Controversial Nigerian musician, Portable has been disqualified from this year’s edition of the Headies award.
The Headies award had on May 24 nominated Portable to compete in two categories; Rookie of the year and Best street artist.
In a rather shocking news on Tuesday evening, July 26, the organisers of the award announced that Portable had been disqualified.
The Headies award organisers cited Portable’s various unguarded statements, including his threat to kill other nominees in his category if he didn’t emerge as the winner, as reasons for his disqualification.
Also, the many damaging controversies surrounding him, especially being the subject of a police investigation, added to nail him.
Smooth Promotions Limited, the organisers of the Headies Awards, said,
“We regret to announce that following numerous indicting statements made by Mr. Habeeb Okikiola, popularly knowns as “Portable”, and the incessant negative attention that Mr Okikiola has garnered from the Nigeria Police and the general public in recent times, the organisers of the Headies have resolved to disqualify Mr Okikiola as a nominee at the forthcoming 15th Headies Awards.
The decision to disqualify him is accentuated by a series of misdemeanours by Mr Okikiola via his social media platforms. On the 25th of May 2022, he threatened to kill, harm, or cause harm to the other nominees in the same categories of awards he was nominated for, if he does not emerge the winner, precisely.
Smooth Promotions Limited, the organisers of the Headies Awards is law-abiding and responsible organization that abhors any form of violence, unlawful or activities ravaging our society.
We shall not condone reckless and uncouth statements from artists and hereby disassociate ourselves from any individual linked to such assembly or activities including Mr. Okikiola’s prospects as long as these acts are sufficiently linked to him as described.
The music industry demands all-round excellence. It is extremely important for young artists to be potential role models to exude professional responsibility, proper decorum and respect for others.
Being subject of an investigation relating to criminal activities, Mr. Habeeb Okikiola is hereby disqualified from both categories of awards Annual Headies Awards scheduled to hold later this year namely: Best Street Artist and Rookie of the Year.”