MTV Africa Music Awards Make A Splash

MAMA's take another step in the right direction with this years edition!

Since its inception in 2008, the African editon of the MTV Music Awards has grown leaps and bounds and this year was no different. This instalment of the famous american award show was originally created to celebrate the new contemporary music in Africa and enlighten the world around them of the talents brewing in the nation. The event was held at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa this past weekend and attracted world wide attention from viewers and artists alike!

Originally, African artists had been celebrated and recognized in the MTV Europe Mucis Awards untill Alex Okosi, Senior VP of the MTV Africa networks, saw the massive potential in the country and found a way to to bring the award show to the continent. The first show was held at the Velodrome, Abuja in Nigeria and was even broadcasted world wide that week!

With local South African artists such as Yemi Alade and Tecko scooping awards to represent for their country, Wizkid made a statement by receiving awards in three different categories! South Africa also took home the crown for the most awards in the night with six reciepients from the host nation. The show was also highlighted by performances by nominees and even international super star Future.

Leading up to the show there were four concerts that helped highlight local nominees in South Africa, the Republic of Congo, Lagos and Kenya and enabled MTV to gain awareness all over the continent. Take a look at the list below and leave a comment on our Facebook page with what you think of the list!


-Best Female Artist:

  Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

- Best Male Artist:

  Wizkid (Nigeria)

-Best Group

  Sauti Sol (Kenya)

- Best Breakthrough Act

  Tekno (Nigeria)

- Best Live Act

  Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)

-Best Francophone

  Serge Beynaud (Ivory Coast)

-Best Lusophone

  C4 Pedro (Angola)

-Best Pop/Alternative

  Shekinah & Kyle Deutsch (South Africa)

- Best Hip HOp in Association with MTN

  Emtee (South Africa)

- Best International Act


-Legend Award

  Hugh Masekela

- Best Collaboration in partnership with Absolut

  DJ Mphorisa ft. Wizkid & DJ Buckz (SA/NG)

-Video of the Year

  Youssoupha (Congo) - "Niquer Ma Vie"

-Personality of the Year in association with DSTV

  Caster Semenya (South Africa)

-Africa Re-Imagined Award

  Vivian Onano & Mary Taedzerwa

- Artist of the Year

  Wizkid (Nigeria)

- Song of the Year in partnership with Google

  Patoranking ft Wande Coal - "My woman, My Everything"

-Listener's Choice Award

  Jah Prayzah