MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) 2008: Winners & Photos

The 1st Edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) has come and gone.

It was an exciting show and its seemed as though the theme was FUSION.

Acts from different musical genres and backgrounds came together to light up the stage. The craziest collaboration was between South African rockers Cassette, Kenyan hip-hop king Jua Cali and Nigerian stars Naeto C & Ikechukwu.

D'Banj & Kelly Rowland performed a duet

D'Banj & Kelly Rowland performed a duet

Nigerian songstress Asa performed with SA's HHP

Nigerian songstress Asa performed 'Jailer' with SA's HHP

SA's Jozi tore up the stage with P-Square

SA's Jozi tore up the stage with P-Square

Seun Kuti

Seun & Yeni Kuti paid tribute to FELA

FloRida

FloRida

The Game with a young fan

The Game with a young fan

Jay Jay Okocha shows off his skills

Jay Jay Okocha shows off his skills

Host, Trevor Nelson

Host, Trevor Nelson

THE WINNERS

The Legend Award
Fela Kuti

Best Female Artist

Kenya's Wahu

Kenya's Wahu celebrates her win

Wahu (Kenya) – Winner
Asa (Nigeria)
Dama Do Bling (Mozambique)
Sasha (Nigeria)
Zonke (South Africa)

Best Male Artist
Jua Cali (Kenya)
2Face (Nigeria)
D’Banj (Nigeria)
DJ Cleo (South Africa)
HHP (South Africa)

Best Live Performer

Jozi

Jozi

Samini (Ghana)
D’Banj (Nigeria)
P-Square (Nigeria)
Cassette (South Africa)
Jozi (South Africa)- Winner

Best Group

P-Square

P-Square

P-Square (Nigeria) – Winner
Freshly Ground (South Africa)
Jozi (South Africa)
The Parlotones (South Africa)
East African Bashment Crew (Uganda) – Bebe Cool and Necessary Noize

Best Alternative
Buraka Som Sistema (Portugal)
Goldfish (South Africa)
Seether (South Africa) – Winner
The Parlotones (South Africa)
Coldplay (UK)

Best Hip-Hop Artist

9ice holds up the trophy

9ice (Nigeria) – Winner
HHP (South Africa)
Professor Jay (Tanzania)
Lil Wayne (USA)
The Game (USA)

Best R&B

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland picks up the award on behalf of Alicia

P-Square (Nigeria)
Akon (Senegal/USA)
Loyiso (South Africa)
Alicia Keys (USA) – Winner
Rihanna (USA)

Best Artist of the year

DBanj

DBanj gets up close an personal with his trophy

Asa (Nigeria)
D’Banj (Nigeria) – Winner
P-Square (Nigeria)
HHP (South Africa)
Seether (South Africa)

Best New Act

Naeto C gets emotional

Naeto C gets emotional

Kwaw Kese (Ghana)
Wahu (Kenya)
9ice (Nigeria)
Naeto C (Nigeria) – Winner
Da L.E.S. (South Africa)

Best Video

Ikechukwu raises his trophy

Ikechukwu raises his trophy

Movaizhaleine (Gabon) – Nous
Ikechukwu (Nigeria) – Wind Am Well – Winner
P-Square (Nigeria) – Roll It
Freshlyground (South Africa) – Pot Belly
Pro Kid (South Africa) – Uthini Ngo Pro

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Congrats to all the winners and nominees!!!!! I am sooo proud of all of them! Most of these people have been on the GRIND for so many years, its great to see them get just rewards.

86 Comments on MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) 2008: Winners & Photos
  • Toni November 23, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Bella thanks for the post. Keep up the Great work.
    Do you know when the award show would air on MTV2?

  • Adaobi November 23, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Seether won best alternative.

  • Adaobi November 23, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Toni, it will air on the 29th on local Afican stations and on some international stations as well. Don’t actually know the stations or times yet.

  • femi November 23, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    theres a lil error
    9ice is not hiphop

  • gbenga November 23, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    femi, can u tell me what 9ice music is then?

  • helen November 23, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    bella, i would just like to say thank you! your site is absolutely gorgeous,i just found your site about 2 weeks ago, i am not in the country and anytime i want to get info about my wonderful country i come to your site,you are always up to date about everything and most especially the fashion scene in Nigeria, God bless you and thanks once again.

