The just concluded Headies 2015 awards has been the most controversial of its kind since its origin 10 years ago continuing a beef that started at the last edition after Reekado Banks carted away the ” Rookie of the year “, a category that had Lil Kesh and Kiss Daniel in it.
It took me downhill to think who passes these judgment at such prestigious awards because it is never really about the plaque that is given out but about the RECOGNITION OF THE WORKS that these celebrated individuals have put out.
What qualifies these individuals to pass judgment in this field? Are they known and respected in their industry? What are their achievements? Who you choose as judges will impact on the perceived integrity of your awards, so select carefully.
In addition to this, it’s important they can judge independently and fairly and are not seen to be biased towards any candidate or company. You will also need to implement a voting system in case the judges cannot come to a unanimous decision.
It is not just a voting system that will fully determine who wins an award just like its not just an examination that determine which student gets an A. The credibility of an award should allow both judges and voters decide who wins an award.
Looking at The Headies critically, one will see artistes sponsored by/have affiliation with the telecom giants( MTN ) have better chances of wining bigger awards than other nominees.
Award organizers are losing credibility in Nigeria because some higher ups are buying their way leaving the hard workers not eager to participate in such already decided game. Not receiving awards has never really stopped acts from reaching their peaks as Snoop Dogg, Tu Pac, Biggie never won an award.
Competition is key to every striving industry in the world and hard work have gotten most of these entertainers to their levels. In the words of the revered rapper J.Cole “Deep down every poet just want to be recognized ” .
In latter awards, I hope the right man wins the recognition he deserves.
Folasade Olatunji, an award winning Radio/Television Presenter, Red Carpet Host, Model and Blogger who started her career with Tv3 Nigeria, operated by Disc Communication Company as a Presnter in 2006, is a Native of Ogun State, born and breed in Lagos, studied Business Administration at the Fedral Polytecnic Ilaro and recieved Diploma in Presentation at the Pencil Film Institute (PEFTI).
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