|Cultural Troupe Performing|
|Deputy Governor Kaduna State|
The event started about 3 hours later than the 6:00pm it was scheduled to commence and when it eventually did, though a musical award show it was however filled with so much speech delivery by almost all the invited dignitaries who had quite a lot to say, probably because it was the maiden edition. This development further extended the awards proper, which could only start around 11:00pm. With the night chilled by the December harmattan cold, it was quite uncomfortable and unpleasant for all sitting through the protocols and the speeches.
Many who withstood the cold to make history could be seen hugging themselves to keep warm and mothers who came to the show with their husbands and babies had to make special provisions to prevent the little toddlers from the penetrating cold. The turnout was quite impressive despite the N5,000 VIP and N2,000 ordinary seats price tags, giving the attitude of Kanawa to such events where many in society would dare not be seen at such a place.
The youth on the other hand whose show this was defied the odds to represent their generation and had quite some fun. But many of them had to go back home for the lack of the wherewithal. It was a secured and well managed crowd with heavily armed police guarding both the inside and outside of the venue. There was actually no eventuality to be expected since the major threat to such a show could have come from the state Hisbah Committee of the immediate past government which the present administration has de-empowered to conduct such a raid.
|Tijjani M. M. & Billy O|
|Arc. Aminu Dabo|
The 'main course' or the awards proper was very well presented. There was the usual and predictable sequence of screen display of nominees for the 14 categories under consideration, some of which were segmented for both the male and female artistes. Among the awards presented include Best Hausa: Hip Hop, R&B, Nanaye, Film Music, Debut, Islamic Song and Patroitic Song. Others are Song Writing, Moral Enlightenment, innovation in Music, Accapella, Traditional Acoustic and Jingle. One male and one female dignitary or one of the artistes were called to do the usual opening of the envelope, extract the slip within, tease the crowd and finally declare the winner. The successful singer comes on stage, accept the all glass trophy and proceed to give his or her 'Thanks' speech as obtainable in all awards.
|Zuma - Award Winner|
|Mudathir Kassim, Tijjani M. M. & Ahmed Zazzabi|
Again as is usual with all awards, there were winners and of course the rest of the nominees in each category. Some truly deserving what they won, others get lucky and those who will claim their hard earned reward was denied them or some some of their fans might think. Virtually, many were disappointed with the outcome of the Best Hip Hop Award which should have been won by Billy O, arguably the very best and most talented of the that genre of music stars the North has to offer, but was given to someone who was almost unknown. In fact some of the fans were declaring they were just hearing the track with which he won for the very first time at the awards ceremony.
|Prof. Abdallah Uba Adamu & Farouk Dalhatu|
The movie legend Ibrahim Mandawari, who was billed to trace the history of music in Hausa movies as part of the proceedings and many of whose contemporaries like Kabiru Maikaba, Kabiru Nakwango, Shehu Kano etc all came to the award ceremony was not present. So also were absent many of the movie stars like Ali Nuhu, Sani Danja, Rabilu Musa Dan Ibro, Baba Ari and several others who should have been there to support their colleagues in the Kannywood movies industry.
Investigations revealed that the organizers did not approach these corporate entities the the sponsorship deal, in fact some even claimed they were not even aware of the event until they heard the jingles of it's taking place on the radio. Where they were approached, it was too short noticed for them to actively contribute as they would have loved to. Many expressed their intentions to sponsor the event, but request that enough time should be given to adequately facilitate their full participation. The first music awards to be staged north of the Naija has come and gone with lots of pomp and grandeur and is a success by all standards, especially with it's being the inaugural version.
It was never for lack of the interest, ability or financial clout to organize an event of national importance that usually prevents the Hausas in particular or the North In general from staging this kind of shows, but rather it is the moral and religious question that plays the major role. If he so chooses to put that aside, the typical northerner is capable of organizing any show of international standard excellently well as is evident in the contemporary Hausa music awards night just witnessed.
Tajudden O. Ahmed