  • Amashorty November 23, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    dont know what 9ice is but he is definitely not hip hop

  • Anonymous November 23, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    after reading naijablog, i only hope that next year will be better…

  • tatafo! November 23, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    does anyone know what duet kelly rowland sang with d’banj?
    Great pictures Bella!

  • Anon November 23, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Bella, where is our monthly cover fix??? Heard you were on the cover of TRUE LOVE….hurry up and put up a post…sharply….lol.lol.

  • Toni November 23, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Adaobi, thanks for the info.

  • Qubestreet November 23, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Nicely stated,bella.keep bringing contents to our faces O!.Nicely stated! Qubestreet was here!

  • Aroboto Ayodeji November 23, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    i just need to know am pretty sure this is not a comment but i need to know is 9ice a hip pop artist

  • Aroboto Ayodeji November 23, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    9ice tell me wat category are u definatly not hip pop i love ur music but wat goin on u ar not hip pop

  • Anonymous November 23, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    we all need to know if 9ice is a hip-hop artist, coz im confused as well…they did not even put ikechukwu, 9ice? … MTV has clearly lost the plot

  • Anonymous November 23, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Afropop, maybe?

  • Olu November 23, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Everyone deserved it..Just wish Asa won too..

  • femi November 24, 2008 at 12:06 am

    YEA ..i go wiv dat …afropop…its more pop, but since its naija ..we say afropop..lol
    nice is not hiphop oo abeg

  • Temi November 24, 2008 at 1:38 am

    y is everybody crying about 9ice not being hip hop. please tell me what he is then. all these artists have songs that can be categorized as afro hip hip

  • Ikefan November 24, 2008 at 2:39 am

    Ikechukwu is one HOTT dude!! 9ice Hip-hop? did they mis-classify? hmmm all the same kudos to him and all the many many Naija reps :)

  • temitope November 24, 2008 at 3:03 am

    why sentiment again in african award?see no reason why asa should not go home with a award.natural female artist like her deserves one …

  • Sarah November 24, 2008 at 3:48 am

    I dont get…why were there American artist nominating and winning? i thought it was a purely african thing…and if not how the heck did 9ice win over lil wayne??!….somethings not right….and 9ice hip-hop? hmmm don’t know about that either. I love him but he needs a better category, who are the organizers sef?

  • Sarah November 24, 2008 at 4:11 am

    *nominated

  • bome November 24, 2008 at 4:40 am

    Africans won (in their own category- 2face, Dbanj and Freshly ground) at the MTV European awards so nominating foreigners at the MTV African awards is justified!

  • bome November 24, 2008 at 4:43 am

    9ice deserved an award but Hip Hop? That means Ikechukwu sings jazz-blues , Naeto C is a country singer and Asa is a rapper even though they deserve awards it shouldn’t be the wrong category.

    I blame the nominators and voters!

    Congrats 9ice!

  • crystal November 24, 2008 at 4:54 am

    will this be aired in the U.S?

  • Ifeanyi November 24, 2008 at 7:39 am

    i think all the winners deserved their awards.
    although i wish Asa went home with one. Anyways all in all Nigerians dominated the awards and its good for the Nigerian Music industry.

  • mamanino~ November 24, 2008 at 11:14 am

    everyone deserves to win…2FACE,ASA,both rock even without a trophy….

  • maxton November 24, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    i understand d inclusion of some american artist, and if u notic d american artist nominated are blacks, which means most of them ar from
    africa.

  • Anon November 24, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    we know all blacks originated from Africa, but this award is meant to be from Africans not African Americans

  • Anon November 24, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    it is good for them, but UNFAIR to others

  • Obi James November 24, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    What an amazing night! Did anyone see the girls with Cecil Hammond from silverbird? Who was that Flo Adefope girl in the blue top? We predict a stellar career for her – go gorgeous! Show them how we do it in Africa!

  • Anon November 24, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    I second that

  • T.J November 24, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    The beautiful Flo (Full name Funlola) Adefope keeps a very low profile. She is a talented UK based artist who graphic designs, scultps and Paints. Some lucky Fashion designers have also convinced her to model on occasion. I agree watch this space!
    Gossip mills have it that love may be blossoming between her and a recently single catwalk the world P.R Megaman…

  • Ndubueze.W.Ofokaja November 24, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    i really luv the style my country stars display ex. Dbanj,p-square,ikechukwu,naeto,9ice,and the rest of them.i do like to say congratulation.

