Drake, Mikel, Linda Ikeji, Wizkid, Funke Akindele, others win NET Honours

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Last week, we announced the first NET Honours People’s Choice Awards. It is our almost-scientific way of determining which people, events, places and things that shaped the year.

The People’s Choice Awards are a way to identify the top performers in the entertainment industry for the year under review, enabled by data found in our 2016 report.

Today we announce 17 people and events who have piqued the interest of our audiences the most in the year under review.

There will be no ceremonies at this time, but each winner will receive a certificate of recognition.

Most Searched Musician (Female): Tiwa Savage

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The singer had a tumultuous year but that did not distract her from her music. In the midst of all her marriage drama, she signed a management and distribution deal with Jay Z’s Roc Nation

Most Searched Musician (Male): Wizkid

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Most Popular Musician: Wizkid

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2016 was definitely Wizkid’s year. Sold out tour with Chris Brown, a chart-topping collaboration with Drake, a Grammy nomination and all the Artiste of the Year awards he could get.

Most Searched Actress: Funke Akindele

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Most Popular Actress: Funke Akindele

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Her popular TV series, Jenifa’s Diary got even more popular during 2016. Then she went and got married to JJC Skills in London in a wedding so secret it shocked the entire industry.

Most Searched Actor: Odunlade Adekola

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Most Popular Actor: Odunlade Adekola

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No Yoruba movie released in 2016 was probably complete without the popular actor. As ubiquitous as he was, so was the variety of his performances.

Most Searched TV/Radio Personality: Toolz

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Her wedding ceremony with Tunde Demuren at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai was the most talked about wedding of the entire year .

Most Searched Personality Across Africa: Diamond Platnumz

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He is one of the biggest-selling Tanzanian artistes of all time and one of the biggest on the continent.

Most Searched Comedian: Basketmouth

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Most Popular Comedian: Basketmouth

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The popular comedian had a very interesting year. Robbed at gunpoint at his house in September, he lost his mother a month later.

Most Popular TV/Radio Personality: Toke Makinwa

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The ruckus that surrounded the breakup of her marriage might have occurred a few years ago but the release of her best selling memoir, Unbecoming brought back the limelight.

Most Popular Footballer: Mikel Obi

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The Super Eagles captain led the Dream Team to a bronze place finish at the Rio Olympics and ended his decade-long stay with Chelsea by signing a mega deal with a Chinese club

Most Popular Celeb: Linda Ikeji

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Hate her or love her, Linda Ikeji cannot be ignored. In 2016, she expanded her media empire, moving to a multi-million naira office and setting up a social media website.

Most Popular Celeb (Global): Drake

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The Canadian rapper had probably the biggest song of the year with ‘One Dance’. His Summer Sixteen tour with Future broke the record for the highest-grossing hip-hop tour ever.

Most Popular Couple: Teebillz and Tiwa Savage

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The break-up of their marriage in the early part of the year broke the internet. Accusations, counter-accusations and social media rants made this the most talked about story of the year.

Most Popular Event: The Headies 

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Once again, the Headies proved to be most prestigious and most respected music award show. It’s 11th edition held at the Eko Convention Centre on December 22, 2016.

Written by Rotimi Akinola

Nigeria is not a country. It's a mindset.