Nige­ria’s Wizkid, S Africa’s Se­menya take top MTV awards

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Nige­rian afro-pop star Wizkid and South Africa’s Olympic gold medal­ist Caster Se­menya won top prizes at the 2016 MTV Africa Mu­sic Awards in Jo­han­nes­burg on Satur­day. Wizkid was named artist of the year and best male mu­si­cian and also won the prize for top col­lab­o­ra­tion at the awards, which cel­e­brate pan-African mu­sic, youth cul­ture and tal­ent, with the win­ners cho­sen by pub­lic vote. Se­menya, who won gold in the women’s 800-me­tres at the Rio Olympic in Au­gust, re­ceived loud ap­plause when she was crowned per­son­al­ity of the year.

“I would like to thank God for this pre­cious tal­ent. It’s been a fan­tas­tic year for me,” the run­ner, who has been dogged by ques­tions around her gen­der, said. The Satur­day night cer­e­mony was orig­i­nally set to be hosted by South African co­me­dian and US television star Trevor Noah, but he called in sick so South African TV per­son­al­ity Bo­nang Matheba stepped in. South Africa’s jazz icon and Grammy award win­ner Hugh Masekela won the le­gend of the year award, and briefly rapped as he ac­cepted his prize. For a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, Nige­rian artist Yemi Alade walked away with the best fe­male award tro­phy while Kenyan Afro-pop band Sauti Sol took the best group award.

Alex Okosi, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of Vi­a­com In­ter­na­tional Me­dia Net­works Africa, which runs the MTV Awards said Satur­day’s awards “brought the con­ti­nent to­gether, show­cas­ing the amaz­ing cre­ativ­ity and tal­ent that Africa has to of­fer.”

A re­cent study has found grow­ing de­mand for home­grown con­tem­po­rary mu­sic across Africa, which is driv­ing a cre­ative boom in an in­dus­try oth­er­wise bat­tered by fall­ing CD sales and ram­pant piracy. The MTV Africa mu­sic awards were first staged in 2008 and have each year rec­og­nized iconic mu­si­cians from across the con­ti­nent. — AFP

Singer Wizkid was named artist of the year and best male mu­si­cian and also won the prize for top col­lab­o­ra­tion at the 2016 MTV Africa Mu­sic Awards. — AFP

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