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FULL LIST: Davido, Burna Boy, Wizkid, others shortlisted for 26th MOBO awards

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Nigerian superstars, Davido, Burna Boy, and Wizkid alongside five other Nigerian artistes have been nominated for the forthcoming MOBO Awards, an annual celebration recognising excellence in “music of black origin” in the UK.

MOBO made this known in a statement shared on its X account on Thursday.

The announcement also revealed that Adekunle Gold, Asake, Ayra Starr, Burna Boy, Davido, Rema, and Wizkid are all contenders in the Best African Music Act category.

Additionally, Nigerian gospel singer, Samuel Onwubiko, aka Limoblaze, was also nominated for the Best Gospel Act category.

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In the previous year, nine Nigerian artistes received nominations for African Act of the Year, including Burna Boy, Adekunle Gold, Tems, Asake, Rema, Oxlade, Omah Lay, and Fireboy DML.

The 26th edition of the awards is scheduled to take place at the Utilita Arena Sheffield on February 7, 2024.

Here is the full list of all the 2023 Nominees:

BEST MALE ACT
Central Cee
Dave
D-block Europe
J Hus
Nines
Stormzy

BEST FEMALE ACT
Flo
Jorja Smith
Little Simz
Mahalia
Pinkpantheress
Raye

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ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Ezra Collective – Where I’m Meant To Be
J Hus – Beautiful and Brutal Yard
Little Simz – No Thank You
Potter Payper – Real Back In Style
Raye – My 21st Century Blues
Stormzy – This Is What I Mean

SONG OF THE YEAR
Central Cee & Dave – ‘Sprinter’
J Hus Feat. Drake – ‘Who Told You’
Jorja Smith – ‘Little Things’
Pinkpantheress & Ice Spice – ‘Boys A Liar PT.2’
Raye & 070 Shake – ‘Escapism’
Stormzy – ‘Hide & Seek’

BEST NEWCOMER
Ama Lou
Antslive
Debbie
Jayo
Nippa
No Guidnce
Rimzee
Strandz
Tamera
Tunde

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Antslive – ‘Number One Candidate’ (Directed By Tom Emmerson)
Enny – ‘No More Naija Men’ (Directed By Otis Dominique)
Jords – ‘Dirt In The Diamond Ep1: Mobay Feat. Tay Iwar / Stay Close Feat. Kranium’ (Directed By Renee Maria Osubu)
Little Simz – ‘Gorilla’ (Directed By Dave Meyers)
Stormzy – ‘Mel Made Me Do It’ (Directed By Klvdr)
Tion Wayne – ‘Healing’ (Directed By Wowa)

BEST R&B/SOUL ACT
Bellah
Jaz Karis
Mahalia
Ragz Originale
Sampha
Sault

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BEST HIP HOP ACT
Avelino
Clavish
Digga D
Enny
Fredo
Giggs
Little Simz
Loyle Carner
Nines
Potter Payper

BEST GRIME ACT
Bugzy Malone
Duppy
Flowdan
Manga Saint Hilare
Novelist
P Money

BEST DRILL ACT
Central Cee
Headie One
K-trap
Kwengface
M24
Russ Millions
Teezandos
Unknown T

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT (US)
governmentDoja Cat
Drake & 21 Savage
Travis Scott
Ice Spice
Latto
Lil Uzi Vert
Nicki Minaj
Sexyy Red
Sza
Victoria Monet

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TV SHOW/FILM
governmentAdjani Salmon As Kwabena – Dreaming Whilst Black
Damson Idris As Franklin Saint – Snowfall
Déja J. Bowens As Vita – Champion
Idris Elba As Sam – Hijack
India Amarteifio As Queen Charlotte – Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
John Boyega As Fontaine – They Cloned Tyrone
Lashana Lynch As Izogie – The Woman King
Letitia Wright As Shuri – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Malcolm Kamulete As Bosco – Champion
Vivian Oparah As Yas – Rye Lane

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BEST MEDIA PERSONALITY
Alison Hammond
Amelia Dimoldenberg
Henrie Kwushue
Madame Joyce
Maya Jama
Pressed Podcast
Remi Burgz
Shxtsngigs
Specs Gonzalez
Zeze Millz

