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NIGERIA ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY SHUTS DOWN NYC AT THE 8TH ANNUAL NEA AWARDS

By MAYVEN PR
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September 2, 2013 – New York, NY – The winners of the 8th annual Nigeria Entertainment Awards were announced yesterday in New York at the NYU Skirball Center of the performing Arts.

The 860-seat theater was full to capacity as tickets were sold out hours to the show; New York was definitely ready to see what this year's awards would serve up and the show did not disappoint. In attendance were Olamide aka 'Baddo', Iyanya (Kukere Master), Sean Tizzle, Dammy Krane, Phyno, Emma Nyra, Ajebutter, Ayo Jay, Niyola to mention a few. Representing for Nollywood were Rita Dominic, Ramsey Nouah, Ebbey Bassey, and Gbenro from Tinsel. Also in attendance were Akpororo, Elenu, and Ajebo representing for the comedians. Other industry members present were Ayo Shonaiya of R70, Ayo Animashaun, executive producer of The Headies Awards, Eric Idiahi CEO Spinlet Group, Matthew Ohio of Industry Nite, Ubi Franklin manager of MMMG label.

The show opened with a performance by Mish and the Calabar dancers, and then the host and the man in charge of the day, Basketmouth took to the stage to officially open the show and kept the audience laughing all through the show with his jokes. Other artists who took to the stage with great performances were Iyanya, Emma Nyra, EME's Niyola, Phyno, Ajebutter, Dammy Krane, Sean Tizzle and newcomer to the music scene Ayo Jay. Some of the winners of the night include Iyanya's Kukuere for Hottest Single of the Year, YBNL by Olamide for Best Album of the Year, Rita Dominic for Best Lead Actress in Film, and NotJustOk for Best Entertainment Blog. Although not an award category, the winner for most heartwarming moment goes to Dammy Krane who brought his Mom out while on stage, and announced that attending the NEA Awards afforded the opportunity to see his Mom, whom he had not seen in ten years.

The award show came to a close with Phyno and Olamide performing their hit song 'Ghostmode' together, and then Olamide shutting it down and getting the entire audience up on their feet by performing hit songs from his album. The audience loved every bit of it and was even more excited when he got off the stage and interacted with the audience while performing; they danced and sang along and the award show was transformed to a concert.

The NEA Awards executive producers are extremely thankful for a successful event especially to the sponsors, partners, team members and volunteers who made it all possible. Special thanks to Arik Air, MTech, YSGHubs, BeatFM 99.9, CoolFM 96.9, Soundcity, Statsmedia, Bella Naija, Mayven PR, Nigezie, Firematic Ent, Raging Bull Ent, UnderdaRock, EEC, 745 Entertainment – We look forward to doing this again next year, and making it even bigger and better.

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About NEA
The NEA AWARDS is an annual entertainment award show held in the United States, with the sole purpose of celebrating and recognizing the numerous contributions of entertainers to the African entertainment industry, while at the same time promoting the image and rich culture of Nigeria.
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2013 NIGERIA ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS WINNERS

BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR
YBNL - Olamide

HOTTEST SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Kukere – Iyanya

BEST NEW ACT OF THE YEAR
Burna Boy

GOSPEL ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Sammy Okposo

BEST POP/R&B ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Davido

BEST RAP ACT OF THE YEAR
Ice Prince

MUSIC PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Spellz

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Patrick Elis (Ghetto – Shank)

MOST PROMISING MALE ACT TO WATCH
Endia

MOST PROMISING FEMALE ACT TO WATCH
EmmaNyra

EASTERN AFRICAN ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Navio

WESTERN AFRICAN ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Sarkodie

SOUTHERN AFRICAN ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Zahara

BEST INTERNATIONAL ARTIST
JJC

BEST INDIGENOUS ARTIST/GROUP
Olamide

BEST COLLABO
GhostMode – Phyno feat. Olamide

BEST LEAD ACTOR IN FILM
OC UKEJE (Alan Posa)

BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN FILM
Rita Dominic (The Meeting)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN FILM
Ali Nuhu (Blood and Henna)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN FILM
Tunde Aladese (Confusion Na Wa)

BEST FILM DIRECTOR
Tunde Kelani (Maami)

BEST PICTURE (FILM PRODUCER)
Last Flight to Abuja (Obi Emelonye)

BEST TV SHOW
Big Brother Africa

PAN AFRICAN ACTOR
John Dumelo (Letters to My Mother)

PAN AFRICAN ACTRESS
Nadia Buari (Single & Married)

WORLD DJ
DJ BAYO (UK)

BEST COMEDIAN
Basketmouth

ENTERTAINMENT PROMOTER
Coko Bar

RADIO ON AIR/TV PERSONALITY
Freeze CoolFM

TV PERSONALITY
Labi Layori

ENTERTAINMENT BLOG
NotJustOk

ENTERTAINMENT EXECUTIVE
Jason Njoku

BEST INTL ACTORS
Dayo Okeniyi

BEST INTL ACTRESS
Hope Olaide Wilson