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The Event That Was MTV MAMA’s 2015

The MTV African Music Awards, popularly known as MAMA’s was held in Durban at the the Durban International Convention Center on the 18th of July. This award was a major smash for Nigerian entertainers as they bagged 6 awards out of the 17 award categories. The host was none other than US comedian Anthony Anderson who hosted the show last year as well.

10 years ago on the same day Mandela was there to honour MTV base and it was also Mandela Day. Durban was truly ablaze with celebrations, a sight to behold.

The red carpet was lit with class, style and obviously people who didn’t get the memo. Just one of those things that must happen at an award show right?

Performances were stellar. Some better than most and some people came with boring routines and songs. African performers need to step up their game.

We did not forget the presence of international stars Neyo and Jhene Aiko at the award and Neyo’s performance with Seyi Shay for like three minutes.

Last but certainly not the least and the main reason there was a show in the first place is the list of winners who made their countries and fans proud.

And the award goes to…………..

Best Female: Yemi Alade (Nigeria)



Best Male: Davido (Nigeria)

Best Group: P-Square (Nigeria)
Best New Act Transformed by Absolut: Patoranking (Nigeria)

Best Hip Hop: Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Best Collaboration: AKA, Burna Boy, Da LES & JR: “All Eyes On Me” (SA/Nigeria)

Song of the Year: Mavins: “Dorobucci” (Nigeria)
Best Live: Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Video of the Year: “Nafukwa”– Riky Rick; Director: Adriaan Louw
Best Pop & Alternative: Jeremy Loops (South Africa)
Best Francophone: DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast)
Best Lusophone: Ary (Angola)

Personality of the Year: Trevor Noah (South Africa)
MAMA Evolution: D’Banj (Nigeria)

Best International: Nicki Minaj
Artist of the Decade: P-Square

MTV Base Leadership Award: Saran Kaba Jones & S’Bu Mavundla


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