Olamide needs help – Olumide Iyanda writes


    Olamide at the #Headies2015.
    In all of the distraction that followed Olamide’s reaction after his protégé, Lil Kesh, lost the Next Rated award to Reekado Banks at the Headies on January 1, one thing that has largely been glossed over is the state he was in before, during and after the event.
    The young man that went on stage with his YBNL crew that day could only have done something ‘show stopping’. You did not need a sixth sense to know he was as high as a kite.
    If anybody should complain about Lil Kesh’s loss, it definitely should not be Olamide. It was partly his label’s fault that the result didn’t go the way he wanted.
    Like the organisers said in a release on Monday, “The limit of our involvement in this voting process is to advice the nominees to engage their fans and solicit for their votes. We do not accept any responsibility for failure on the part of the nominees or their record label, when they fail to do this.”
    READ: We do not tamper with votes and results – Organizers issue statement on #Headies2015
    I served on the jury of the Headies for three years. While I admit that the adjudication process is not perfect, most of the controversies generated over the years are needless.
    Ten winners have won the Next Rated award since 2006. They include Asa, Overdose, Wande Coal, Omawumi, Wizkid, Davido and Patoranking.
    There were loud and muffled protests when Sean Tizzle was declared winner ahead of Burna Boy, Phyno, Seyi Shay and Dammy Krane in 2013. It was the same when Skuki beat General Pype, Mo’Cheddah, D’Prince and Jesse Jagz in 2010.
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    The hard truth however is that, like most prizes decided by public vote, the …Read More

    Source:: The NET