Changing the Game: How Wizkid’s Impact on the BET Awards Elevated African Artists

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As stated in a video shared by Tunde on his Instagram page, it demonstrated how African artists used to receive their awards and plaques backstage at the BET Awards event before 2018.

The video recounted how Wizkid, however, won the BET Award in 2017 but declined to attend, accusing the award show of showing fake admire for African artists.

Wizkid stated that the BET Awards should stop acknowledging African artists if they cannot treat them as well as they treat international artists.

After Wizkid’s statement, the impact was evident as Davido, who won the BET award in 2018, was welcomed to the main ceremony and presented with his prize.

The voice over in the video said;

“Beyond his musical prowess, one of the significant reasons Wizkid commands respect across Africa is his pivotal role in changing the treatment of African artiste at the BET Awards.”

Before 2018, African artists received their awards backstage or in front of an empty audience often hours before the main show.

In 2017, Wizkid won BET Best International Act but chose not to attend the event. He not only refused to show up but also called out BET expressing his discontent in an interview.

“If you are not gonna show us same admire, you show your international artiste, if you’re not gonna show us that same admire on the main stage then don’t show us no admire until we don’t want it.”

The impact was tangible, the following year when Davido secured the award, it was presented to him during the main show in front of a live audience.

since then African artiste have been accorded the same respect as their America counterparts at the BET award.”

Captioning the video, Tunde Ednut wrote;

“RESPECT!!!! ?????

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