  • Debs November 24, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Of course 9ice is hip-hop! Americans were nominated because Africans listen to their songs! Don’t you have “no one” and “lollipop” on your ipods and laptops? Nominations are based on how popular a song or an artist is on a continent! That’s why American are nominated at the European music awards and vice versa.

  • Layli November 24, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Aired in the U.s? It should be!
    It’ll be on MTV Base agin too!
    L

  • ify November 24, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    LOVE JAY JAY HAPPY HE SHOWED UP

  • Chika November 24, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Yay!! so happy for Naeto he so deserved that. This has been an amazing year for him..wish him all the best! As for 9ice not being hip hop big deal really. I do not classify Rihanna as an RnB singer but she gets nominated in that category or Beyonce as pop but hey she gets nominated in that catergory as well. It doesnt matter as long as he got recognised for him work thats all that matters to me. Yay for Ikechukwu as well..thank God P-square won something b4 they throw a tantrum lol.

    Does anyone know when they wld show this in the UK??

  • Chika November 24, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    *his* work..:-)

  • Kpakpando November 24, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Lekwa, obele nwa Naeto! So proud that he pursued his goals and is living his dreams… ikechukwu if only you were taller, I for don chase you back in the days. Was dbanj humping the statue? nyama! he needs to stop being so razz. Congratulations to 9ice as well. I’m glad the naija music scene is getting recognition… if only there was some additional creativity and appropriate resources to foster this art.

    no comment on the random nominees from across the seas.

  • t. james November 25, 2008 at 12:36 am

    i am happy for the artiste that won the MAMA’s.they all deserve it and i will also like to shout out to 2face and Asa that they’re the best even without the MAMA’s.

  • Yuyu November 25, 2008 at 1:41 am

    That’s the way it works with MTV – check out the nominees at the MTV Europe Awards and you’ll see many American names.

  • obiechine November 25, 2008 at 10:43 am

    it so nice to have my naija brodas take it all,nice 9nice,entertaining D’banj,squared peter n paul,legendary baba,wine wine ikechukwu,bigdeal naeto-c,kip doing it,i luv you all!!

  • sasha's admirer November 25, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Congrats to all the winners.
    Y’all deserve the WIN.
    Bella, chica, i saw ur current pics..
    pls don’t ask me where, ’cause baby girl
    i a’int telling..lol. And u are beautiful. U
    remind me of Deborah Cox and u still look
    better than her. I am so loving ur outfits, you
    know..the fuchsia colour and ………….. ok. am
    not giving out any clues, no more…LOL

  • enny November 25, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    wow!wow!wow!it’s great to know 9ja can still represent…..well

  • Nma November 25, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    at Debs and otherss justifying the foreign artists’ nominations…do y’all see foreigns artists/actors win major categories at the grammys/oscars?? no matter how popular? It made no sense to me that they threw those foreign artists in there. I felt like it deprived other deserving artists of what they deserved. U really think 9ice fairly won best hip-hop act alongside lil’wayne?! common! lil’wayne is the hottest here in the states even (and no i’m not a fan, just stating facts), so if its based on popularity contest, 9ice shouldnt have won. They should kept it strictly home-ly, and let these yung pple get their shine at last! After all the millions of grammy alicia won, i dont think she’ll loose sleep is she wasnt nominated for MAMA’s….the same way other equally popular artists such as beyonce and rhianna weren’t.

    Other than that, the show looks very solid and the award IMHO looks better than the moon man.

  • Nma November 25, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    at Debs and others justifying the foreign artists’ nominations…do y’all see foreign (non-hollywood/American based) artists/actors win major categories at the grammys/oscars?? no matter how popular? It made no sense to me that they threw those foreign artists in there. I felt like it deprived other well-deserving artists of what they merited. U really think 9ice fairly won best hip-hop act alongside lil’wayne?! common! lil’wayne is the hottest here in the states even (and no i’m not a fan, just stating facts), so if its based on popularity contest, 9ice shouldnt have won. They should’ve kept it strictly home-ly, and let these yung pple get their shine at last! After all the millions of grammy alicia won, i dont think she’ll loose sleep over not being nominated for MAMA’s….the same way other equally widely popular artists such as beyonce and rhianna weren’t.

    Other than that, the show looks like it was very solid and the award IMHO looks better than the moon man.

