Nigerian singer and Zazu hitmaker Mr Habeeb Okikiola popularly known as Portable has reacted to the decision by organizers of The Headies to disqualify him from this year’s event despite securing two nominations.
In a video posted to his Instagram, the musician revealed he is least perturbed by the decision of the award organizers and does not regret his actions. He revealed he appreciates the love from the street that has got him going all this while.
On Tuesday, July 27, 2022, the organizers of The Headies in a lengthy statement explained their reasons for disqualifying the Zazu hitmaker.
They cited a number of incidents including “the incessant negative attention that Mr Okikiola has garnered from the Nigeria Police and the general public in recent times.”
It also made reference to a recent video in which the musician threatened to kill other competitors in his nominated categories should they win over him.
Read the full statement below;
“We regret to announce that following numerous indicting statements made by Mr. Habeeb Okikiola popularly known as “Portable”, and the incessant negative attention that Mr Okikiola has garnered from the Nigeria Police and the general public in recent times, the organisers of the Headies have resolved to disqualify Mr Okikiola as a nominee at the forthcoming 15th Headies Awards.
The decision to disqualify Mr. Okikiola is accentuated by a series of misdemeanours by Mr Okikiola via his social media platforms. On the 25th of May 2022, he threatened to kill, harm or cause harm to the other nominees in the same categories of awards he was nominated for, if he does not emerge the winner, precisely;
“Those are my awards. Anybody else who wins, I will ask for them to be killed. I will ask them to kill the person. If the organizers give my award to someone else, they will die”. —Mr. Habeeb Okikiola.
On the 18th of July 2022, Mr Okikiola published a video on his social media platforms where he stated that he is the founder of the notorious cult group, ‘One Million Boys’.
The said group gained notoriety for maiming and robbing innocent Nigerians over the years. In his words, he said; “Have you heard of Ajah boys, One Million Boys? I established them.” Furthermore, on the 17th of June 2022, Mr. Habeeb Okikiola made a recording of himself where he ordered his group of friends to assault and inflict bodily harm on his accused friend, DJ Chicken.
In his words, he said; “E no eleyi paa jo!” (beat him mercilessly!)
Smooth Promotions Limited, the organisers of the Headies Awards is a law-abiding and responsible organization that abhors any form of violence, unlawful gathering or activities ravaging our society.
We shall not condone reckless and uncouth statements from artists and hereby disassociate ourselves from any individual linked to such assembly or activities including Mr. Okikiola’s prospects as long as these acts are sufficiently linked to him as described.
The music industry demands all-around excellence. It is extremely important for young artists being potential role models to exude professional responsibility, proper decorum and have respect for others.
Being subject of an investigation relating to criminal activities, Mr Habeeb Okikiola is hereby disqualified from both categories of awards at the forthcoming 15th Annual Readies Awards scheduled to hold later this year namely:
1. Best Street Artist 2. Rookie of the Year
The public is hereby assured of our commitment to promote talents and individuals of exemplary character in the best interest of our society.”