BEST AFRICAN MUSIC ACT
Adekunle Gold (NIGERIA)
Asake (NIGERIA)
Ayra Starr (NIGERIA)
Burna Boy (NIGERIA)
Davido (NIGERIA)
Libianca (CAMEROON)
Rema (NIGERIA)
Tyla (SOUTH AFRICA)
Uncle Waffles (ESWATINI)
Wizkid (NIGERIA)

BEST CARIBBEAN MUSIC ACT
Byron Messia
Destra
Kabaka Pyramid
Popcaan
Shenseea
Valiant

BEST JAZZ ACT
Blue Lab Beats (UK)
CKTRL (UK)
Ezra Collective (UK)
Masego (US)
Reuben James (UK)
Yazmin Lacey (UK)

BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ACT
With Marshall
Alt Blk Era
Arlo Parks
Deijuvhs
Kid Bookie
Skindred
Young Fathers

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BEST ELECTRONIC/DANCE ACT
Aluna
NIA Archives
Pinkpantheress
Salute
Shygirl
TSHA

BEST PRODUCER
Inflo
Kyle Evans
M1onthebeat
P2J
Steel Banglez
TSB

BEST GOSPEL ACT
Annatoria (UK)
Calledout Music (UK)
Guvna B (UK)
Limoblaze (NIGERIA)
Tofunmi Adorna (UK)
Triple O (UK)

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Actress Obey Etok Chima loses father on eve of husband’s funeral

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Nollywood actress Obey Etok Chima has sadly experienced the loss of her father, occurring just hours before the scheduled burial of her husband.

Taking to her social media platforms, the actress shared the heartbreaking news of her father’s passing.

On Facebook, Obey revealed that her father departed in the early hours of Thursday morning, lamenting the timing as it coincided with the eve of her husband’s funeral.

Expressing her grief, she wrote, “What a tragedy, 2024. I just lost my dad early hours of yesterday 11th April. Just a day to bury my husband. It is well.”

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Via her Instagram account, Obey further reflected on the sorrowful happenings, describing the loss of her father as “another blow” amidst the already sorrowful occasion of her husband’s burial.

“Another blow on me. I just lost my dad and I am burying my husband today. It is well oo,” she penned.

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VeryDarkMan denies rumorus of leaked sex tape

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Some time ago, rumours were circulating that VeryDarkMan was involved in a scandalous video of a homosexual nature, partly instigated by Bobrisky, with whom VeryDarkMan had previous conflicts.

VeryDarkMan took to Instagram to address the issue directly, sending a message to curious Nigerians.

“All the people when say them get video of me and man,till now none of them drop video 2 if anybody get video E for don leak by now.internet is a yeye place……one thing about me I will show you evidences Good evidences……them get video na hin them no leak am since • all those things was to make vdm not talk about evuuul again..there is a reason i confessed all my sins before starting this whole online fyghtyn against evulll in the society.”

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Junior Pope: Ini Edo mourns, calls for reforms in Nollywood

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Nollywood actress Ini Edo has responded to the tragic death of her colleague, Junior Pope Odonwodo, famously known as Junior Pope, who lost his life in a river while filming a movie.

Expressing her anger, Ini criticized the inadequate structure of the industry, which she believes was responsible for to such tragedies.

She mourned the loss of the actor and emphasized that his death should serve as a wake-up call for the implementation of proper regulations and structures to ensure safety during productions.

Ini trolled her colleague, Adanma Luke, who produced movie, urging those who are not qualified for such roles to refrain from undertaking them due to the negligence that can result.

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The actress, who is also a mother, described Junior Pope’s death as a sacrifice that should prompt significant changes within the industry.

She stressed the need for a comprehensive overhaul of the system, with the implementation of practical rules and regulations to address emergencies and safeguard everyone involved.

Reflecting on the untimely loss of Junior Pope, she lamented the departure of the “good ones” and expressed deep sorrow over his death.

“Jnr Pope did not have to sacrifice his life for nollywood to realize the need for a long and much needed regulatory structure that would safeguard an entire production . Yes .. every one is a producer now and all are guilty of negligence of some sort.. and this has to stop. This is one sacrifice too many and must count for something … The system has to undergo a total overhaul with practical rules and regulations that caters to everyone in cases of emergencies…. I will never understand why the good ones go so soon‍♀️

Rest on brother … This one cuts really deep.”

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