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14th Headies ‘Best Street-Hop Artiste’ Award: Was Naira Marley Robbed? ~Omonaijablog

The 14th edition of prolific Ayo Animashaun's Headies which has been dubbed 'Nigerian Grammy Awards' has come and gone but, has left some ripples behind. 

The Nigerian award ceremony that was held on Sunday February 21, 2021 at La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria was supposed to take place in December 2020, but due to the COVID19 pandemic, it was shifted to February 2021.

Because of its endurance as well as its relative acceptability, many critics and analysts alike has ranked the award as the most reputable in the Nigerian entertainment industry.

Naira Marley

Many critics still stake their bet on Headies as the platform with the brightest chance to attain the heights that the like of Grammy Awards has attained, but with the announcement of some winners from the 14th Headies, Nigeria entertainment awards might still be on a long journey towards attaining the class of Grammy Awards.

To start with, how can you explain why singer Mayorkun would be declared the winner of the ‘Best Street-Hop Artiste’ category? 

‘Best Street-Hop Artiste’ a voting category for the artiste whose songs were inspired by the streets?

Winner of this category is expected to produce a song that is an anthem in the streets, which may also be originated by the artiste. So, who killed it back to back with 'streets' lingual in 2020 more than Naira Marley?

In these category, 'street singers' like; Naira Marley & Young John – “Mafo”, Mayorkun – “Geng”, Reminisce (featuring Olamide, Naira Marley) “Instagram”, Rudeboy – “Audio Money”, IVD & Zlatan – “Bolanle” and Olamide – “Pawon”, were all nominated but, declaring Maryokun winner is a 'daylight robbery'.


Maryokun won the award with his hit song “Geng”. He defeated Naira Marley, Reminisce, Rudeboy, Olamide, IVD and Zlatan to clinch the award.

Don't get it twisted, I'm not a Marlian. As a matter of fact, I am an ordained Deacon in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, but an entertainment content critic.

Although, credit must be given to the organizers for nominating these sets of 'street killers', but Naira Marley was clearly robbed! I know the street, I covers the street, I listen to the street and also appreciates contents from the street so, with all sincerity 'Mafo' was the 2020 street anthem. 'Omo iyami mafo', was clearly by distance the most used street word by all standards in 2020. Although, there was no theoretical or recorded facts for this but, practically for a 'street reporter' like I, the song and the artiste were robbed for not winning that category.


In fact, from my own point of view, 'Geng' should have come third behind; Naira Marley & Young John's – “Mafo” and Olamide's – “Pawon”. Yes that should have been its position. But only for it to be declared the winner.

Anyways, this should not be a stumbling block for the 'losers' but a challenge to motivate them to keep doing what they know how to do best.

And congratulations to my brother Adewale Mayowa Emmanuel, Aka Maryokun.

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