About two weeks ago the organizers of the Nigerian Entertainment Awards announced the hosts for this year’s awards as the wonderful Queen of Nollywood comedy Funke Akindele Oloyede aka Jenifa, and the funny man AY the comedian. The comedy duo is sure to bring their A-game to the 7th annual NEA Awards, scheduled to take place in New York City on Sept 2, 2012.

This will be the second time hosting the NEA Awards for actress Funke Akindele, as she hosted last year alongside Julius D’ Genius Agwu and brought the house down with her jokes, and infectious personality. So it is not surprising that she will be returning again this year to host with AY the comedian.

When asked how she felt about returning as host for a second time, she had this to say, “I'm happy to be hosting the NEA Awards for the second time running. Initially wasn't sure what to expect last year, but I had a great time and a wonderful experience, meeting with the fans, the great performances and the opportunity to be a part of a great event like the NEAs. The organizers put in a lot of work, and I'm happy to support them and to return as host this year.”
As for the US fans of the popular comedian, AY who are excited at the opportunity to meet with him and watch him at the NEAs, he is just as excited and is looking forward to the entire NEA weekend.  When asked about how he felt about hosting the 7th annual NEA Awards, the comedian had the following things to say:

How excited are you to be hosting this year's NEA Awards?

AY: I am quite excited to have been chosen as one of the host for NEA, and I am even more excited to be hosting the award alongside Funke Akindele who is a creative partner in the entertainment industry. It’s been a long time coming for the AY brand, and I see it as an opportunity to relate closely with lovers of the brand who has been yearning for me to come to the US

What should your fans in the US be looking forward to/expecting from you?

AY: I personally can't ask fans to expect the best. But they should come into the event with different expectations which I believe would give birth to the unexpected. At the end of the night I am sure an instant review of our collective performance would be most satisfactory

 What do you want to tell people who still haven't bought their tickets?

AY: The best I can say is that the number 7 is a unique number for NEA as it represents its 7th year. So the combination of AY, Funke Akindele and the different talented human resources coming together in New York to celebrate our entertainment export materials will be an international carnival experience. What else can I say? But to ask fans to go out there and grab their tickets before we sell out.

What do you think about the NEA Awards and how far it has come in 7years?

AY: NEA is one award that has printed its name on the sand of time. It’s not easy to organize an award of such magnitude within Nigeria, not to talk of doing it on any international platform. I see it becoming a major link for our Nigerian Talents cutting their teeth in the international market.

The 7th Annual NEA Weekend is taking place in New York City from Aug. 31 – Sept 2, 2012. The event line-up is as follows:

Friday, August. 31 - NEAs Music on the Catwalk Fashion show, where the world of fashion and music come together as we celebrate African fashion designers, and their different collections of work. This event is presented by Arik Air, supported by Iman Entertainment and is being hosted by Cool FM’s OAP, Freeze. The show kicks off at 7pm.

Saturday, Sept. 1 – The first event of the day is the NEA Nollywood Film Festival presented by IrokoTV partners. This film festival provides fans and supporters of the Nigerian movie industry the opportunity to meet and greet their favorite African Actors/Actresses/Producers/Directors etc, while also discussing with industry executives on how to move the industry forward. Time for this event is 12noon.
Crack Ya Ribs – New York Edition presented by Julius D’ Genius Agwu is the second event for the day.  The rib cracking comedian surrounded by a stellar line up of supporting comedians will have the audience rolling with laughter all through. The show begins at 7pm, and all events for this day are being held at the Symphony Space Sharp Theater, NYC.

Sunday, Sept. 2 – The big show down, the 7th Annual NEA Award show powered by Arik Air and Iman Entertainment is scheduled to take place at the NYU Skirball Performing Arts Center, with red carpet arrivals at 5pm and show time at 7pm prompt. As earlier mentioned, Funke Akindele and AY the comedian will be hosting.

The 2012 NEA weekend is brought to you courtesy of Iman Entertainment, Arik Air, and ConnectNigeria. Other proud supporters are the Federal Palace Hotel, Cool FM 96.9 Lagos, AIT, HipTV, BLOKE Magazine, OK!Nigeria, BellaNaija, Jaguda and

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Check out this short footage from the last Awards show
About NEA
The NEA AWARDS is an annual entertainment event held in the United States, with the sole purpose of celebrating and recognizing the numerous contributions of entertainers to the African entertainment industry, while at the same time promoting the image and rich culture of Nigeria.

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