With all the Grammy nominations, new Federal Ministry of Art, Culture and the Creative Economy appointments and the promise of a Afrobeats Museum we’ve gotten so far, things are looking promising for the industry this year. Here’s everything we expect to happen.

Afrobeats gets a seat at the Grammy table

If you missed it, “Best African Music” has been added to the Grammy list of categories, and Nigerians dominated the nominations last year. Burna Boy’s Alone and Davido’s FEEL were also nominated for “Best Global Music Performance”. Blessing Offor, a Nigerian gospel singer, got two nominations. Rema, Bloody Civilian and Tems were on the Grammy-nominated Black Panther: Wakanda Forever album, Fireboy DML on Jon Baptiste’s nominated album, World Music Radio, and Janelle Monae’s nominated Age of Pleasure album brought in CKay and Seun Kuti.

Who said it’s not plenty for Nigerian music?

The new federal directors show themselves

January 12, 2024, came with the appointment of Nigerian creative industry figures like Obi Asika (Storm Records), Tola Akerele (Bogobiri House) and Ali Nuhu (Nollywood) into the Federal Ministry of Art, Culture and the Creative Economy. We can’t wait to see what they do first.

An Afrobeats museum

On January 13, 2024, we published a two-part story about why we need an Afrobeats museum, and what it would look like, which motivated pop culture journalist, Jide Taiwo, to announce the launch of his museum. We can’t wait to see this brilliant idea come to life.

Next Afrobeats Star

Ultima Studio, the makers of the now cancelled hit music talent show, Project Fame, are back with a replacement: Next Afrobeats Star. They haven’t revealed a launch date yet, but it’ll air for ten weeks, and the four judges are music producers, Sarz, Puffy-T, Andre Vibez and P.Priime — a huge win and recognition for our producers.

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AMVCA re-evaluation

MultiChoice’s Head of Content and Channels, West Africa, Dr Busola Tejumola, announced on January 15, that the categories of the famous Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) have been reduced from 33 to 27, to “meet global trends and standards”. Also, the Best Actor and Best Actress in Leading/Supporting Role will now be decided solely by a jury. These changes mark the tenth edition of the award show this year.

Source: BellaNaija

Another Big Brother Naija?

The reality TV show, Big Brother Naija, just announced the coming of Season 9 audition dates. Nigerians are about to obsess over strangers and make them celebrities once again. 

More industry drama

The new year is just 18 days old, and we’ve already seen enough online gbas gbos to last the year. From Stefflon Don and Jada Kingdom fighting over Burna Boy to Prettyboy D-O calling out NATIVE Records’ president, TeezeeDRB, for owing his videographer-friend $500 and Tiwa Savage petitioning Davido over his threat to her life, it looks like a “No gree for anybody” year for the industry too.

Hehe, iskelebetiolebe

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