MTV African Music
MTV (MusicTelevision) collaborated with the Telecommunications Corporation Zain Nigeria
to produce the first annual African Music Awards aka the “MAMA’s” in 2008.
|MTV African Music Awards 2008|
The historical program debuted in Abuja, Nigeria in the velodrome (cycling stadium) on November 22, 2008. The star-studded music awards program featured Artist of the Year, Best Alternative, Best Female, Best Group, Best Hip-Hop, Best Live Performance, Best Male, Best New Act, Best R&B, Rock, Afro-Pop, Funk, and Soul music stars from many African countries.
|Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, known professionally as Wizkid, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter|
French Montana and Trey Songz performed at the 2014 African Music Awards and Kenyan actor Lupita Nyong’o took home the award for Personality of the Year.
MTV African Music Awards Hosts:
2008- Trevor Nelson
2009- Wyclef Jean
2011-2013 - On hiatus
2014- Marlon Wayans
2015 - Anthony Anderson
2016 - Bonang Matheba, Yemi Alade and Nomzamo Mbatha
2017 - On hiatus, Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President of Viacom International Media Network Africa said the company is working to reinvent the MAMA to create a deeper music experience.
2018 - On hiatus, Okosi allude to internal structures are being put in place in a bid to evolve the show. “We are always looking for opportunities to make the MAMAs happen. We are working hard and we’ve looked at the show in terms of how to evolve it because we do believe that MAMA is the epitome of all awards shows… so we are working very hard to make it happen”
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Viacom International Media Networks Africa (previously MTV Networks Africa) is a subsidiary of Viacom.