The 2023 Headies Award ceremony was a night to remember, with MI Abaga delivering a moving acceptance speech on behalf of the late music icon, Sound Sultan. As Nigeria’s premier music award show, the Headies has consistently recognized the highest levels of musical excellence. However, this year’s event was particularly poignant as it also served as a platform for honouring and commemorating Sound Sultan, whose posthumous award was the highlight of the evening.
In Atlanta, US, the 16th edition of an esteemed award show recently took place, during which the late Sound Sultan received a special recognition award. The honour was bestowed upon him by Nollywood movie producer, Kunle Afolayan in recognition of Sound Sultan’s invaluable contribution to Nigerian music. He seamlessly fused reggae, hip-hop, and afrobeat, creating anthems that resonated with all ages. His talents were not limited to music; he was also a gifted storyteller and a voice for the people, using his poignant lyrics to bring attention to social issues.
The venue was emotionally charged as MI Abaga, the celebrated rapper and producer, stepped onto the stage to accept the award on behalf of his dear friend Sound Sultan. In a poignant moment, MI Abaga spoke about their shared past, emphasizing their collaborations, mutual admiration, and Sound Sultan’s profound influence on his life. It was evident to all in attendance that this award held great significance and was a testament to Sound Sultan’s enduring legacy.
MI Abaga revealed that Sound Sultan was a friend and inspiration to Nigerian musicians. Fans and followers expressed their condolences and rememberance in the comment section. Kunle Afolayan shared a video of Sound Sultan and captioned it,
“@the_headies 2023 Atlanta. Tribute to my brother @soundsultan”.