The 16th Headies Awards has confirmed that award-winning actress and producer Osas Ighodaro and American actor, TV presenter, and model, Terrence J, will be hosting the award this year.
The show, tagged ‘Celebrating African Renaissance,’ is slated for Sunday, September 3rd, 2023, at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
On Wednesday, the organizers of the award shared the exciting news on social media alongside a video to generate buzz for the award ceremony scheduled to take place in a few days.
In the video, Terrence J, who is set to host the show for the first time, expressed his enthusiasm to host the show, saying, “I have done a lot of big shows. There is a lot of red carpet, and I am excited about doing this.”
Notably, this marks Osas Ighodaro’s second time as a host for the ceremony after she co-anchored the event last year alongside American actor Anthony Anderson, creating a memorable experience for the audience.
Ighodaro rose to prominence after winning the Miss Black USA Pageant in 2010. Since then, she has established herself as a notable figure in Nollywood, earning a place among the highest-grossing actors in 2018. Her talent has been acknowledged through various awards and recognitions, solidifying her status as a prominent actress.
Terrence J is widely recognized for his role in hosting BET’s “106 & Park”. He has also made appearances in notable Hollywood movies such as “Think Like a Man”, “The Perfect Match”, and “The Beach Bum”. Beyond his on-screen presence, he is the author of the book “The Wealth of My Mother’s Wisdom”.
The Headies Awards, originally called the Hip Hop World Awards, were established in 2006 by the Hip Hop World Magazine of Nigeria to recognize outstanding achievements in the Nigerian music industry.
This will mark the show’s second year at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. It was held in Lagos, Nigeria, every year from 2006 to 2021 (except 2017 and 2020, when there was no ceremony).
“We are so excited that The Headies will return to American soil once again,” Ayo Animashaun, CEO and founder of the Headies Awards, said in a statement.
The show will be streamed live on YouTube (U.S.) and HipTV (Africa) Network.