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2face, Wizkid, Flavour, Olamide, Basketmouth, other stars who failed to win @ MAMA 2015

The 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards has been concluded with Nigeria as the biggest winner of the night.

Nigeria again dominated this year’s MTV Africa Music Awards, MAMA, carting away most of the coveted trophies.

Leading the way was Davido, who retained his title as Africa’s Best male Artiste of the year. Yemi Alade won the Best Female category while P-Square was voted as Best Group and also Artist of the Decade. Patoranking went home with the Best New Act trophy, Dorobucci was rated as the Song of the Year and the Kokomaster, D’banj won the maiden MAMA Evolution. The joint effort of South African artistes- AKA, Da LES & JR and Nigeria’s Burna Boy was rated as the Best Collaboration.

The victory of the Nigerian musicians ensured that the country won in eight (8) out of the 13 categories it was nominated. There were a total of 15 categories at the event.

However, there were other Nigerians who failed to win at the night.

Wizkid and Seyi Shay

Wizkid and Seyi Shay

Wizkid: The Ojuelegba crooner failed to pick the Best Male gong for the second successive year, losing on both occasion to his old friend turned foe, Davido, who is fast becoming his nemesis as well. Wizkid is yet to win a MAMA awards.

Davido (Nigeria)- WINNER
AKA (South Africa), Diamond (Tanzania), Sarkodie (Ghana), Wizkid (Nigeria)

Seyi Shay: Yemi Alade beat Deborah Oluwaseyi Joshua and three others to the Best Female category. The London-born Nigerian singer will hope to get luckier in 2016.

Yemi Alade (Nigeria) – WINNER
Bucie (South Africa), Busiswa (South Africa), Seyi Shay (Nigeria), Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania)

Phyno and Olamide: Amazingly, the two indigenous rappers dropped a collaborative studio album titled 2 Kings on the first day of April but South African rapper Cassper Nyovest was the one sitting on the throne at the MAMA awards on 18th day of July as neither Phyno nor Olamide was considered good enough to wear the crown of the Best Hip Hop act in Africa.

Cassper Nyovest (South Africa) – WINNER
K.O. (South Africa), Phyno (Nigeria), Olamide (Nigeria), Youssoupha (DRC)

Davido and Iyanya: Davido’s The Sound featuring Uhuru and DJ Buckz was not good enough to win the Best Collaboration category. The Bum Bum effort of Iyanya and Diamond was also relegated as All eyes was on the joint effort of South African artistes- AKA, Da LES & JR and Nigeria’s Burna Boy which won the category.

Yemi Alade and Phyno

Yemi Alade and Phyno

AKA, Burna Boy, Da LES & JR: “All Eyes On Me” (SA/Nigeria) – WINNER
Davido featuring Uhuru & DJ Buckz: “The Sound” (Nigeria/SA); Diamond & Iyanya: “Bum Bum” (Kenya/Nigeria); Toofan & DJ Arafat: “Apero Remix” (Togo/Ivory Coast); Stanley Enow & Sarkodie: “Njama Njama Cow Remix” (Cameroon/Ghana)

Lil Kesh and Yemi Alade: Mavins’ Dorobucci won the Song of the Year, at the expense of Shoki Remix by Lil Kesh featuring Olamide and Davido, not even the search for Johnny could help Yemi Alade to the gong. It was also another sad taste for Wizkid as he was ignored by voters and the organisers.

Mavins: “Dorobucci” (Nigeria) – WINNER
Cassper Nyovest: “Doc Shebeleza” (South Africa); Euphonik featuring Mpumi: “Busa” (South Africa); DJ Fisherman & NaakMusiQ featuring DJ Tira, Danger & Dream Team: “Call Out” (South Africa); K.O featuring Kid X: “Caracara” (South Africa); Lil Kesh Featuring Olamide & Davido: “Shoki Remix” (Nigeria); Sauti Sol: “Sura Yako” (Kenya); Toofan: “Gweta” (Togo); Wizkid: “Show You The Money” (Nigeria); Yemi Alade: “Johnny” (Nigeria)

Flavour: Flavour N’abania (Chinedu Okoli) was disappointed at the event as Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz went home with the Best Live gong. The Ada Ada crooner can look to the brighter side of his career.

Diamond (Tanzania) – WINNER
Big Nuz (South Africa);Flavour (Nigeria);Mi Casa (South Africa);Toofan (Togo)

Seyi Shay, Wizkid, Davido and Clarence Peters: For Wizkid, it was another heartbreak on a crazy night as the Starboy, Seyi Shay and Meji Alabi were denied the prestigious Video of the year gong by Riky Rick’s Nafukwa video directed by Adriaan Louw. The Sound by Davido, directed by Sesan and Love you Everyday directed by Clarence Peters were also in the category.

“Nafukwa” – Riky Rick; Director: Adriaan Louw- WINNER
“Crazy” – Seyi Shay Featuring Wizkid; Director: Meji Alabi; “Doors” – Prime Circle; Director: Ryan Kruger; “Love You Everyday” – Bebe Cool; Director: Clarence Peters; “The Sound” – Davido Featuring Uhuru & DJ Buckz; Director: Sesan.

Nneka: Nneka Lucia Egbuna was unable to win the Best Pop & Alternative gong., losing the prize to Jeremy Loops of South Africa.

Jeremy Loops (South Africa) – WINNER
Fuse ODG (Ghana); Jimmy Nevis (South Africa); Nneka (Nigeria); Prime Circle (South Africa)



Basketmouth, OC Ukeje: South African comedian and actor, Trevor Noah won the Personality of the Year ahead of Basketmouth and OC Ukeje.

Trevor Noah (South Africa) – WINNER
Basketmouth (Nigeria); Bonang Matheba (South Africa); OC Ukeje (Nigeria); Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast)

Asa, 2face and Psquare: The MAMA Evolution category was made up of the heavyweights on the continent. Kokomaster, D’banj won the trophy, which ensured that compatriots- Asa, 2face and Psquare were left out.


Asa (Nigeria); Psquare (Nigeria), 2face (Nigeria) ; Fally Ipupa (DRC); Samini (Ghana);HHP (South Africa) ;Chameleone (Uganda); Black Coffee (South Africa); Anselmo Ralph (Angola).

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