Nigerian pop star Davido won the highly coveted Artist of the Year award at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards popularly known as the MAMAs.
Holding off competition from artists such as compatriot Wizkid, Angola’s Anselmo Ralph, and Tanzania’s Diamond, he also won the Best Male category. The singer’s double win is remarkable for the fact that his only album, Omo Baba Olowo, was released well over a year ago.
His strong showing led a successful Nigerian contigent at the awards, with songstress Tiwa Savage winning Best Female Act.
Tiwa danced on stage with her hubby Tunji Balogun to collect her award in a category having Gabon’s Arielle T, Ghana’s Efya and others. Her MAVINS bandmates, Don Jazzy and Dr Sid, produced a thrilling performance of the latter’s Surulere, with host Marlon Wayans commenting on the ubiquity of doctors in music but reassuring the audience that Dr Sid is a real doctor.
American R&B artists Trey Songs and Miguel, Ghana’s Sarkodie, Nigeria’s D’banj, and rapper French Montana also gave performances on the night.
Flavour winning the Best Live Act award and Clarence Peters winning Best Video for his work on Burna Boy’s Run My Race wrapped up the Nigerian domination at the event which held June 7 at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Durban, South Africa.
Host country South Africa were not without winners of their own. The country’s duo, Mafikizolo, who collaborated with Davido this year, received the award for Best Group, beating among others, Nigeria’s P-Square. The group’s international hit Khona also won for them the Song of the Year award.
Other countries represented in the winner’s list include, Ghana, Cameroun and Togo.
Nigeria’s Toyosi Akerele missed out on the inaugural MTV Base Leadership Award, losing to Tanzania’s Ashish J. Thakkar, who is reputed to have started his first company at age 15.
Below, full list of winners.
Artist of the Year: Davido (Nigeria)
Song of the Year: “Khona” – Mafikizolo ft Uhuru (South Africa)
Best Male: Davido (Nigeria)
Best Female: Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Best Group: Mafikizolo (South Africa)
Best New Act: Stanley Enow (Cameroon)
Best Live Act: Flavour (Nigeria)
Best Collaboration: “Y-tjukutja” – Uhuru Ft. Oskido, DJ Bucks, Professor and Yuri Da Cunha (South Africa/Angola)
Best Hip Hop: Sarkodie (Ghana)
Best Alternative: Gangs of Ballet (South Africa)
Best Francophone: Toofan (Togo)
Best Lusophone: Anselmo Ralph (Angola)
Best Video: Clarence Peters (Nigeria)
Best Pop: Goldfish (South Africa)
Best International: Pharrell
Personality of the Year: Lupita Nyong’o (Kenya)
MTV Base Leadership Award: Ashish J. Thakkar (Tanzania)
Transform Today Award by Absolut: Clarence Peters (Nigeria)