Sodiq Yusuf, a Nigerian rapper better known as CDQ, has called out organisers of the 14th Headies for awarding the ‘Best Street-Hop Artiste’ category to Mayorkun over Naira Marley.


Mayorkun had beaten Naira Marley’s ‘Mafo’ to win the category with ‘Geng’, his 2020 hit single, at the event held on Sunday.

Others nominated for the category which celebrates artistes whose songs are inspired by the streets were Reminisce, Paul Okoye, Ivd & Zlatan as well as Olamide.

The emergence of Mayorkun as the winner of the category has, however, continued to stir heated debate on social media, with some users arguing that the ‘Soapy’ crooner deserved to win.


Joining the fray, CDQ accused the organisers of the award event of playing “industry politics”, noting that there was no way Mayorkun would have won based on merit.

“Headies una don start dis una obvious industry politics thinfo again… How the hell una go carry Best Street Hop give someone else at the expense of Naira this year and conscience no judge unah…,” he wrote in a mixture of English and Pidgin.

He said while others in the category are his “family,” he would not shy away from saying the “truth.”

“Everyone on that category na family but ooto oro o ni ka ma so ohun…” he added this time around in Yoruba.


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