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Mtv Africa Music Awards
Awarded for Best in music
Presented by MTV
First awarded 2008
Official Website {{{website}}}

The MTV Africa Music Awards (also known as the MAMA's) were established in 2008 by MTV Networks Africa to celebrate the most popular music in Africa.



Originally African artists were awarded an MTV Europe Music Award voted by MTV Base Africa viewers for Best African artist in the 2006 and 2007[1] MTV Europe Music Awards. The first awards show was held at the Velodrome, Abuja in Nigeria on November 22 and was broadcasted around the world on November 29 in conjunction with Zain and local television channels in Africa[2]. The show was hosted by Trevor Nelson[3]. The awards were preceded by four concerts celebrating the musicians nominated for the awards. There were concerts featuring international and local nominees, which took place in Johanesburg, South Africa on November 5, Nairobi, Kenya on November 9, the Democratic Republic of the Congo on November 13 and Lagos, Nigeria on November 15, 2008[4]. The Award categories include Artist of the Year, Best Alternative, Best Female, Best Group, Best Hip-Hop, Best Live Performance, Best Male, Best New Act, Best R&B, Video of the Year and the MY Video Award which allows viewers to make their own version of a music video. The MTV Africa Music Awards was conceived and created by the VP and MD of the Network in Africa, Alex Okosi and Head of Events for Viacom & MTV in Africa Jandre Louw (both who also historically launched MTV into Africa in 2004)[5] The 2009 event was hosted by Nairobi, Kenya at the Moi International Sports Centre, On the 10th of October 2009 and will Broadcasted on the 17th of October 2009 on MTV base Africa [6]

Host Cities

Year Country Host city Venue Host(s)
2008 Flag of Nigeria.svg Nigeria Abuja Velodrome Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Trevor Nelson
2009 Flag of Kenya.svg Kenya Nairobi Moi International Sports Centre Flag of Haiti.svg Wyclef Jean

Current Award Categories

  • Artist of the Year
  • Best Alternative
  • Best Female
  • Best Group*
  • Best Hip-Hop
  • Best Live Performance
  • Best Male
  • Best New Act
  • Best R&B
  • Video of the Year
  • My Video

Award winners







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