The moments, memes, tweets, and pictures.
2016 has admittedly been a tough year for everyone, from the terrible recession, to the disappointing turn of the US elections, and from the MMM freeze, to the emergence of Bobriskyy. Even Wes from HTGWAM suffered the 2016 blues, when he was killed of the ABC show….*tear*. And we wonder with just a few days to the end of 2016 what does the rest of the year have to offer? Hopefully only good things?
Here are the moments that made 2016 well…2016
People who rose to fame
Bread Seller to Model
Jumoke Orisaguna’s name was all over Nigeria and the rest of the world after a photo-bomb of a shoot by TY Bello got her a modeling contract and in an instant her life was changed.
Okuneye Idris Olarenwaju popularly dubbed ‘Bobriskyy’ rose to fame through his extravagant sense of style, his ridiculous snapchat videos and let’s not forget his popular unknown ‘bae’. You can’t talk about 2016 without mentioning Bobriskyy, from ‘oshey’ to ‘bardest’, the snapchat celebrity has obviously stolen Denrele Edun’s place in the flamboyant and controversial!
2016 will definitely go down in history as the ‘Year of Mr Eazi’. ‘Every song was a hit back to back! Singles like ‘Dance for me’ , ‘Anointing’, ‘Sample You’, rocked the musical charts so much so that Mr Eazi was nominated for the Headies’ ‘next rated artiste’ award.
Olamide - Donjazzy
The feud between the music label owners happened because Reekado Banks won the Next Rated award – and the car that comes with it -- over Lil Kesh. Olamide showed exactly how he felt about it when he went on a rant telling them to “F**k that shit.” “The streets ti take over. Every f**king single was a hit back to back. From lyrically, to Shoki to Efejoku. Ko ni dafun Iya anybody.” After Olamide ‘expressed’ himself, Don Jazzy replied saying “Egbon Olamide, if you want the car come and collect it. God bless you”. This made Olamide even more angry, leading to a series of angry tweets where he told the Mavin boss that he can’t come to the mainland again. People thought the fight would go on forever but eventually the label owners settled the matter-- but that wasn’t before their fans had a little fun with it.
Wizkid - Linda Ikeji
Memes, subtle jabs, threats, and the Po-Po. Who can forget 2016’s Starboy vs. Linda Ikeji feud? The squabble started when the model turned blogger published a report about how the Ojuelegba crooner was not in-fact the owner of his home but only a tenant and had been served a quit notice. Wizkid, fueling in anger threatened to send his cousin to beat her up which caused Linda to report the case to the police. According to Linda, reporting the issue to the police had Wizkid and his lawyers begging her and apologizing. Eventually, both stars were asked to come to the police station where Wizkid reportedly had to put it in writing his apology and statement saying the threat was only a joke. Though the two have now settled the issue, we still can’t forget these pictures of Linda, Wizkid posted on his snapchat.
Albums on Albums on Albums
Lemonade. Life of Pablo. Anti. Views. This is Acting. Coloring Book. Life is Eazi. These are just a few of the albums that our ears will be eternally grateful for. 2016 was the year of the comeback. Frank Ocean, Lady Gaga, Solange and Bruno Mars came back from their hiatus’ stronger than ever, dropping chart topping albums.
2016 was the annum The Weeknd shocked us all with his haircut, but what was even more shocking especially to the Nigerian music community, was when he named his new album ‘Starboy’. Of course Africans and Wizkid fans all around the world went ballistic, jumping to the defense of their ‘original Starboy’. Words were traded and arguments were held but Wizkid seemed to keep a cool head about all this. When asked by a fan what he thought of the Weeknd naming his album Starboy, Wizkid replied saying “Everybody is a star!”. Quite interestingly enough, it was discovered that neither of the two famous singers, had a legitimate claim to name ‘Starboy’ as it was revealed that the name was originally used by Mavado.
When Wizkid was not busy touring the world he was collaborating with artistes abroad and creating even more fire music. The ‘pakurumo’ crooner made music with the likes of Drake, Tine tempah, Justine Skye, and Trey Songz just to name a few. Wiz Baba was even nominated for a Grammy for his work on One Dance making Nigerians all over the world proud. Davido too, wouldn’t be left out of the international collabos of 2016. He and Tinashe joined their voices for their song ‘How Long’ which currently has over 1 million views on Youtube.