  • Layi November 25, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    nice event,
    u got d pics right bellanaija.com

  • Anon November 25, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    i concur

  • som November 25, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Nice pics bella first time seeing them!!! Just finished reading true love and had to check the site out.Thumbs up bella.
    am so sad Asa didnt get an award well for me she would always be a winner and Nice for ”Best hip-pop” doesnt quite sound rite dont get me wrong i like him but dont think he actually tops hip-pop even in niaja.
    Well congrats to all of them and tanx for representing!!!!!!!

  • Efe November 25, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    I think the foreign acts shud not have been nomitated in the MAMAs, but i guess nig will always be nig….am happy with d winners tho, nigerian artists tried.
    Meanwhile bella i saw ur picture, wow u look so pretty….y have u been hiding? am glad we can finally put a name to d face….keep doing wat u do…i want to be like u wen i grow up…lol

  • jo November 26, 2008 at 3:13 am

    WOW! Bella is that you on Linda Ikeji’s blog http://lindaikeji.blogspot.com/ – you’re one stunning chic. Are you from the Igbo tribe? Anyhoo – keep reppin ….love ur blog x

  • Rebecca November 26, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Congrats to all the naija artistes

  • seyi November 26, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    it was da bomb and it was beautiful seeing those beautiful performances but i wasn’t satisfied not seeing asa wining an award

  • anita November 26, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    it waz da bomb, kelly is so gorgeous dat i almost passed out. pls we nid more of dis in nigeria. 9ja 4 lyfe.

  • zippy November 26, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Geeeeeeeeeeezz! never thought africa and esp.Kenya cud vote in such large numbers Wahu deserved 2 win cudos girl!!! tunakupenda wo….wo……

  • zippy November 26, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    It’s so sad that i’ve never heard of songs by some of these artistes yet they’ve won.BELLA grant ma wish pliz! these artistes need more than a golden microphone plus am not happy wit only american artistes being nominated 4 best R n’ B.Aa..aa.Loyiso….or any other african artiste shd hav won!

  • Kegwe November 26, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    pics look great,so sad that i had to miss it,so sad

  • jaime November 28, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    south africa shud hv won more awards…ofcoz some africans hate us bcoz we’re da best…mxim!!!

  • soweto November 28, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    South Africa…the bomb in african hip-hop & house music…hands down….hola!!!

  • silver November 29, 2008 at 2:37 am

    y where dere more foriegners in the rnb category, we hv banky here, even dare and wande coal..

  • Nneka November 29, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Great great pictures. I wish Asa won something and I’m liking 9ice’s songs a lot more with time. Ikechukwu is really goodlooking. So what did the koko master and kelly sing??? Seems to have been a solid event.

    BTW Bella you are quite a pretty cookie:) Worth the wait and all the annonymity. Very soon we’ll see you presenting awards to these shows (a little prayer for ya).

  • evolution December 1, 2008 at 4:38 am

    No doubt, P Square is the most popular Nigerian act, outside the shores of Nigeria they receive the largest audience, their record sales more and they are complete-great creativity, choreography, stunning videos. One wonders why it dosent translate to awards. I think some artistes mobilize a lot of voters and they win even if they do not deserve it, or should I say, its a matter of connections? No doubt P Square should have picked the Artiste of the year and Best live performance too. D banj is a great artiste but as of 2008, he had little to show. Even his Entertainer album came out late, the song played in the nominations ”close to you” was even done by Mo Hits group and not D banj. The S/African group Jovi are good, but to me they are miles away from the twins, or could it be because their music is more afrocentric? Maybe ”Do Me” would have gotten the best video but ”wind am well ” is tech and deserves it as compared to the versatile and interesting ”Roll it” which had problems in the digital resolution.I see P Square going places, they should not be detered, they may as well try some politicking like some others, but what matters most is stepping up their game.

  • toyosi December 1, 2008 at 10:58 am

    well wat can i say, the actual ceremony was very cool. for the 1st time we actually got to see the crowd participate….my boy t.nelson did his thing…the jay jay okocha footbal was one of my highlights.. i am an offcial asa beliver now..she is a born performer. another highlight was the hhp collabo, p-square and jozi (nice one)
    i know majority of this things are politics but i beleive tat p-square could have gone hom wit the best video award not ike(but u still love u men) and asa walking home wit nothing…tragic….
    all in all, i cant wait for the next one mtv

  • tony ray December 1, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    truth be told, i was disappointed at some of the choices. i’m nigerian but freshly ground deserved best video not ikechukwu whose video cant even boast of being in the best ten here in naija. 9ice winning best hiphop? plz …we need to define what hiphop really is. asa should have gotten something, she was excellent. in all, mtv needs to stay clear of all the politics here in africa or they might just loose their credibilty.

