WATCH: Nigerian Entertainment Awards Recap
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

Nollywood actress Funke Akindele was a co-host and winner at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards. (Image: NEA)

The 7th Annual Nigerian Entertainment Awards brought the who’s who of Nigerian entertainment to New York City recently, with a weekend full of events hosted by Nollywood superstar Funke Akindele and international comedian AY. Held at the NYU Skirball Performing Arts Center, the event brought together the best of the best from Nigeria and the diaspora, celebrating the diversity of opportunities and artistic range for actors, comedians and filmmakers from around the world.

“It’s one of the rare opportunities we have for Nigerians in the United States and Nigerians from Nigeria getting together celebrating art and entertainment,” says Gbenga Akinnagbe, whose TV and film credits include “The Wire,” “Nurse Jackie” and “Lottery Ticket.”

Winners of the night included international pop star Wizkid, platinum-selling entertainer Tinie Tempah, and hitmaker Don Jazzy, who has collaborated with the likes of Jay Z, Kanye West, and MTV Europe award winner D’banj. Take a look at a recap of the excitement that brought Nigeria to the East Coast’s media and entertainment hot spot:

Produced by Janell Hazelwood; Videography and Editing by Rashid Mausi

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.