2015 MTV African Music Awards

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by: Obehi Imarenezor

African unity was front and center at this years MAMA Awards. Black excellence from all over the world came together to show love and support to Africa’s brightest entertainment stars. What was perhaps most notable, was the amount of crossover appeal that was demonstrated. From American actor Anthony Anderson as a host, and Trinidadian-American rapper Nicki Minaj as a winner, this award show showed that our presence reaches far beyond the coasts of Africa.

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Iyanya on the red carpet.
P-Square holding their award for Best Group.
P-Square holding their award for Best Group.
Yemi Alade
Yemi Alade
TV media personality, Stephanie, snaps a pic with Jhene Aiko.
TV media personality, Stephanie, snaps a pic with Jhene Aiko.
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WizKid, HKN Chairman & Davido
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Ne-Yo poses on the red carpet.

Missed the show? Don’t worry, check out this years big winners below:

Best Female: Yemi Alade (Nigeria)
Best Male: Davido (Nigeria)
Best Group: P-Square (Nigeria)
Best New Act Transformed by Absolut: Patoranking (Nigeria)
Best Hip Hop: Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Best Collaboration: AKA, Burna Boy, Da LES & JR: “All Eyes On Me” (SA/Nigeria)
Song of the Year: Mavins: “Dorobucci” (Nigeria)
Best Live: Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Video of the Year: “Nafukwa” – Riky Rick; Director: Adriaan Louw
Best Pop & Alternative: Jeremy Loops (South Africa)
Best Francophone: DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast)
Best Lusophone: Ary (Angola)
Personality of the Year: Trevor Noah (South Africa)
MAMA Evolution: D’Banj (Nigeria)
Best International: Nicki Minaj
Artist of the Decade: P-Square
MTV Base Leadership Award: Saran Kaba Jones & S’Bu Mavundla

Obehi is a contributing writer for The Gist. Follow her on Instagram @findmeinthe90s

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