Wizkid was the biggest winner on the night as he scooped three awards at the 2016 MAMAs.
The Nigerian pop sensation won the prestigious Best Male and Artist of the Year categories. His third award was for Best Collaboration was for his featured performance with DJ Maphorisa.
The event, in its sixth edition held at the TicketPro Dome in Northgate, Johannesburg, South Africa
The awards was an exhilarating celebration of African music and achievement with electrifying display of live performances and incredible state-of-the-art staging and lighting.
Another Nigerian, Patoranking won the Song of the Year category sponsored by Google for his chart-topping hit, “My Woman, My Everything”. Yemi Alade walked away with the Best Female trophy. Tekno Miles also carted away the Best New Act Award to make it a great night for Nigerian acts. .
Other Winners At The MAMAs
Kenyan Afro-pop band, Sauti Sol lifted the Best Group award. South African stars Cassper Nyovest and Emtee won for Best Live and Best Hip Hop respectively. Shekhinah and Kyle Deutsch also scored gold in Best Pop/Alternative.
The Africa Reimagined award, a category honouring individuals reshaping the narrative around Africa, was awarded to youth activists, Vivian Onano and Mary Taedzerwa, for their pro-social activism on the continent.
World-renowned South African jazz legend and Grammy award winner, Hugh Masekela, got the Legend Award.
Drake also won the Best International Act award.
6th MAMAs: A Thrilling Spectacle
The event was hosted by South African media darling Bonang Matheba supported by Nomzamo Mbatha and Yemi Alade.
It featured awards in 18 categories, presented by famous faces from around the continent, including Minnie Dlamini, Jackie Appiah, Weza, Navy Kenzo, AY, R2Bees, Juliet Ibrahim, Sheeba, Somizi and Sizwe Dhlomo.
There were electric performances from Africa’s foremost artists. Also thrilling collaborations were the highlight of the show, including Kwesta and Stonebwoy, who performed a high-powered remix of Kwesta’s hit song “Ngud”.
American Star, Future lit up the stage with hits “Wicked”, “Lowlife” and “Commas”. Big winner Wizkid also thrilled the crowd with support from the world famous Soweto Gospel Choir
The most touching moment of the night was a show-stopping tribute to late “Nkalakatha” of Kwaito, Mandoza, by legends Mdu, Trompies and DJ Cleo.
MAMA once again delivered a powerful platform to celebrate African achievement. The memories will last with the audience for a long time, while waiting for the next edition.