Visual Gossip from the NEA Awards

Posted: June 10, 2009 in What's going on...

Nigerian Entertainment Awards Held In Washington DC to Sparse Crowd, and Fewer Performers

By Hauwa R. Mukan

The 2009 NEA Awards were held this past Saturday, June 6th, 2009 at the Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium in Washington D.C.

The general public  cast their votes via internet in an effort to gauge the successes and contributions of Nigerian artists to the worldwide entertainment industry. The producers of this year’s Award Show were dedicated to promoting the image and rich culture of Nigeria and increasing awareness of the new, edgy style of African Entertainment that have helped in promoting Nigerian acts in mainstream America.

The venue was sparsely populated with supporters who journeyed down from New York in support of artists who were unable to make it to D.C to perform. The artist roster included Bigiano, Love, Darey, DJ Jimmy Jatt, DJ Tee, eLDee, Iceberg Slim, Jay Martins, the Midnight Crew Modele, Onos, Brisisi, Toba Gold, Weird MC, YQ and Banky W.

MI and D’Banj were this year’s top winners, and Darey, elDee and Banky W took home awards as well. None of the aforementioned were present to accept their awards to the chagrin of the organizers. The artists were however spotted at the Caliente Club on Lagos Island, performing their hits to a mob of adulating fans and club going supporters.

Photos by Wunika Mukan

Seems the stars didn't come out for the NEAs

Seems the stars didn't come out for the NEAs

It helps to have several pretty dates!

It helps to have several pretty dates!

Sweetie, you're wearing a shirt!

Sweetie, you're wearing a shirt!

The yummy-mummies

The yummy-mummies

Miss Nigeria in America - yes, that's her official title

Miss Nigeria in America - yes, that's her official title

  • "I'm the twee lace cut-out fairy!" Ah bless!
  • “I’m the twee lace cut-out fairy!” Ah bless!Could she be standing beside a mirror...I wonder? [Stroke chin meditatively]
  • Could she be standing beside a mirror…I wonder? [Stroke chin meditatively]
  • Nothing says I'm a Nigerian who has never been to Naija like this get-up. Precious!

    Nothing says I'm a Nigerian who has never been to Naija like this get-up. Precious!

    What is this? Did Destiny's Child reunite for the NEAs?

    What is this? Did Destiny's Child reunite for the NEAs?

    Nah! It's just these sistas...Ok, girls, dodge the hater-bullets!

    Nah! It's just these sistas...Ok, girls, dodge the hater-bullets!

    There are so many things that are right about this outfit...but not at the same time

    There are so many things that are right about this outfit...but not at the same time

    Like my new-found soulmates at GoFugYourself would say: "Crotchtacular!"

    Like my new-found soulmates at GoFugYourself would say: "Crotchtacular!"

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