For a nation that boasts of at least 500,000 known/wannabee rappers, that has dominated the music scene across Africa and has even succeeded in taking the music global.
A nation that boasts of a huge hiphop following and has produced the likes of Eedris Abdulkareem, Mode9, M.I and Ice Prince who have done well in that category at previous awards across the continent in past years, a non-Nigerian name in the Hiphop category at the recently released KORA nominees list sticks out more obviously than a sore thumb.
This follows the snub also recorded at the AFRIMA 2015, where acts like Ghana’s Eden, Cameroon’s J’ovi and Gabon’s NG Bling got nominations ahead of Nigerian artistes.
In a year where the likes of Reminisce made the Billboards list, following the successful release of his album. A year where Olamide had major hits and released his 5th album, with Phyno also faring well with hit singles and nationwide tours.
What then can be adduced to this snub from awards organizers in the continent or is it a case of over estimating the popularity of hip hop music in Nigeria beyond the shores of our terrain?
Below is the list of nominees for the best Hip Hop Artist KORA 2016, let’s look on the bright side though, the duo of South Africa’s A.K.A and Cassper Nyovest who have both had a successful year, somehow manages not to feature on the list also.
Best Hip Hop Artist
Hamzaoul Med Amine (Tunisia)
K.O (South Africa)
Stanley Enow (Cameroon)
Kiff No Beat (Cote d’ivoire)
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