Spearheaded by foremost tourism and lifestyle brand, Estilo Da Vida, the event was hosted by Nigerian entertainers, Bovi and D’banj, respectively. It also witnessed scintillating performances from current wave makers, including Wizkid, Flavour, D’banj, Omawumi, among others.
According to the Chairman of the Blue Ribbon Panel (the kingmakers of the award), Kenny Ogungbe, the initiative is geared at inspiring and engaging African people through the power of African music, and “building a serious level of credibility, respect and acceptance across Africa and the entire world.”
The induction was split into two classes: performance and non-performance categories. The performance categories was further stratified into three segments namely: The Early Influencers category, which comprises legendary entertainers Tunde King, Onitsha Native Orchestra, E.C. Arinze, Victor Olaiya, Mamman Chata and Bobby Benson; The Mid-influencer category, (‘60s – ‘70s wavemakers) such as Chief Osita Osadebe, Fela Kuti, Rex Lawson, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, King Sunny Ade, Dan Maraya Jos, Peacock Guitar Band International and Bala Miller; and, lastly, The Modern Influencer category (‘90s – 2000s wavemakers) such as Tubaba, Onyeka Onwenu, Femi Kuti, Daddy Showkey, among others.