The much anticipated MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) with Airtel came off last night at the Eko Expo Hall, Lagos with one or two surprises. One of the biggest successes in the past year, Wande Coal missed out on the honours, and there wasn’t too much Nigerian domination this year. Ghana’s only representative, Sarkodie lost the Best Anglophone nod to Daddy Owen. However the Ghanaian rapper got the chance to shine in a mash up with Chuck D of Public Enemy fame and Nigerian female rap newcomer, Mo Cheddah. However the big winners on the night were Fally Ipupa winning Best Video and Best Francophone; and 2face winning Best Male and Best Artist.
The 2010 MAMAs was hosted by US female rap star, Eve. Guest presenters and celebrity guests included Ba Ponga, Dama do Bling, Lizha James, Daniel Amokachi, Oluchi, Julius Agwu, Genevieve Nnaji, Muthoni, Nneka, MTV VJs Vanessa Mdee & Sizwe Dhlomo, Tatiana, JoJo and fashion designer Lisa Foluniyo.
Full list of winners:
Best Anglophone – Daddy Owen (Kenya)
Best Francophone – Fally Ipupa (DRC)
Best Lusophone – Cabo Snoop (Angola)
Artist of the Year- 2Face (Nigeria)
Best Female – Sasha (Nigeria)
Best Male – 2Face (Nigeria)
Best Video – Fally Ipupa (DRC): “Sexy Dance”
Best Group – P-Square (Nigeria)
Brand New Act – Mo Cheddah (Nigeria)
Best Performance – Big Nuz (South Africa)
Song of the Year – Liquideep (South Africa): “Fairytale”
MAMA Legend – Miriam Makeba (South Africa)
Best International – Eminem (USA).