Ayo Animashaun: Olamide didn’t vote Lil Kesh at 2015 Headies

Ayo Animashaun, founder of the Headies, says Olamide did not vote Lil Kesh for the ‘Next Rated Act’ of the award in 2015 despite faulting the organisers for not giving the gong to him

In 2015, Reekado Banks, signed to Mavin Records then, had snagged the category of the Headies aimed at celebrating outstanding achievements in the Nigerian music industry.

But the ‘Rock’ crooner had blasted the award’s organisers at the time, claiming that Like Kesh, who was signed into YBNL then, deserved to win the award.

Don Jazzy, Mavin’s CEO, had however hit back at Olamide when he was called up to receive a special recognition award for his role in the entertainment industry.

Oga Olamide, if you want the car (that comes with the next rated category) come and take it,” Don Jazzy had said, igniting a heated face-off between the pair at the time.

Reflecting on the incident during the latest episode of #WithChude, Animashaun said it is wrong for people to believe an artiste is simply entitled to win a category of an award without voting for them.

The media mogul, who doubles as HipTV founder, also explained that months after the award event, Olamide visited him at the office where he showed the rapper how the winner was selected.

“Months (after the Olamide/Don Jazzy blowout), when Olamide came to my office, I showed him the log – I have the log on my phone – even he didn’t vote!” he said.

“So some categories, it’s okay to look at it and say ‘Na him get am, Na him get am’ but it doesn’t work like that. So if you say ‘abeg don’t mind the headies’ of course don’t mind the headies but did you vote?!

“A lot of people use mouth to vote. For voting categories, you don’t vote for them, they don’t win. Simple!”

Animashaun also recounted his early days trying a establish himself in the country’s showbiz landscape and how he almost gave up on the Headies after enduring frustration from people

He said fears of not having anything concrete to show in the future inspired him to brace the odds, including fight off Heritage Bank over an alleged attempt to close Hip Tv and Smooth Productions.

“In 2015, I spoke to myself a lot. I said to myself, ‘in another 15 years, when my children ask me what I did with my youth and how I spent my money, would I be showing them videos of the Awards?” he recalled.

“Would I be showing them videos of the awards when my friends are showing properties and houses?’ So, I said I am not going back.

“There is nothing as good as being consistent. The excuse I gave myself was – if I stop right now and somebody steps in the room, all the hard work I have put in, it’s the new guy that will get the credit. And if there is money to be made, it’s the new guy that will make the money.”


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