Don Jazzy/Olamide HEADIES Fiasco: YES, WE WILL TAKE ACTION – Ayo Animashaun (Headies’ boss)
By Joachim Ayoze:
At last, the executive producer of Nigeria’s major awards for urban contemporary music, the Headies, Ayodele Animashaun, has broken his silence on the well-publicized spat between popular icons of street music, Don Jazzy and Olamide.
The two label owners clashed verbally on the awards stage minutes after receiving trophies for individual honours. Olamide initially reacted angrily to his stable ward, Lil’ Kesh missing out in the hotly contested Next Rated category (which comes with a brand new car). It was won by Ricardo Banks (a Jazzy acolyte). Olamide was also alleged to have thrashed and destroyed the “green room” (the waiting/changing room for performers) on his way to ignoring his last award, the prestigious Artiste of the year category.
Subsequent follow-up tease from Jazzy appeared to have blown the skirmishes sky high, with vitriolic tweets from Olamide giving birth to abusive and hateful outbursts from fans of both camps worldwide.
Ayo opened up on late night talk- show, FAJALIVE, Friday, January 22: “Everybody that was nominated deserved an award… There are rules and technicalities involved… most people did not consider the “Year in Review”. For the last award it was between July 2014 and June 2015…. Secondly, some of these categories are clearly and boldly written “Voting Categories” …so when Mr. A or B thinks whether he votes or not, he is going to win… I don’t know where they get that from…”
Speaking further, the young man who also operates wave-making urban music channel, HipTv declared: “You can disapprove an award… it’s ok to do so, you are human…the manner with which you disapprove is what we should question. You can’t come on live television to use profanity…you can’t come and break things… and destroy the green room… and punch an innocent fan trying to just show you love…you can’t display violent behaviour… because you didn’t win an award…it’s just an award!”
On possible action against the main culprit of that night, Olamide, he revealed: “We should take an action…what I do not do is let emotions get in the way…… the people who are in charge of such things…we have a disciplinary team for the Headies… they will recommend to us what we should do, and we are going to execute. Headies is not just a one man riot squad…I cannot just decide who to give awards to, or who sanction… there are major players in the entertainment industry who will sit, vote and decide, and will report to us what should be done.”