recent philanthropy towards rising hypeman GEO, Portable took to his Instagram account to remind everyone that he was the catalyst behind Wizkid’s initial inclination to show love to the streets.


Portable’s claims find merit in a previous appearance on The Honest Bunch Podcast, where he urged Wizkid, Davido, and Burna Boy to “show love to the trenches.” Following Wizkid’s generous gift of 20 million naira to GEO after the viral success of Portable’s single “Big Wizzy (Italawa),” Portable has now voiced his own request in a video.


In the video, Portable made it clear that he wasn’t seeking financial assistance from Wizkid; instead, he expressed his desire to collaborate with the Afrobeats megastar on a future project. He also extended a similar request to Davido, asking for a “life-changing verse.”



Portable, who rose to prominence with the Olamide Baddo-assisted hit single “Zazzu Zeh,” has been actively seeking collaborations with A-list artists. This move follows previous calls to other industry heavyweights such as Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, and Asake as he pursues his superstar ambitions.


Despite no responses from the artists on his wish list, Portable remains undeterred in his pursuit of notable collaborations, displaying resilience and determination in his quest for a breakthrough in the Nigerian music scene.

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Ruger’s ‘Asiwaju’ reigns supreme: Most streamed song in Sub-Saharan Africa on Spotify in 2023



Ruger's 'Asiwaju' reigns supreme: Most streamed song in Sub-Saharan Africa on Spotify in 2023

In a resounding celebration of the global dominance of Nigerian mainstream music, Afrobeats has emerged triumphant on Spotify’s list of the most streamed songs in sub-Saharan Africa for 2023. Notably, eight Nigerian songs have claimed spots in the top 10, underlining the genre’s continuous ascent on the international stage.

Leading the pack is Ruger’s chart-topping single ‘Asiwaju,’ a smash hit that has resonated across the continent and secured its status as the most streamed song in sub-Saharan Africa for the year. The accomplishment highlights Ruger’s prowess and the widespread acclaim his music has garnered.

Following closely at the second spot is Ayra Starr with her sensational track ‘Rush,’ a global hit that propelled her into the international spotlight and earned her a Grammy nomination for Best African Music Performance. The recognition affirms Ayra Starr’s rising influence in the music industry.

Claiming the fourth spot is the award-winning superstar Asake with ‘Lonely At The Top,’ a compelling single from his sophomore album ‘Work of Art.’ Asake’s ability to blend impactful lyrics with infectious beats has solidified his position among the musical elite.

Omah Lay, one of the most streamed artists in sub-Saharan Africa for 2023, secures the fifth spot with ‘Soso.’ His consistent chart presence reflects the profound impact he continues to have on the music scene.

Notably, Davido makes a double appearance on the list with ‘Feel’ and ‘Unavailable’ claiming the sixth and seventh spots, respectively. The versatility and popularity of Davido’s music are underscored by his dual presence in the top 10.

The complete list of the most streamed songs on Spotify in sub-Saharan Africa for 2023 is as follows:

1. Ruger – Asiwaju
2. Ayra Starr – Rush
3. Tyler ICU – Mnike (feat. DJ Maphorisa, Nandipha808, Cecka RSA & Tyron Dee)
4. Asake – Lonely At The Top
5. Omah Lay – Soso
6. Davido – Feel
7. Davido – Unavailable ft. Musa Keys
8. Libianca – People
9. Burna Boy – Last Last
10. BNXN – GWAGWALADA ft Kizz Daniel, Seyi Vibez

This remarkable achievement not only underscores the influence of Nigerian artists but also highlights the diverse talent and global appeal of Afrobeats. As the genre continues to dominate international music charts, artists like Ruger, Ayra Starr, and Davido are at the forefront of shaping the contemporary sound that resonates with audiences across the world.

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