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2Face & Banky W win multiple awards at the 2010 SMVAs – The Complete Rundown & List of SoundCity Music Video Awards 2010 Winners

This year there have been many prestigious events and like fine wine, as time goes by they each keep getting better and better. SoundCity who have been bridging the gap in Nigerian and now African music to the rest of the world took this opportunity to push the bar even higher with the first live broadcast of an award show in Nigeria.



This year, BN was represented by two members of our team at the  2010 SoundCity Music Video Awards. BN Contributor, Jite Ovueraye and BN Features Editor, Glory Edozien both attended. Here are is Jite’s account of the event.

SoundCity blasts off with the 2010 SMVAs by Jite Ovueraye

This year there have been many prestigious events and like fine wine, as time goes by they each keep getting better and better. SoundCity who have been bridging the gap in Nigerian and now African music to the rest of the world took this opportunity to push the bar even higher . The SMVAs took place on Saturday 20th November 2010 at the Eko Hotels & Suites in Lagos.

The awards were preceded by a classy and super organized poolside fashion show, with the red carpet covered by Spice TV. The celebrities and celebutants (the “IT” guys and girls of Lagos) had their pictures taken and were interviewed before going to the cordoned off poolside to feast their eyes on glamorous outfits.

As the gorgeous models meandered with style and grace down the all white catwalk which hovered over Eko hotels half Olympic sized pool, it was hard not to feel like you were elsewhere. The.… (for lack of a better word) “Effizi” was palpable and as celebrities mingled and watched the show. The colorful and differing outfits really made an impression and kudos has to be given to the featured African designers including Tiffany Amber, Lanre DaSilva-Ajayi, Dax Martin, Ituen Basi , MAI, Zizi Cardow and David Tlale.

As a guy I must say that MAI never ceases to impress, with the cut and finishes of each suit worn by (has to be said) well chiseled guys made me want to start a new wardrobe.

The show took a long pause after the fashion show and before the awards began, the rain, as unwanted as it was with an open-air red carpet segment, did help to drive people into the cool Eko Conference hall. Quickly filling up the regular ticket seats and also populating the VIP section (which for once was at the back upper level of the hall, well spaced and well catered for, with their round tables and white sheets).

When the show eventually started it looked like it may straggle or drag a little as the live band fiddled about just before it all went off with a bang. P-Square came out in their white reflector clad jackets (reminiscent of Michael Jackson) and rocked the stage. Every time their washboard abs where shown the women in the crowd went crazy and then for the guys, the dancing queen of Nigeria “Kaffy” came out to perform with them. Her sexy gold sparkly outfit and tastefully sensual dancing made this one heck of an opening act.

Just as we were all slowly coming down from the hype of the performance Uti came on stage like a space man in a shiny silver suit, covering his whole body. But he was promptly stripped by three models, unveiling his stylish black suit and patented hairstyle. As he went on to announce the start of the show a voice impersonated Big Brother and informed him that his last task was to host the 3rd  edition of the SMVAs. He gracefully accepted and with that the show was underway.

Many awards and performances wowed and surprised the crowd as the night drew closer to the morning, but to make things easier I’ll put the highlights out there for you:

Favorite Performance: Sasha P
Sasha has been in the game for a long time and I was impressed as the self titled “1st Lady” did a fantastic job on stage. Her performance was ushered by Bez who strummed his guitar and serenaded the crowd with the chorus of “Making Money”, followed by the vocals of a talented back-up singer, Sasha came on stage in a cute black “tuxedo-esque” outfit (very reminiscent of Janelle Monae) and rapped, danced and entertained us all.

Rising Star Moment: Wiz Kid
This guy is truly the future of Nigerian hip-hop. After seeing him grow behind Banky W all this time, it’s amazing to see him do his thing in his own right. At such a young age not only does he have musical talent but he is also blessed with stage presence (his “moves” on stage really got people going) and as my friend said “the boy has mad swag”. His performance was well rehearsed and it all came across so fluidly it had the people on their feet and even boogying in the wee hours of the night.

Let Down of the Evening: Overcrowded gates
I must give credit where credit is due and SoundCity did put on a tremendous show but I was immensely disappointed when I went to meet a friend and the lack of organization at both entrances had caused crowds to gather. And we all know how crowd mentality can be as one person tried to push his way through and caused a mini stampede. Taking cover behind a pillar I waited till control was gained again only to see a well known PH Celebrity had suffered at the hands of his fans. He brushed himself down and went on to enjoy the show.

Funny Moments: Mr. Nigeria’s slip of the tongue, Eldee’s Kanye moment, Mo’hits bouncer gets physical.
During the show there were a lot of funny moments, some planned:
• When Uti was asked by “Big Brother” if he thinks he can win the money and her replied “I’ve won it already now, what are you talking about?”
• And then some not so planned: When Mr. and Miss Nigeria came on stage and as a means to rouse the crown Mr. Nigeria says “Let Me Hear Your Hands Up” and as the audience reacts, he notices the mistake and jokingly reminds us “English is not my 1st language, oh”
• Goldie wins award for Best Female Video and as a rep of Kennis is picking up the award, Eldee comes on stage, grabs the mic and uses Kanye’s famous words to Taylor Swift “I’mma let you finish but” and as the crowd laughs with them he gives his thanks and props to Goldie then gives the mic back and walks off.
• During the Mo’Hits All stars performance, an overzealous fan runs on stage to go dance with the stars but is abruptly booted off the stage by one of the bouncers.

