Portable tackles Headies Award organizers over disqualification


On Monday, Nigerian artist Habeeb Okikiola aka Portable criticized Smooth Productions, the organizers of the prestigious Nigerian music awards, The Headies, for disqualifying him from the honour.

On Sunday, the 15th edition of the Headies award presentation was held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Portable, who had previously been nominated for an award in one of the categories, was barred from the event after threatening to harm his fellow candidates if the organizers would not recognize him.

The comments prompted Headies organizers to remove his name from the list of nominees. During an Instagram live session on Monday, the musician slammed the Headies organizers for his treatment. Portable wrote: I enjoy it when life is difficult. It signifies that something greater is on the way; nothing escapes God. I am bigger than the proprietor of Headies and the whole organizing committee. I’ll always be more popular than them.


He also chastised Buju, aka BNXN, for earning the next-rated prize. Portable claimed that his tunes were more popular than Buju’s. He said that Zinoleesky, a Marlians Recording artist, deserved the prize for “Next Rated Artist” because of his street reputation.

More details about portable

Habeeb Okikiola (born March 12, 1994) is a Nigerian singer, rapper, and composer better known as Portable or Dr Zeh. Habeeb Okikiola is a Nigerian native of Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Portable emerged after appearing in the song “ZaZoo Zehh,” which featured Olamide and Nigerian dancer Poco Lee. During his early stage of popularity, he became well-known for calling out his business partners on social media for defrauding him on business dealings such as talent management, as well as on his Instagram profile, where he usually undertakes all of his controversial activities. Portable is a 27-year-old father of one boy from Ogun state who goes by the true name Habeeb Okikiola and is also known as Yaromaiswag.

On July 18, 2022, Portable posted a video on Instagram claiming to be the creator of the renowned cult organization One Million Boys, which drew the attention of Nigerians and prompted an inquiry by the Nigeria Police Force, which he subsequently disputed, stating what he meant was one million followers. As a result, he was excluded from The Headies 2022, which was notified by the organizers on July 26, 2022.

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