“Know yourself, know your worth” – Wizkid speaks after BET Awards 2016


Nigerian recording artist, songwriter, performer and arguably the biggest artist on the African continent at the moment Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, better known by his stage name Wizkid has uttered his first words after snubbing the 2016 BET Awards which was recently held in Los Angeles.

The musician who neither partook in the promotion (prior to the event) nor attend the event although he was present in Los Angeles where the event took place, in a series of tweets reminded his followers he knew his worth and was not ready to fall for anything less.

It can be recollected that Wizkid and Ghanaian Afrobeats artist Fuse ODG took the same stands last year boycotting the BET Awards in what they described as a total disrespect to African artists.

Is Wizkid being arrogant or a clear case of knowing his worth as his tweets say?

Could Wizkid’s utterance also be the reason he did not win this year’s award?

Well, what do you expect when an artist openly declares he’s not interested in an awards scheme? Perhaps, a similar case of that of Ghanaian dancehall artist Shatta Wale, just that, he (Wizkid) did not insult/utter unprintable words at the awards and the organization.

This year’s award was won by legendary South African producer and DJ, Black Coffee and in as much as South Africa celebrates the win, many others across the continent believe Wizkid best deserved the award considering how big he has grown within the year under review and his dominance not just in Africa but across the world.

Last Summer, Wizkid had one of the biggest hit singles “Ojuelegba” which had Drake and Skepta jump on it for a remix. The song enjoyed heavy rotation worldwide and had endorsements from several celebrities around the globe.

This year, it is no news that he co-wrote, co-produced and featured on the hottest song of this summer, One Dance by Drake. which has been the longest running number one single in the UK’s digital music history, as well as the longest running number one single this year on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2016.

Interestingly, several websites including Billboard, Hiphopdx and others listed Wizkid as a winner in the Best International Act, Africa category causing confusion in the minds of many as to who really won. A change has so far been effected on several websites however, Wikipedia still maintains Wizkid as the winner.

Check from below.

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Remember, South African hip hop artist Cassper Nyovest who was also nominated for Best International Act, Africa category stated in an interview with Sway Calloway on Sway In The Morning that Wizkid is the biggest artist on the continent at the moment.

Wizkid jointly won the Best International Act, Africa award with Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie at the 2012 BET Awards.

What do you think about this year’s BET Awards and were you surprised at Wizkid’s loss?

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