Ayo Animashaun, founder of The Headies, has revealed why the 15th edition of the award ceremony was moved to Atlanta, United States.


Animashaun spoke during an interview with CNN African Voices.

He said Atlanta was specifically chosen as the venue for the award ceremony because it is the “black entertainment capital of the world”.

The media mogul also disclosed that if The Headies continues to take place in Nigeria, a number of Afrobeats artistes might never get the “global recognition they deserve”.


“The award is as big as it gets where we are from and we want the world to see it. If it continues to happen in our backyard, you’re not going to see them,” he said.

“I am scared that some of the most talented guys we have will never hit the limelight. Atlanta is the black entertainment capital of the world, recognition, we want a different space where these guys can breathe and we want a mixed audience.

“We are just beginning. We want to show some of them to the world for the world to see how talented Afrobeats artistes are and for them to see beyond the names they already know.”


This year’s The Headies took place at Cobbs Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, US on September 6.

It was also the first time the ceremony will be holding outside Nigeria since its inception in 2006.

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