Nigeria snags most honors at MTV Africa Music Awards

2Face and Fally Ipupa each take two honors

LAGOS, Nigeria — Nigerian acts brought home five of the 13 awards at the third MTV Africa Music Awards at Lagos’ Eko Hotel arena on Saturday night.

The evening’s big winners were 2Face and Fally Ipupa. 2Face took artist of the year and male singer while Ipupa won for vido and best Francophone singer.

Rick Ross and rap pioneers Public Enemy were among the American acts who performed with hip hop stars from all over Africa, but it was absentee Eminem who won the event’s only non-African prize when he accepted the best international award via a satellite link.

Nigerian vocalist Sasha picked up the nation’s first win in the female singer category, while fellow countrymen P-Square took home the group title for the third year in a row. In the Brand New category another Nigerian had reason to celebrate as rising star Mo Cheddah notched up her first win.

MTV Networks Africa senior VP and managing director Alex Okosi said: “This was a joyful and uplifting celebration of African youth culture and music. It brought together the best talent from across Africa to showcase the incredible music that Africa has to offer to the world. It is amazing to see the collaborations between the artists as it fosters a spirit of camaraderie and creative exchange that takes their music to a new level.”

And the winners are:

Artist of the year, 2Face (Nigeria)

Video, Fally Ipupa (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Brand New, Mo Cheddah (Nigeria)

Group, P-Square (Nigeria)

Male singer, 2Face (Nigeria)

Female singer, Sasha (Nigeria)

Song of the year, Liquideep (South Africa)

Best Lusophone, Cabo Snoop (Angola)

Best Francophone, Fally Ipupa (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Best Anglophone, Daddy Owen (Kenya)

Best International, Eminem (U.S.)

Best performance, Big Nuz (South Africa)

MAMA Legend, Miriam Makeba (South Africa)