I’m sure Kidi and his record label Lynx Entertainment did a little victory dance and probably popped a bottle or two when it was announced that Kidi was nominated in the Rookie Of The Year category for the 2018 Headies in Nigeria. But it was all probably just booze down the wrong drain as it turns out that the whole thing was a big mistake on the part of the organizers. The Headies is an award scheme established by the Hip Hop World Magazine of Nigeria in 2016 to recognize outstanding achievement in the Nigerian music industry.
Normally the only foreign artists that make it to the nominations list are those in the African Act of the Year category (which Sarkodie was nominated for) but this year Kidi of Lynx Entertainment, definitely a Ghanaian artist made it to the Rookie of the Year category with the likes of Air Boy, Teni, Juniour Boy and Peruzzi, much to the delight of fans of the “Odo” singer. It was touted as Kidi’s first “international” award nomination but it turns out that his name only made it on the list as a result of an oversight on the part of the organizers, who erroneously assumed Kidi was a Nigerian because his song “Odo” had made massive waves in Nigeria in the year under review. But immediately they realized their mistake, they made the necessary corrections and now poor Kidi is no longer on the list.
Richie Mensah, CEO of Lynx Entertainment made these revelations over the weekend on Showbiz A-Z on Joy FM with Naa Ashorkor. “They told us that they made a mistake because ‘Odo’ had hit so much in Nigeria that when they were putting together the songs, they assumed Kidi was a Nigerian… So they added him to a nomination which is meant for only Nigerians. When they realized that he was a Ghanaian they had to take his name out”, he explained. However, there were no hard feelings because it only goes to prove the extent of the impact Kidi made so nothing spoil (as Nigerians would say).