BY ROTIMI AGBANA
The 22nd edition of the prestigious MOBO awards, (Music of Black Origin), held during the week at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, United Kingdom, with Nigeria’s self styled lion, Wizkid, winning the award for Best International Act, edging out international stars; Drake, Jayz, Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B, SZA among others, while Davido, who performed at the awards beat Wizkid, Mr. Eazi, Maleek Berry, Sarkodie, Eugy, Juls, among others to win the Best African Act award.
Music pundits may be tempted to argue that the ‘If’ crooner has so far won the supremacy tussle because he has triumphed over Wizkid seven times in award categories both of them were nominated and also recently edging him out at the 2017 MTV EMA by winning the Best African Act award, he still seems to be at a frustrating loss as Wizkid holds the bragging rights over him for winning the Best International Act at the just concluded MOBO awards, Best African Act, Africa Category, at the 2017 BET awards in which they were both nominated, including Song of the year and Artiste of the Year Awards at AFRIMA 2017.
Frankly speaking, in head-to-head situations, Davido’s award shelf is definitely taking baby steps compared to the giant strides Wizkid’s shelf boasts of.
Meanwhile, President Buhari, former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Senator Ben Bruce, Don Jazzy, Banky W, Terry G, among many others, have congratulated and continued to celebrate both pop stars.
While congratulating Wizkid on his Facebook page, former President, Goodluck Jonathan, expressed profound happiness at Wizkid’s win.
“When Nigeria does well, I cannot help but feel well. My happiness is tied to the happiness of Nigeria and when Nigerians break records and take the name of Nigeria to greater heights, it exhilarates me.
Thank you Wizkid, for raising Nigeria’s flag high for the positive, not the negative. Your emergence as the Best International Act at the MOBO awards is a proud moment for Nigeria. And the fact that you emerged over Jay Z and Drake makes it even more celebratory. Well done” GEJ wrote.
Also congratulating Wizkid on Twitter, for making Nigeria proud was Senator Ben Bruce. “Dear @wizkidayo, I‘ve been in the entertainment business as an investor since 1980 and one of my proudest moments for Nigerian music is the day you defeated both Jayz and Drake, two of the biggest stars in the world, to win the Best international Act at the MOBO awards, well done” he wrote.
Mavin Records henchman, Don Jazzy, couldn’t hide his excitement; he took to Instagram to celebrate both artistes, crowning them the kings of Nigerian music.
“Congrats kings; we’re proud of you guys, Nigeria, Africa. We can all fly, see sky, make we fly”, he wrote.