Fast-rising Nigeran singer, Portable has reacted to his disqualification from the 2022 edition of the prestigious Nigerian music award, The Headies.
Headies Disqualifies Portable
KanyiDaily recalls that The Headies had announced the nominees for this year’s award scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 4, 2022, at the COBB Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, USA.
Portable was nominated in the ‘Rookie of the Year’ category alongside AV, Fave, Magixx and Ugoccie. He will also slug it out with Bella Shmurda, Mohbad, Naira Marley, and Goya Menor among others in the ‘Best Street-Hop Artiste’ category.
Shortly after the nominations were unveiled, Portable threatened to kill anyone who wins any of the categories in his place, claiming his co-nominees at The Headies are no match for him.
In its reaction, organizers of the awards threatened to disqualify him if he failed to retract his statement and issue an apology on his social media pages.
Portable later apologized for his “unguarded utterance” which he said was harmless. He, however, taunted the award organizers, saying they “nominated a mad man musician”.
Ogun State Police Command had recently invited Portable for allegedly asking his team to brutalize a young man, and the singer had also claimed he’s the founder of two notorious cult groups called ‘One Million Boys’ and ‘Ajah Boys’.
In a statement on Tuesday evening, the award organizers said Portable was disqualified because he is “a subject of an investigation relating to criminal activities.”
The statement reads, “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 misdemeanors 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 hewas 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.”
Reacting to his disqualification, Portable took to his Instagram story where she shared a video of himself and his wife, saying he doesn’t regret any of his actions.
“I do music for a living and I make more money from it, I go by the name portable, I thank God for my life, I got talent, I got God, I got money, I got Fame, I got grace, I got wife, I got children, God bless my family, I got motor, I got a house, I’m blessed, Akoi grace, Akoi blessing mercy dey follow me, I never regret my actions,” he said.
KanyiDaily recalls that Portable’s aide had recently killed an Okada rider while running an errand during the singer’s wedding ceremony in Ogun State.