The show was just amazing and so much happened I could go on for hours, I mean Asa’s performance was great, showing her emotions with every gesture and when it was time to dance, she reminded people of her roots with her Yoruba dance moves. It was obvious she was having fun out there and it got to the audience as she received a standing ovation. Looking around the crowd you could tell people were spellbound with smiles lingering on faces and general bobbing to the beat, oh and let’s not forget the accents which completed her act… Her outfit, the lovely red shoes and her “never seen without them” “cat” glasses.

So all in all it was a great night (or should I say morning) out, memorable moments all captured and hopefully will be broadcast on TV soon. Now it is time I leave you all and catch up on some sleep as not only was the event so much fun but so were the after parties. But that’s gist for another day.

~ Jite


BN Red Carpet Fab for the SMVAs will be up this week – Trust us, you’ll want to see this!

SoundCity Music Video Awards 2010 – WINNERS

Best Male Video
Banky W – Strong Ting – Nigeria

Best Female Video
Goldie – You Know It – Nigeria

Best Choreography
Dama Do Bling – Moza Girl – Mozambique

Best Special Effects
Djinee – Overkillin’ – Nigeria

Best Editing
P-Square – Danger – Nigeria

Best Duo Or Group Video
Deep Level – We Run The City – South Africa

Best Cinematography
Teargas – Mhlobo Wami – South Africa

Best Hip Hop Video
Jozi – Wild Life – South Africa

Best R & B Video
Mike Anyasodo – Fine Fine Lady – Nigeria

Best Pop Video
2Face Idibia – Implication – Nigeria

Best Collaboration In A Music Video
Sarkodie Feat. Sway & Jayso – Lay away – Ghana

Discovery Of The Year
JR – Show Dem – South Africa

Best Video (Voting)
Banky W – Strong Ting – Nigeria

Viewers Choice (Voting)
Buffalo Souljah – Ezandlha Phezulu – Zimbabwe

Hit Producer Of The Year (As Used In A Music Video)
Sossick/Da Grin – Pon Pon Pon – Nigeria

Best Western
2Face Idibia – Nigeria

Best Southern
ProVerb – South Africa

Best Eastern
Wyre – Kenya

Best Central
Fally Ipupa – DR Congo

Soundcity Fresh Video
Tania Tome – Nhi Ngugu Haladza – Mozambique

Photo Credit: | Tyna Ezenma


  1. yemi

    November 21, 2010 at 10:03 am

    nice it…gud one from banky w, 2face and the rest

  2. Gbagaun!

    November 21, 2010 at 10:05 am

    first comment yayyyyy
    So glad for them but I still think eLDee shoulda been nominated.

  3. engymarc

    November 21, 2010 at 10:16 am

    congrats to 2baba,nice win. It’s credible that Strong Ting garnered these awards,it’s my all time favourite.It was also good they diversified and included other African countries…

  4. jezz

    November 21, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Yaay! Finally first to comment! Not like I have anything to say. BN bring on the red carpet pix asap!

    • @jezz

      November 22, 2010 at 4:31 am

      lol! You were fourth. better luck next time! 🙂

  5. anonymous

    November 21, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Does Banky have like an scar or somethning on his head?he always wears caps

    • Chipii Banda

      November 21, 2010 at 12:18 pm

      He’s insecure about his head – like Neyo. It’s quite large and has a kinda funny shape. I don’t think it’s so bad sha but you know we all have our insecurities so…

    • muna

      November 21, 2010 at 3:58 pm

      lol! i saw a mugshot of neyo and didnt even know its was him…

    • mariaah

      November 21, 2010 at 7:42 pm

      I think he’s lost his hair…:) but hey he sings good music so yay!!! 🙂
      BTW, in a recent interview (on tv, him talking) Neyo said “at a certain age, men in my family start to loose their hair and em I have, so that’s why I use the hat”..

    • OgbongeBlog

      November 21, 2010 at 5:07 pm

      You are funny oo. I think We will need to ask Banky this question on twitter…I think it’s just his style sha. Congrats to all of them. Proudly Naija!

    • Alero Okoro

      November 22, 2010 at 2:05 am

      You all can read Banky’s BIO here where he talked about his hair,Its after the Doctor diagnosed Cancer in his Body…Read about it in his link

    • pearl

      November 23, 2010 at 2:05 am

      Just be anonymous cos this is the highest #Gbagaun in the history of mankind” #Sheeeet

  6. teefs

    November 21, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Cngrats to Banky W and all the winners. I heard it was a fab ceremony.

