By Benjamin Njoku
Walking the red-carpet at the awards night, all eyes were turned and fixed on the celebrities and TV executives particularly from Nigeria. Among them were Psquare who looked splendid in their designer’s suits, 2face, Don Jazzy, D’banj, Davido, Flavour, OC Ukeje, Wizkid, Patoranking, and Yemi Alade.
Others popular faces included Dare Art-Alade, Bonang Matheba, South Africa’s singer, AKA, HHP, Chameleone, Dreamteam, HHP, Riky Rick, Samini, Bebe Cool, Mpumi, Jovi, Uhuru and Vanessa Mdee, OAP Toolz, MTV Shuga star and Mr Nigeria Emmanuel Ikbese, BET “Top Actor” winner Altovise Lawrence, Miss South Africa Liesl Laurie, Boity, Khuli Chana, Joselyn Dumas, Jessica Nkosi, actress Zikhona Sodlaka, and MTV Base VJs Sizwe, Nomuzi, Ehiz and Sandile.
Despite fencing them off indiscriminately in a waist-high steel pen alongside the red carpet, TV, print, and online media media journalists stopped at nothing to get snap interviews and quick shots of the celebrities. The highpoint of the night was the presentation of awards which saw Nigeria dominating this year’s MAMA again with seven awards.
Artiste of the Decade and Group award went to P-Square; D’Banj (Mama Evolution), Mavins (Song of the Year), Patoranking (Best New Act), Davido (Best Male Act) and Yemi Alade (Best female Act). Davido won the same award last year. The ‘Aye’ crooner beat his South African counterpart, AKA, Diamond from Tanzania, Ghanaian Sarkodie and Wizkid to clinch the trophy.
Other winners were Diamond Platnumz (Best Live), DJ Arafat (Best Francophone), Ary (Best Lusophone), Nicki Minaj (Best International Act), Sibusiso Mavundla and Saran Kaba Jones (MTV Base leadership award). South Africa and Nigeria shared this year’s Best collaboration award which went to AKA, Das Les, JR and Burna Boy for the song, “All Eyes On Me.”
Emmy award nominated actor, Anthony Anderson, who hosted the show, captivated the 5,000 audience that thronged the event venue with his lively humour, engaging charisma, and unexpected outfit changes. It was another memorable outing for Nigeria at this year’s MAMA. Not only did our superstars cart away most of the awards, they lighted up the stage with their electrifying performances.
Opening the floor on the night was 2face, who performed his evergreen song, “African Queen”,alongside South African RnB and House singer, Bucie. His performance got everyone dancing and singing along with him. Thereafter, Yemi Alade, pairing up with a Kenyan Afro-pop band, took the stage and gave a remarkable performance.
But a glowing stint came from D’banj and Artist of the Decade winners, P-Square, featuring hit tracks “Personally” and “Shekini.” D’banj’s performing his “O’liver Twist” song set the stage on fire, leaving the audience yearning for more. Another memorable performances at the event was the surprise performance involving American singer Ne-Yo and songbird, Seyi Shay. The two got the audience screaming with excitement as they performed a rehearsed duet of Ne-Yo’s ‘Coming With You’ track.
Other performers were Davido, DJ Fisherman, NaakmusiQ, DJ Tira, Anselmo Ralph, Danger from Big Nuz, Duncan, Burna Boy, Stonebwoy, Da LES, Diamond, Flavour, Toofan, D’Banj, Uhuru, Black Motion and Cassper Nyovest.
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