Nairobi, Kenya was certainly the place to be this weekend!
Superstar celebrities, socialites, African glitterati & music fans from all over Africa were in Nairobi this past weekend to celebrate at the 2009 MTV African Music Awards with Zain. MTV Networks International’s chairman and chief executive Bill Roedy said that the MTV African Music Awards with Zain are a “celebration of African music and African culture.”
Held at the Moi International Sports Centre in Kenya, the award show was hosted by Wyclef Jean…from the picture below, the award show looked like it was BANANAS (no pun intended!!)
And the winners of the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards are…
HHP (South Africa) won Best Music Video (for Mpitse)
2Face (Nigeria) won Best R&B
MI (Nigeria) won Best New Act & Best Hip Hop
Zebra & Giraffe (South Africa) won Best Alternative
Nameless (Kenya) won Best Male
Amani (Kenya) won Best Female
Samini (Ghana) won Best Performer
P-Square (Nigeria) won Best Group
D’Banj (Nigeria) won Artist of the year
Lucky Dube (South Africa) – MAMA Legend – Thokozani collected award on behalf of his dad.
Nigeria’s Mr. Incredible or M.I. to his fans!
Unlike the 2008 MAMAs, which featured Kelly Rowland, the Game and Flo Rider, Wyclef Jean and Senegalese-born U.S. super-star Akon were the only international performers at the MTV award show. And apparently both of the mega-stars made a point of emphasizing their African connections.
South Africa’s Jabulani Tsambo, better known as HHP (Hip Hop Pantsula)
There were also a series of collaborative performances – South Africans HHP, Zebra & Giraffe, neo-soul singer Lira and hip-hop star, Da LES; Kenyans Amani, Wahu and Nameless, and Nigeria’s R&B singer, 2Face.
Kenyan musician Amani (her real name is Cecilia Wairimu) won for her song ‘Tonight’
Highlights also included a tribute to MAMA legend award winner, South Africa’s reggae star Lucky Dube who was murdered in 2007.
Thokozani Dube received his dad, Lucky Dube’s MAMA Legend award
Our peeps at Capital FM Lifesyle who attended the award show tell us that Akon’s baby mama Susan Owori from Uganda was not the main feature for the Senegalese singer during his visit to Kenya. Susan was a no-show at the concert, but supposedly Akon, whose real name is Aliaune Badara Akon Thiam , managed to meet up with another gorgeous Kenyan girl…
Susan Owori is the younger sister of Kampala socialite, fashion designer and magazine publisher, Sylvia Awori, who is carving out her niche in Nairobi & Kampala.
Kenya and Nigeria were the big winners, bagging eight awards, three of which went Kenya and five to Nigeria.
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