Nigerian superstar, Dbanj has been nominated to receive this year’s Special Recognition Award at the upcoming Channel O Music Video Awards slated for Friday, 11th November in Johannesburg, South Africa.
D’Banj is apparently following in the footsteps of a lot of Africa’s prominent and successful musicians including K’NAAN who was given the Special Recognition Award in 2010, Brenda Fassie in 2009 and George Lee in 2008.
Being honored this way is definitely special considering the fact that he released his debut album just six years ago and has undoubtedly made a huge impact locally and internationally with his recent signing on to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music record label.
Leslie ‘Lee’ Kasumba, Channel O Africa Manager has this to say concerning the nomination
“It’s really an honour for us to be celebrating an artist such as D’Banj for this year’s Special Recognition Award. Besides the obvious success that D’Banj has achieved, one of the stand-out factors is that his career, his success and his path run parallel with the growth that we have seen in the African music industry since the inception of the Channel O Music Video Awards. To us he represents a breed of African urban artistes who are the African dream”
M-net Channel Director, Yolisa Phahle also adds that;
“His star has been rising for many years now. D’Banj is an artiste who has the ability to communicate and connect in a meaningful way. As a musician he is a trendsetter and as a presenter he is entertaining with a wonderful sense of humour. His success both at home and internationally is a testament to his great talent and I am in no doubt that this is just the beginning”
Since the release of his debut album, No Long Thing in 2005, featuring the smash hit Tongolo, D’Banj has worked tirelessly to create a career that is now the benchmark for 21st century African artistes. D’Banj’s most recent big-hitter also added another notch to his already growing profile: a remix of ‘Mr Endowed’ featuring the inimitable Snoop Dogg that was released in February 2011.
His role as Nigeria’s first United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace and the founder of the Koko Foundation for Youth and Peace Development says a great deal about D’Banj’s commitment to Nigeria and Africa.
Now Dbanj, with the honor that comes with this award, is to gain even more respect and recognition. Kudos man!