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Wizkid Bags 3 Major Awards, Yemi Alade Gets Best Female @ MAMA

It was definitely a prestigious night to a Nigerian young talented music maker, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun otherwise known as WIZKID at the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) held last Saturday night at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg.
The music award, which was hosted by Bonang Matheba, saw Wizkid walked away with three major awards namely: Artist of the Year, Best Male and Best Collaboration.
The young charming writer cum performer was not just the only Nigerian honoured at the award, an afropop singer, who gained prominence after winning the Peak Talent Show in 2009, Yemi Alade, who was a co-host, took home Best Female, while Tekno was named Best Breakthrough Act.
South Africa also fared quite well as Cassper Nyovest picked up Best Live Act, while Emtee was deemed Best Hip Hop and Caster Semenya got the 2016 Person of the Year as Hugh Masekela was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The luscious event was spiced up with some hit tracks. Soweto Gospel Choir gave a hearty rendition of Korede Bello’s ‘Godwin’ at the opening, while Kwesta turned up the heat with his hit single as Stonebwoy brought some reggae flavour to the show.
Kenya didn’t disappoint either, as Sauti Sol got the award for Best Group. Again, Patoranking featuring Nigeria’s Wande Coal got the Song of the Year in partnership with Google with “My Woman, My Everything”.
The Video of the Year went to “Niquer Ma Vie” – Youssoupha (Congo), directed by Antony Abdelli & Jose Eon, while the Best Pop & Alternative went to Shekinah & Kyle Deutsch (South Africa) as the Best Francophone went to Serge Beynaud (Ivory Coast). The Best Lusophone was C4 Pedro (Angola); the Personality of the Year in association with DSTV was Caster Semenya (South Africa) and the Legend Award went to Hugh Masekela. The Best Collaboration in partnership with ABSOLUT: DJ Maphorisa feat. Wizkid & DJ Buckz – “Soweto Baby” (South Africa/Nigeria), while Africa Reimagined was Vivian Onano and Mary Taedzerwa, as the Best International was Drake (U.S.A.).
Comedian AY decided to give Minnie Dlamini a quick performance before announcing the winner of the ‘Best Live Act’, Cassper Nyovest as Patoranking, dressed in a Jamaican inspired outfit took to the stage to perform ‘My woman, my everything’.
Fashion designer Sheba announced the Best Female in Africa as Yemi Alade, and Alade, who won for a second year in a row, performed with her ‘Azonto’ freestyle, backed by drummers and dancers. Also, Nigeria’s Falz performed ‘Soft work’, while Ycee performed ‘Jagaban’.

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