  • Kiki December 1, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    While I congratulate the winners, I also wish Asa had won something. But then I remember that most people in Nigeria don’t like or appreciate Asa’s music. It’s people abroad that love and listen to her style. I overheard someone say that Asa’s music is depressing. See? People prefer “lively” stuff like P-Square, 9ice and the others.

  • Kiki December 1, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    While I congratulate the winners, I also wish Asa had won something. But then I remember that most people in Nigeria don’t like or appreciate Asa’s music. It’s people abroad that love and listen to her style. I overheard someone say that Asa’s music is depressing. See? People prefer “lively” stuff like P-Square, 9ice and the others.

  • Kiki December 1, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    While I congratulate the winners, I also wish Asa had won something. But then I remember that most people in Nigeria don’t like or appreciate Asa’s music. It’s people abroad that love and listen to her style. I overheard someone say that Asa’s music is depressing. Most Nigerians (voters) prefer “lively” stuff like P-Square, 9ice and the others.

  • yemi December 2, 2008 at 7:16 am

    it was a great show though there were many disappointments from some of thenominations made, i think Asa deserves an award cos she was a wonderful performer/entertainer wherever whenever, though i could not comment much cos i dont know the criterial applied during the selection, i wish all the nominees /winners the best, mtv keep it up, one love.

  • Abi Abidekun December 6, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Asa should definetely have won something! That gal is good.

  • silver December 10, 2008 at 12:57 am

    joker….

  • jerry thompson December 14, 2008 at 6:00 am

    i am sure mtv knows wat is best video. as far as nigeria is concern the pioneer and so far the best video is p2 without any sentiment or pretence. look, am a nigerian and from ak state to tell you that am not even related to them.watch-do me, and temptation tou will understand what is best video in africa mtv ok?.

  • Oge December 15, 2008 at 7:44 am

    plssss,9ice-best hip-pop??? hellooooo,do they know what hip pop means? i mean i’m a fan of 9ice but then again 9ice goes around singing yoruba songs…so how wld that be categorized as hip pop….nigerians wld never change..lol

  • Onyinye December 16, 2008 at 11:36 am

    I believe mtv knows watsup. it’ll really suck if mtv gets involved in the whole african music politics especially dat of Nigeria. dat said, whats d deal wiv dbanj n his koko. i really hope all d fuss is not for nothing cus rumor has it dat it is. But i really dont wanna find out

  • afam December 22, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Asa rocks, she is incredibly talented. Her voice and style is so amazing, just watched her for the first time and boy, i was blown-away. Asa, you my girl yo! Good luck to ya’ll and can’t wait to see ya’ll next season.

  • Tunde January 13, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    What went wrong with mtv, most of the awards to me was nonsense. definitely Asa should have got somthing and how did 9ice win best hiphop and how did dbanj get 2 cool awards and how come psquare got only i award. It is ridiculous. and who is WAHU?.

  • Osana Isaac February 16, 2009 at 5:31 am

    na so naija is becoming the best in Africa, watch out for Africans acts. P square, 9ice netro c, and D banj you guys are making Nigerians proud round the world… Just keep it up.
    much of love

  • jojo April 3, 2009 at 3:56 am

    wahu is a well-known talented kenyan artist..shes one of the best african female musicians out there..u should listen 2 her music

  • don chezz paparazzi March 15, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    p square was my best performing act of that night

  • Masala Jean Marc Luscom November 20, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Je suis très content de poster mon commentaire, en ma langue, c’est à dire la langue française. Je suis Jean Marc Masala Moyindo de la République Démocratique du Congo, précisément à Kinshasa.

    Juste pour encourager l’artiste Fally Ipupa El mara Biya, El mantador, El magnifico, de Champion’s Love. Nous les aimons et le soutenons.

    masalajeanmarc@gmail.com
    Merci

  • Opeyemi July 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I know that no one can take the best group from my brothers. called P SQUARE.

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