Nigerian rapper, Erhiga Agarivbie, also known as Erigga, has tackled Headies Award organisers after he failed to make the list of nominees for the 2023 edition.
The organizers of Nigeria’s most prestigious music award released the full list of nominees for the 16th edition of the Headies award early Wednesday, July 12.
The nomination process which started on May 22 and ended on Friday, June 16, 2023. It covers awards for musical acts and songs that were released between January 2022 and March 2023.
Burna Boy received the most nominations with an impressive total of 11, while his counterpart Davido was nominated in 5 categories.
Erigga took to his Twitter account to speak after he was snubbed and he said that is the reason he boycotts the event. According to Paper Boi, the Headies Awards failed disrespects the south-south too much and it failure to recognise musicians from the region was something he could not tolerate.
He shared a poster of his 2019 EP, The Erigma II and noted that he’s been boycotting the Headies award since that time.
“Na from here I don take boycott all these fuckers (headies) the disrespect was too much for the south south to take …. If you don’t like us and not going to respect our craft then it’s fxck you and everything u represent that’s it,” Erigga tweeted.
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In other news, On-Air Personality, Daddy Freeze has said music superstar, Wizkid is almost on the same level with late Afrobeats legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.
The media personality stated this in a video shared on his social media page while wading into the feud between Wiz and rappers in the industry.
It may be recalled that during an interview with 10 magazine the “Essence” crooner said rap is dead while arguing in favour of Afrobeats dominating the Hip Hop genre. According to the Starboy Entertainment founder, the Hip Hop artistes mostly rap on the same beats, and they have similar styles.
Wiz also said Nigerian rappers as non-rappers who lack development and went on to list the South Africa’s Nasty C and Ghana’s Sarkodie as the ‘real rappers’ in Africa. Subsequently, Wizkid received backlash mostly from Nigerian rap artistes who either responded to him online or released diss raps.
In reaction to the clash, Freeze opined that for Wizkid to have made that comment, it comes from a place of objectivity soaked in experience. He said the Ojuelegba crooner has achieved a lot and should be taken seriously whenever he gives constructive criticisms.
The OAP who aid he is backing Big Wiz further said only a handful of artistes in Nigeria can boast of the achievements attached to Wizkid’s name in the music industry.
Daddy Freeze said; When it comes to music in Nigeria as a whole, Wizkid is almost on the level of Fela then. What he (Wizkid) has been able to do, not many people can achieve it, when he says something, hear him out, there is one thing in me that makes me different from many people I might not like you but if you speak the truth I will support you…
The truth is the truth and it will set you free. When you see the truth and started ignoring the truth because of the person carrying the truth we become like Nigerian politicians, all of them are the same but they will make one look worse than the rest of them.