CONTROVERSY TRAILS NEA
The annual Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEA) in the United States of America has in the past few days come under great criticism by some of the Nigerians living in the Diaspora. Prominent among them is the Afrobeat artiste, Kola Ogunkoya popularly known as the Gbedu Master.
Kola and some other Nigerians in America have taken the awards to the cleaners alleging that it is not a credible one. They alleged that the people involved are only doing it for what they will get and not for the love and the development of the industry. One of the allegations was that they only give the awards to those in their caucus.
According to Kola, they are making Nigerian entertainers feel like fools. “Their award is just an attempt to mess up the integrity of Nigerians living here in America. Nobody even knew who he is except when he started his fake awards. America is easy to impress to get lots of support and money. None of us here will be against him if not for the fact that they use the name of our country to organise an award that has no credibility. As for me, I will never be part of it but I still want them to change the name from Nigeria Entertainment Awards to something else. We know how the award is being staged here and it is high time we stood our grounds”, Kola made this known to Seun Apara through an electronic mail.
The annual Nigeria Entertainment Awards started in the year 1997 in the United States of America. Previous winners of the awards include D’Banj, P-Square, Dekunle Fuji, Sammie Okposo and others. This year’s edition was held in Washington DC last night
. Some of this year’s nominees are J-martins, YQ, DJ Xchris, amongst others.