The organisers of the awards released a list of pre-nominees for fans to vote their choice. But the End SARS protests around the country caused them to suspend all activities. As voting returns this weekend, we take a look at two artistes who received the most pre-nominations this year.
Angie and Eto Keno both received twelve and eleven nods respectively, and are likely to win the most awards at the event.
Grace Olaide Jimoh, popularly known as Angie, is a gospel hip-hop artiste. The 29-year-old officially started her gospel music career only three years ago. Beforehand, she tried to break-out into the entertainment industry as a hip-hop artiste. She talks about why she made the switch, saying, ‘I got a call to gospel music. I had gotten it a long time ago, but I was just being adamant. I got closer to God, and better opportunities came.’
She received her second set of MEGAwards pre-nominations, and the most pre-nominations this year, for her sophomore gospel album, ‘Chosen’. She scored 12 nominations across 10 categories at the awards. Angie received her first MEGA pre-nominations last year, although the event did not hold. She is however excited that she has multiple nominations this year and prays that the event is, ‘bigger and greater than the previous years’.
Looking forward to the future and the awards night, Angie says, ‘I hope I get to win some of the awards if not all, and then get known globally.’
The other recipient of the most pre-nominations this year is Eto Enakeno Oreromena, popularly known as Eto Keno. He is a contemporary gospel artiste. The 40-year-old started singing in the choir at the young age of 12 and has just received his first set of MEGA pre-nominations this year for his sophomore album. He received 11 pre-nominations in nine categories for his work on his project, ‘Arure’, which has eight tracks.
He tells Netng how thrilled he is to have received these many pre-nominations, especially since this is the first time he is ever entering his work for award consideration. He says, ‘This is not my first nomination for awards, I’ve had some awards. But, this is the first-ever award I’m entering for. I feel excited and very happy to receive these nominations.’
These nods could mean the beginning of a new phase in Angie and Eto Keno’s careers, especially if they both win in most of their nominated categories. The MEGAwards will create a new buzz for them, and open them to a new audience of gospel music lovers.
Angie and Eto Keno are both dedicated and talented artistes, but the big question now is – which of them will end up snagging the most awards?