  7. Dopboimoni

    November 21, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    shout side to Sound city Crew for the Awards,and a special shout side to Asa for her great music and of course to the winners of SMVA.

  8. muna

    November 21, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Congrats to all d winners, esp other African countries. waitin’ 4 d red carpet! and how did Uti do?

  9. Objective viewer

    November 21, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Congrats to banky W and 2 Baba, they deserve it big time. BN we await the full gist ohh.

  10. bunmi ojo

    November 21, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Beautiful show! Nice organisation,breath taking performances especially by asa and wizkid! Kudos Soundcity, Proudly naija!!!

  11. French Paris aaliyah

    November 21, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Great in french we say j’adore

  12. laydee

    November 21, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    guys!! anyone know where we can watch this online looked like an awesome show though

  13. ii

    November 21, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    I am UTICATED!Uti you really look awesome

  14. jess

    November 21, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Err not to rub it in or anything, but when that guy said “let me hear your hands up”, what was he trying to say?

    • Ready

      November 21, 2010 at 9:30 pm

      Maybe “Let me see your hands up” or “Let me hear you make some noise.” You know how people have two things in their head and it comes out combined.

    • Alfie

      November 21, 2010 at 9:48 pm

      hmmm…Either..”Let me hear you make some noise” or “Raise your hands up people”… He was trying to ginger the crowd.

  15. cookooforcocopops

    November 21, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Nyc coverage jite I felt like I was present while reading this article

  16. Nice Anon

    November 21, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    @ Jess: let me see your hands up perhaps? lol

  17. mike

    November 21, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    “Please welcome on stage Gbemi from Toolz fm and rhecks”….lmao

  18. tiwa

    November 22, 2010 at 1:12 am

    finally strong thing gets some recognition. definitely the most underrated video and artist in naija.

  19. sweetie

    November 22, 2010 at 4:03 am

    ahn ahn so MI no win anything????? hmmn *stroms off angrily*….ok now i am back, congrats to banky(my sweetheart), 2baba (yori yori remix still got me smiling) and the others.

  20. I.J

    November 22, 2010 at 5:35 am

    Loved the show. Asa’s performance was breath taking.
    Wizkid awwww such a sweety.
    Stunned moment: when I saw the wazobia fm presenter Matshe, that girl sexy and classy.
    Mohits was fantaAaaaaastic.
    Uti was ok. Wish the MC was Dare Art Alade….he does it better.
    Congrats to Godie she deserves the win.
    Banky W my all time favourite *BIG KISS* Congratulationnnnnnnnnnns!
    Tubaba congrats

  21. Joyce

    November 22, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Wyre, you’ve made us proud. Najivunia kuwa Mkenya.

  22. Ojo David

    November 22, 2010 at 7:20 am

    I lyk dis, SMVA now an African Based Awards, unlike wat it use 2 be

  23. metja

    November 22, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Pls advise in time when will it be shown on tv and what channel will be broadcast for SA fans to view

  24. Fab

    November 22, 2010 at 11:37 am

    pls where r d red carpet pics o!we alwaiz trust bellanaija wit detailed gist on dt…pls,perform!lol!

    • busola

      November 22, 2010 at 12:27 pm

      lool…I am also waiting for the red carpet pics.

  25. kollyj a.k.a zoronatee

    November 22, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    soundcity,no award 4 mohit?

  26. Gino

    November 22, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Nigerians artist are making us proud. Banky and 2 face, u guys rock.

  27. Slimboi

    November 22, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Asa an whiz kid stole d night…men


  28. maine

    November 23, 2010 at 10:30 am

    i wish to see eldee,wiz kid,skales,ice prince among the nominees for the awards well with 2face and Banky the future is bright

  29. aanonyymous

    November 24, 2010 at 9:59 am

    great event…but y would u give awards that were meant for Nigerians to other Africans all in the name of trying to enlarge and make sorry u guys have lost your viewers go to a non Nigerian common are u kidding people i Africa know sound city.

  30. melo

    November 24, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Yummy read! Wish I was there…….good writing on “jite”s part……in depth descriptions……made me really feel like I missed a helluvan event.btw, hu’s the ph celebrity?!

  31. tootie

    November 26, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    psquare,Asa, Banky W crew n Mohit were really good.loved every minute of their performances. i’d have prefered it if psquare n Banky sang each song completely like Asa did.all the same, thumbs up to them. Paul Okoye really rocks!

  32. Sadiku Bashir

    November 30, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Whizkid…awesome, brilliant. Weldone Banky.

  33. 00Eight

    December 2, 2010 at 3:33 am

    Pretty nice writing…..if I may say so myself… Tactful, humorous n encompassing. (Y)

  34. great mind

    December 2, 2010 at 9:47 am

    strong thing is a great video..but why would u give awards that r meant for Nigerians to other people all in the bid of wanting to go international.thats wack..

  35. naughty girl

    December 2, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    well, congrats to banky and Tu face, and i was lyk eyaa to Banky. Guess he shud start wearin a pink ribbon…..And then y is Uti sooooooo chaff. Kevin gat more swagg dan he does.

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