When we argue the best of 2016, two names stand out.
Wizkid and Falz have broken boundaries and set standards in their own ways.
A few weeks ago, Davido confessed he deserves no award this year and we agree. Despite many collaborations in 2016, the Sony Music star only dropped his first single of the year in September.
Olamide on his part has put out good content, but none can be compared with ‘Bobo’ that got American music star, Ciara dancing on the streets of Lagos.
So when we argue the best of 2016, two names stand out.
While Wizkid concentrated on building and cementing his international brand, Falz held it down locally and so far, they’ve done remarkably well.
Let’s look at their achievements this year.
Wizkid has featured in a number of the biggest songs in Nigeria, and the world, evident from the list below.
One Dance – Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla
Feeling the Beat – DJ Jimmy Jatt featuring Wizkid
Mamcita – Tinie Tempah featuring Wizkid
Bad – Tiwa Savage featuring Wizkid
Bamilo – May D featuring Wizkid
This Kind Luv – Patoranking featuring Wizkid
Oshe – Del B featuring Wizkid and Reminisce
Erima – DJ Big N featuring Wizkid and Dr Sid
Make we run? – CDQ featuring Wizkid
You have to agree Wizkid has had it major this year, not to mention there may be a handful more to come as he hinted recently.
But that’s not to say Falz has not held it down this year too. Check out his collaborations this year.
Bahd Baddo Baddest featuring Olamide and Davido
Bad Gang – Ajebutter22 featuring Falz
Chardonnay Music featuring Chyn and Poe
Regards To Your Mumsi- featuring Ajebutter22 and Fresh L
Boosit – Cobhams Asuquo featuring Falz
Biggy Man – Reekado Banks featuring Falz
Caro – DJ Kaywise featuring Tekno and Falz
Wizkid performing at the One Music Africa festival
Starboy’s work has seen him get a number of nods for different awards, most of which have not held their award ceremony.
MTV African Music Awards – Personality of the Year – Not decided
MTV African Music Awards – Best Male Act – Not decided
MTV European Music Awards – Best African Act – Not decided
AFRIMMA – Best Male Artiste,Western Africa – Not decided
AFRIMMA – Artiste of the Year – Not decided
AFRIMMA – Song of the Year In Africa (Final: Baba Nla) – Not decided
MOBO Awards’ Best African Act – Not decided
Nollywood actor Desmond Elliot and Falz at the 2016 AMVCAs.
As for Falz, the bahd guy already has a handful in the bag while waiting on winning a few more before year end.
AMVCA Best Actor in a Comedy Movie/Series – Won (Jenifa’s Diary)
Nigeria Music Video Awards’ Best Afro Hip Hop Video – Won (Karashika)
2016 City People Entertainment Awards’s Album of the year – Won (Stories That Touch)
Nigeria Entertainment Awards’ Album of the Year – Nominated for ‘Stories That Touch’
Nigeria Entertainment Awards’ Best Music Video – Nominated for ‘Karashika’
AFRIMMA – Revelation of the Year – Not decided
Falz and Simi are presently having a working relationship.
Falz has signed several endorsement deals so far this year, from sport betting agencies to telcos and more.
Wizkid and Justine Skye
On Wizkid’s part, he unveiled three new acts under his Starboy Entertainment Worldwide in May; Efya, R2Bess and Mr. Eazi.
The two artistes have evidently done great work throughout 2016, but if you had to choose who your favourite based on all the above, who would you pick?