What they didn’t tell you about the Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) 2014

– Harrysong’s biggest winner

– Minute-by-minute account

The eighth edition of the most-consistent and cause-driven awards show in Nigeria, the Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA), held November 26, 2014 at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island (Lagos) with Beta Pikin crooner, Harrysong (Mr. Songz) emerging the highest winner of the night with two prizes.

On the night of the breathtaking show of music dexterity by some artistes who performed with a live band, Mr. Songz won the awards for the Best Pop Extra Video with My Story and Best Contemporary Afro Video with his tune, Kolombo.

NMVA happenstances: Minute-by-minute account of how Nigeria’s most-consistent went down on November 26, 2014, @ Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos…

20:30 Guests, including nominees and industry movers and shakers, strutted the red carpet, posing for the paparazzi and granting interviews.

20:51 Guests were requested to take their seats in the auditorium.

20:56 Blackwell Live Band, took over from DJ who had an amazing job, serenaded the now-seated guests with some blues. The guests, in turn, nodded and swayed to the spine-tinging tunes.

21:10 The band was still doing their thing…

21:15 Kid star, Chyko Boy (a nominee of the night) opened the show with an energetic performance of his hit song, Boy Chyko.

21:20 Rapper and broadcaster, Queen Moda (also a nominee) lit up the stage with her killer rhymes and punch lines.

21:26 The long wait was over as the host was unveiled. It’s Africa’s numero uno turntable king – Cool DJ Jimmy Jatt!

21:33 First awards presentation of the night…Actor, Gideon Okeke and Femi of Ben TV were on stage. Nikki Laoye won Best Soft Rock/Alternative Video with Only Yo’ as 13-year-old Mya K clincheed Best Video by a minor (person under the age of 18) with her Special friends.

21:39 Representing the Lagos State Governor, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Inter-governmental Relations, Mrs. Funmilayo Balogun on stage with a message from the governor. She urgeed youth to shun violence of all forms, especially during this electioneering period.

21:41 Award presentation… Joe El took home the award for Best Video by a New Act with Oya Now (which features Oritsefemi). Harrysong clinched the prize for the keenly-contested Best Pop Extra Video with My Story.

21:50 A documentary entitled: A World without Violence chronicled the evils and damaging effects of violence.

21:55 Fuji maestro, Ayuba and former Nigeria’s Most Beautiful Girl, Muna Abii was on stage to present the awards for the Best Afro Beat Video – which went to Oritsefemi for Double Wahala and Best Cinematography, which went to Timi Dakolo, who won in absentia with his love classic, Iyawo Mi.

22:02 Miss Lolola and Soul Muzik signee, Zaina electrified the audience with Lolola and Sarewale.

22:11 The musical Taliban, Oritsefemi was on stage with his award and performs Double Wahala, and the audience sang along.

22:17 Joe El, a winner, performed a raggae version of his song, You’re In Love with the live band. He didn’t stop there, however, as he also perform Oya Now which won him the award on the night. Oritsefemi, featured on the song, joins him to set the stage on fire – it was a performance reminiscent of the Abami eda himself, the legendary Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

22:29 Ecstatic Sammy Okposo won Best Gospel Video with Who tell you say.

22:36 Sekem master, MC Galaxy raised the roof with his performance of Nek Unek and Sekem as he took home the Best Use of Dance in a Video prize for Sekem.

22:44 The refreshingly beautiful Niyola performed Toh Bad live.

22:57 Broadcaster, Teddy Don-Momoh and Amaka Destiny presented Best Afro-Hip hop won by rapper and beat-maker, Suspect with Nsogbu.

23:04 Niyola won Best R’n’B video with Toh Bad. Giving her acceptance speech, she couldn’t hold back the tears as they rolled freely.

23:10 Rib cracker, Okey Bakassi and comic star actor, Osita Iheme presented the award for Best Highlife Video. Limpopo master, Kcee won with Ogadinma.

23:20 Best Use of Visual Effects went to Gbade Adetisola for Baba ti soro.

23:23 Best Contemporary Afro Video, Harrysong won again with Kolombo.

23:38 Best Director, Kemi Adetiba with Olamide’s Sitting on the Throne.

23:40 Mr. Cally Ikpe stepped on stage to reiterate the No violence stance of the NMVAs as he thanked all who made this year’s awards a success.

23:54 Mr. Songz proved his dexterity beyond doubt as he performed a freestyle to the tune of his hit, I’m in love.

00:22 Still partying on with 2Face Idibia…

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