Nigerian Blogger Uche Pedro Wins Top Prize For “Best Blogger – Africa”

By March 14, 2016News


Uche Pedro, Adele, Jennifer Lawrence, Justin Bieber, Sofia Vergara, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Zendaya, The Voice, SpongeBob SquarePants, Fifth Harmony and more were among those who won coveted orange blimps at Nickelodeon’s 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards(KCAs) on Saturday 12 March.  Hosted by country music superstar and coach on TheVoice, Blake Shelton, the awards were broadcast from the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, California, as kids from all over the world celebrated the best of everything they love in pop culture.

The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards premieres on Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305) and Nicktoons (DStv channel 308) at 16:30 CAT on Wednesday 16 March 2016.

Nigerian entertainment blogger and media star Uche Pedro, founder of Bella Najia, won the “Best Blogger – Africa” category at the awardsUche beat fellow bloggers Sylvia Kamau (“Style by Sylvia” – Kenya),Aisha Baker (“Baked the Blog” – South Africa)andTheodora Lee (“Theodora Lee” – South Africa)to take home a coveted KCA ‘blimp’ trophyUche and her fellow nominees Sylvia, Aisha and Theodora flew into the US a few days ago to attend the star-studded event.

Commented Uche Pedro, “Wow!  This is such an amazing moment for me and the BellaNaija brand.
Thank you to my husband Bode, our wonderful children and our families. BellaNaijarians and BellaNaija team – we made it! Thank you for all the votes and positive vibes. Thanks Nickelodeon for the opportunity and to my fellow nominees, you are an inspiration! To everyone out there with a dream, this is a testimony to never give up, be a rebel with a purpose and vision.”

This year’s festivities kicked off with Shelton getting hosting pep talks from celebrity friends including Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, Chewbacca and BB-8. After being alerted that the Stormtroopers were trying to take over the 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards, Shelton jumped into action and battled his way onto the show stage via a super-charged chair from The Voice.

During the show, singer-songwriter Charlie Puth and hip-hop star Wiz Khalifaperformed a medley of “One Call Away” and “See You Again”, right before taking home the blimp for “Favourite Collaboration”.  Rapper Silento appeared the night of Kids’ Choice Awards to sing his mega-hit “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” and DNCE closed the show with a performance of their chart-topping single “Cake by the Ocean” that culminated with an ultimate slime dousing of the audience. 

The 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards proved to be a mega slime fest, from kids in the audience awarding Shelton with an epic finale sliming, to Jace Norman dumping a bucket of green goo on John Stamos, to Fifth Harmony getting drenched after their win for Favourite Music Group, and Shelton welcoming Jason Sudeikis and Josh Gad to the green side.

This year’s show put the power of choice in the hands of kids at home with an interactive digital experience like never before.  Kids had the opportunity to choose what happened live during the show by casting votes to see four different outrageous moments play out: Shelton and Norman pranking DNCE with toilet paper in their dressing room; CameronDallas getting super soaked in slime; Shelton donning a unicorn outfit; and the stage environment changing to underwater.

Additional celebrities in attendance included:Robert Downey Jr., Amy Poehler, Rob Gronkowski, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Evans, Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony, Heidi Klum, Keke Palmer, Anthony Anderson, John Stamos, Chloe Bennet, Buddy Valastro, Sarah Hyland, Dove Cameron, Grant Gustin, Laura Marano, Zendaya, Will Arnett, Debby Ryan, and cast members fromDance Moms, plus stars of Nick’s hit seriesGame Shakers (Kel Mitchell, Benjamin Flores Jr., Cree Cicchino, Madisyn Shipman, Thomas Kuc) andThe Thundermans (Jack Griffo, Kira Kosarin).

In addition to the live votes, Nick’s digital platforms offered games and exclusive real-time updates with photos and videos from the Orange Carpet and backstage. From Facebook to Snapchat and everything in between, Nickelodeon’s social channels captured all of the best snaps, memes, GIFs, videos and pics from the night. 

Please see below for a full list ofNickelodeon’s 2016 Kids’ Choice Awardswinners:



Best Blogger – Africa

Uche Pedro (Bella Naija – Nigeria)




Favourite TV Show

The Thundermans


Favourite Family TV Show

The Muppets


Favourite Male TV Star – Kids’ Show

Ross Lynch – Austin Moon, Austin & Ally


Favourite Male TV Star – Family Show

Jim Parsons – Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory


Favourite Female TV Star – Kids’ Show

Zendaya – K.C. Cooper, K.C. Undercover


Favourite Female TV Star – Family Show

Sofia Vergara – Gloria DelgadoPritchett, Modern Family


Favourite Talent Competition Show

The Voice


Favourite Cooking Show

Cake Boss


Favourite Cartoon

SpongeBob SquarePants




Favourite Movie

Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Favourite Movie Actor

Will Ferrell – Brad Whitaker, Daddy’s Home


Favourite Movie Actress

Jennifer Lawrence – Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2


Favourite Animated Movie

Hotel Transylvania 2


Favourite Voice From an Animated Movie

Amy PoehlerJoy, Inside Out




Favourite Music Group

Fifth Harmony


Favourite Male Singer

Justin Bieber


Favourite Female Singer

Ariana Grande


Favourite Song Of The Year

Hello – Adele


Favourite New Artist

Shawn Mendes


Favourite Collaboration

See You Again – Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth




Favourite Book

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series


Favourite Video Game

Just Dance 2016

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