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TuFace, Sasha & Others represent Nigeria at the World Music Awards in Monaco



Nigerian music industry personalities Tuface Idibia, Sasha Alabi, Kelly Hansome, Keke Ogungbe, Dayo Adeneye & Tola Odunsi represented Nigeria at the World Music Awards this weekend in Monaco. The World Music Awards recognize the best selling musical artists worldwide. This year, top music stars from around the globe gathered in Monaco on November 9, 2008 for the 20th anniversary of the WMA’s honoring the most popular artists with the longest track records of success in the industry. Guests included Mariah Carey, Beyonce & Solange Knowles, Alicia Keys, Leona Lewis, Coldplay, Estelle, Michelle Williams and many other international stars.

The Nigerian contingent was sponsored by DAAR Communications. The broadcaster also hosted a pre-awards dinner on the 8th of November 2008. While the main awards show was broadcast live on AIT.

2Face carted away the ‘Best Nigerian Artist’ award and performed his mega-hit ‘African Queen’ during the main awards show.

Photos from the festivities below:

Tuface receives his award from Estelle

Tuface accepts his award from Estelle

World Music Awards 2008 Winners List

Lifetime Achievement: MARIAH CAREY

Best International Female: BEYONCE

Outstanding Contribution to Music Industry: LA REID

Best Pop Male: KID ROCK

Best Pop/Rock Female: AMY WINEHOUSE

Best Pop Female: LEONA LEWIS

Best R&B Artist: ALICIA KEYS

Best Pop/Rock Male: KID ROCK

Best Rock Act: COLDPLAY

Best African artist: AKON

Best Irish Artist: THE SCRIPT

Best Benelux Artist: KATE RYAN

Best Norwegian Artist: MADCON

Best Nigerian Artist: 2 FACE

Best Middle Eastern artist: NANCY ARJAM

Best Russian Artist: PHILIP KIRKOROV


Diamond Award: RINGO STARR

Photo Credit: Tola Odunsi, Kenny Ogungbe, Getty Images


  1. BN Fan

    November 11, 2008 at 1:56 am

    What the hell are they wearing? Seriously? I’m really irritated. They look like they have no business being there. The mis-matched hats and tees? For real?!!!!

  2. Jo

    November 11, 2008 at 2:07 am

    Sasha needs a stylist ASAP!!

  3. Adee

    November 11, 2008 at 2:32 am

    Actually mismatch or unmatching is in vogue, at least here in NYC; mostly with prints, but textures need to be compatible.

  4. marian

    November 11, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    It is good to see Africans being lauded on a world platform.well done to 2face,Sasha and all who attended.

  5. Sasha's admirer

    November 11, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Biko, Sasha tried. It’s high time we, pls, have to start appreciating our own!!! You girl!!! That is, Sasha…. Yes oh!

  6. asa

    November 11, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    stylist for sasha ASAP

  7. chioma

    November 11, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    not impressed with the males dress sense..Sasha looks good

  8. chioma

    November 11, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    tola looks good too.

  9. Odie

    November 12, 2008 at 7:47 am

    Upon all the Nigerian designers, no one could hook them up for the occasion??? Seriously, … wtf?

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  11. bella

    November 13, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Seriously, I think Sasha looks good! I just love her self confidence, she carries off whatever she wears very well.

  12. sasha's admirer

    November 15, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    I sincerely agree with ya. Sasha has a lot of self-confidence, carries herself well, reps Nigeria well in her style of singing, performing and the whole works or nine yards. I guess some naija female performers could learn from her….seriously. Some people may not like her person and that’s fine as everyone is not going to like someone, that’s life. All in all Sasha is cool, she makes some parts of the naija music industry look inviting – like you know what, “i would like to become a singer, rapper, musician,” when i grow up, for example.

    Lucky for some…

  13. Trendy

    November 16, 2008 at 6:30 am

    OK, what’s with the western outfits? we have way to many talented designers in Nigeria for these artists to be attending the awards in western garbs. a designer, should have offered to make something special and use this as an opportunity to introduce their creations to the world.

  14. The West is Ahead of Africa

    November 23, 2008 at 8:29 am

    …here we go again with the haters. Does Sasha look good? Erm…yes!!! you, you and you!!!

  15. The West is Ahead of Africa

    November 23, 2008 at 8:37 am

    Trendy…get a grip. 1). I don’t see YOU dressed in 9ja garbs all day, everyday. 2). Where do you live? Betcha don’t even live in your own country. 3). I agree woulda been nice for a designer to hook them up but cha know what…where is the love. 9ja is all about the money and if designers aren’t getting paid nothing is happening.

  16. femi

    November 23, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    i dont get it
    tuface performance …is dat how small d stage is ?
    or is it also like dbanjs own for mtv europe 2007
    i dont think he performed at the main venue

  17. bella

    November 23, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    The photo of 2face is from the pre-show event…He also performed at the main show

  18. bella

    November 23, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    We are making assumptions that the outfit is not by a Nigerian designer. I have seen Sasha in various outfits that look very ‘western’ but were infact from her clothing line called ‘ecclectic by sasha’

  19. Rollin'dice

    December 3, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Wa ooh! I want to know if sasha win any award at d event. Or she just went there to rep naija.well,i like sasha for one thing.She has confidence and i think she still dress well for a girl of her type.As 4 2face,he is d man any time any day.


    December 7, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    2baba ur d best.Nice clothes

  21. vincent

    December 9, 2008 at 10:36 am

    the truth is she is very ok

  22. silver

    December 9, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    dats right…Sasha knows wat’s right for her body…

  23. DJ-DE'CENT

    December 21, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    hmmmmmm.2baba make we collaboooo….you too much we dj’s knows that

  24. Mazuba

    December 24, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Okay so im confused as to why there was a best nigerian award and best african award ,while there was no southern ,eastern or northern african award.Thats very unfair in my opinion.

  25. Kanye West

    December 24, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    y is everyone arguing over sasha. id hit that anyday

  26. Mobola

    December 28, 2008 at 12:39 am

    why is it that there’s always someone who has to be so negative…Sasha looks good…what else do you want? She should wear iro and buba abi, so you will know that her outfit was by a Nigerian tailor!!

  27. I. Patrick

    January 5, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I quite agree with u Mazuba, its was really unfair! my opinion too

  28. Willy20

    October 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    2baba 2 much jo

  29. Biosexzy

    December 26, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I love all hip hop artist! But u guys ave 2 d some tin 2 encourage d young ones who ave a dreams 2 be come a super star like u!!

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