So, the MTV MAMAs 2016 have come and gone but the memories still linger from the red carpet to the three fabulous hostesses then the performances.
It was an enjoyable show to watch and I still say that award event organisers need to learn a lesson or two from the organisers of the MAMAs. The stage and lighting were state of the art. That said, let’s get on with the awards.
Wizkid’s hardwork this year paid off after running off with the most important awards of the night. Winning the Best Male Act, Best Collaboration (Soweto baby with DJ Mamphorisa and DJ. Buckz) and the most coveted award of the night Artiste of the Year. The Starboy also showed the whole of Africa why he deserved the awards with his spectacular performance. Oh, how much I loved the Ojuelegba performance with the choir thingy, splendid. Congrats to the Starboy.
Here’s a rundown of categories and winners:
Artist of the Year: Wizkid (Nigeria)
Best Female: Yemi Alade (Nigeria)
Best Male: Wizkid (Nigeria)
Best Group: Sauti Sol (Kenya)
Best Breakthrough Act: Tekno (Nigeria)
Best Live Act: Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Best Hip Hop in association with MTN: Emtee (South Africa)
Song of the Year in partnership with Google: “My Woman, My Everything” Patoranking feat. Wande Coal (Nigeria)
Listener’s Choice: Jah Prayzah (Zimbabwe)
Video of the Year: “Niquer Ma Vie” – Youssoupha (Congo) – Director: Antony Abdelli & Jose Eon
Best Pop & Alternative: Shekhinah & Kyle Deutsch (South Africa)
Best Francophone: Serge Beynaud (Ivory Coast)
Best Lusophone: C4 Pedro (Angola)
Personality of the Year in association with DSTV: Caster Semenya (South Africa)
Legend Award: Hugh Masekela
Best Collaboration in partnership with ABSOLUT: DJ Maphorisa feat. Wizkid & DJ Buckz – “Soweto Baby” (South Africa/Nigeria)
Africa Reimagined: Vivian Onano and Mary Taedzerwa
Best International: Drake (USA)