No one remembers who won wat at the 2015 Headies held on the first day of 2016 but everyone can remember that the year in beefs started on stage when rapper Olamide interrupted proceedings to express his displeasure at the apparent snub of his protégé Lil Kesh for the Next Rated trophy. Don Jazzy whose artiste Reekado Banks won at Lil Kesh’s expense took it as a personal affront and called egbon Olamide out on stage. Olamide then went on a Twitter melt down where he purged his mind and declared himself King of the streets. Oh! and he advised we leave trash for LAWMA.
Lagos Fashion and Design Week
For four straight days, the Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week held Nigeria – and, to a large extent, Africa – spellbound, as it ‘connected the dots’ between the aesthetics of fashion, the commerce of fashion, and all other important aspects of the fashion industry at a level never seen before. The collections on display; from Mai Atafo to Ejiro Amos Tafari affirmed the creativity, ingenuity and enterprise of the fashion industry.
Mark Zuckerberg visits Lagos
Because when the most important man in social media visits, it is an event in itself. The Facebook founder crept into Lagos, unannounced, like a thief in the night and wowed the entire country, as he headed straight to the tech cluster in Yaba. Soon Zuckerberg was crossing the Lekki-Ikoyi bridge, meeting with Nollywood royalty and government big wigs but the fact that his first visit to Sub Saharan Africa started in Yaba was proof that greatness is expected from the young tech heads domiciled in that corner of the country. Of course the Internet lost its collective minds.
One Africa Music Fest
The One Africa Music Fest held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn is the biggest gathering of Africans artistes in the diaspora. Hosted by Banky W and featuring his former muse Wizkid as headliner, the eventin its first year, also featured performances by Tiwa Savage, Flavour, Don Jazzy, Davido, Diamond Platnumz, Seun Kuti and Jidenna.
The Summer Olympics
Few events unite the world like the once-in-four-years sporting extravaganza that is the Olympic Games. For 2016, the whole world moved to Rio where more than 11,000 athletes from 205 countries competed for 306 sets of medals in 28 Olympic sports. The games survived controversies like the instability of the country’s federal government; health and safety concerns surrounding the Zika virus and a doping scandal involving Russia.