Davido sets the bar high

EX­CITE­MENT: WALKS AWAY WITH TWO AWARDS AT MTV EMAS

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - CITY - Tshep­iso Makhele

‘En­ter­tain­ment king of Africa’.

MTV recog­nised artists from around the globe with World­wide Act Awards and Best Lo­cal Act Awards for mul­ti­ple re­gions – in­clud­ing Spain, Nether­lands, Ja­pan and Nige­ria – at the MTV EMAs held at The SSE Arena in Wem­b­ley, Lon­don re­cently.

World­wide Act recog­nises those artists who have evolved their foot­print and es­tab­lished their names be­yond their lo­cal bor­ders in 2017.

They are se­lected from all the re­gional EMA award nom­i­nees by an in­ter­na­tional panel of MTV mu­sic ex­ec­u­tives.

The Best African Act was awarded to Nige­rian mu­sic sen­sa­tion Davido, whose mu­sic has man­aged to get peo­ple around the world mov­ing on the dance floor.

“This is a proud mo­ment for African tal­ent. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Davido for win­ning the Best African Act and as co-win­ner of the World­wide Act at the 2017 MTV EMAs,” said Alex Okosi, ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent and man­ag­ing direc­tor for Vi­a­com In­ter­na­tional Me­dia Net­works (VIMN) Africa and BET In­ter­na­tional, adding that all the nom­i­nees at this year’s awards serve as an in­spi­ra­tion to young artists on the con­ti­nent. “These ac­co­lades are in­dica­tive of our com­mit­ment to el­e­vate and un­lock Africa’s col­lec­tive tal­ent and po­ten­tial on a global scale,” Okosi added. “Two EMAs! This is emo­tional. Say hello to MTV’S EMA 2017 Best African Act and Best World­wide Act. Thank you again world,” said Davido, who left fans rav­ing about his mas­sive achieve­ment on so­cial me­dia, with some call­ing him the “en­ter­tain­ment king of Africa” and most con­grat­u­lat­ing him for be­ing the only African artist to have re­leased two mu­sic videos, with more than 20 mil­lion YouTube views each in 2017.

Davido – real name David Ad­edeji Adeleke – is a Nige­rian record­ing artist, per­former and record pro­ducer whose 2011 sin­gle, Dami Duro, was well-re­ceived through­out Nige­ria, man­ag­ing to se­cure a spot for him in the en­ter­tain­ment world, where he later es­tab­lished his own mu­sic la­bel, Davido Mu­sic World­wide (DMW).

The 24-year-old if hit-maker ded­i­cated his Best African Act award to a spe­cial woman in his life. “Thank you ev­ery­body. This is for you mom,” he said.

This year’s MTV EMAs opened with Best Hip-Hop win­ner Eminem do­ing an or­ches­tra-backed per­for­mance, along with guest artist Sky­lar Grey, of his newly dropped track Walk on Wa­ter.

This is a proud mo­ment for African tal­ent. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Davido for win­ning the Best African Act and as co-win­ner of the World­wide Act at the 2017 MTV EMAs. Alex Okosi Ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent and man­ag­ing sirec­tor of Vi­a­com In­ter­na­tional Me­dia Net­works (VIMN)

Pic­tures: Gallo Im­ages

FOR MOM. Davido.

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