It’s impossible to say anyone had a bigger year than the US President-Elect, Donald J Trump. The billionaire businessman turned politician, rose above all critics and nay-sayers, when he won the US Presidential elections against his opponent Hilary Clinton. The news of his victory shocked the entire world – well everyone except the unreasonable people that voted for him that is. All the negative tweets, memes, even songs proved they couldn’t stop him at the end of the day.
Brexit, a shorthand way of referring to the exit of Britain from the European Union became official in June. A vote was held to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. The leave won by 52% to 48%. The turnout of people was 71.8%, with more than 30 million people voting. After the voting results were released the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron resigned from office as he was not in support of Brexit. Britain now currently has a new Prime Minister, Theresa May.
Black Lives Matter
2016 was the year when many African Americans lost their lives to brutal police killings. As if the killing of several innocent lives wasn’t sad enough, there was actually video evidence for almost all of the killings. Social media went crazy and Countless people around the world, gathered so that their voices could be heard. The videos that were posted is clear evidence that racism is more than still prevailing in the United States and now to top it off they’ve voted a man who is clearly a racist against any race, except white, as their president, let’s just hope the President-Elect remembers #AllLivesMatter
If you’re familiar with gospel music, Shirley Ceaser is a name you must have been hearing quite often. A little while before thanksgiving, the gospel singer was recorded innocently talking about food we assume would be served on the thanksgiving table. Little did she know that she would become an internet sensation. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook…YOU NAAAME IT!!! Wasted no time in creating memes, making videos, gifs…literally – you name it!
As if the famous family couldn’t be controversial enough, Rob Kardashian, Kim Kardashian’s little brother, started dating Tyga’s Baby Mama – Blac Chyna. This seems to be quite a mess because Tyga is dating Rob’s little sister Kylie Jenner. Everyone thought Blac Chyna and Rob’s relationship was just a publicity stunt till the announced they were engaged. And even more dramatic? She was pregnant! Throughout this year the couple has had their ups constantly making headlines with their merry-go-round relationship. Blac Chyna gave birth to their daughter Dream Renee Kardashian on November 10, 2016.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were an example of true love in Hollywood. Somewhere deep within us, we all thought that their love would last forever and their divorce proves that if they can split, anyone can. Between the two Oscar winners, they have 6 children; 3 adopted children and 3 biological children. Brad and Angelina are reportedly divorcing of an incident between Pitt and their adopted son Maddox. Pit and his son allegedly had an argument on a plane which is when Angelina claims that Brad hit their son. The Hollywood megastars are currently in court fighting for custody of their 6 children however, investigations into Brad Pitt for child abuse has been closed.
Tiwa Savage's husband scandal
Earlier this year Tiwa Savage’s former manager and husband took to Instagram to express himself in a rant about his wife. In the rant Teebillz insinuated that Tiwa had slept with Don Jazzy, Dr. Sid and Tuface and accused the Mavin first lady of many other wrong doings. Things escalated pretty quickly when Teebilz almost took his life attempting to jump off Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge, reportedly Peter and Paul Okoye were there to save the star from himself. Tiwa could no longer maintain her silence on the matter and invited Pulse TV to her home for an interview. Tiwa gave her side of the story explaining that Tunji (TeeBillz) was millions in debt, using cocaine and was also cheating on her.
Do the words Ponzi Scheme mean anything to you? If you are well educated, you probably heard them once or twice and didn’t pay them any mind. But then again, if you participated in MMM, you’re probably well-educated on the matter. Millions of Nigerians fell victim of what Wikipedia calls ‘The world’s largest Ponzi scheme of all time’. The Russian-made company closed off operations ‘for a month’ in Nigeria, leaving several individuals without a penny to their names. Ironically Nigerians are notoriously known for their scamming, now it seems that the scammers have been scammed… if that makes any sense?
2016 was the ultimate rollercoaster but if you’re reading this then you obviously came out a victor! Here’s to better days in 2017!