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Who is going home with the MAMAs? 2Face, D’Banj, Amani, Lizha James, MI and others clinch nominations



MAMA Trophy2MTV Africa has announced the nominees for the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards. 2Face leads the way with 4 nominations while SA’s HHP, Nigeria’s D’Banj and Kenya’s Nameless follow with 3 nominations each. As seems to be the trend at African music awards shows, Nigeria is the MVP with a total of 15 nominations.
You can vote for your favourites by visiting the MAMAs website.


The nominees for the 2009 MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain are:

Best Male
2 Face (Nigeria)
HHP (South Africa)
D’Banj (Nigeria)
Nameless (Kenya)
Da L.E.S. (South Africa)

Best New Act
M.I. (Nigeria)
Shaa (Tanzania)
STL (Kenya)
Bigiano (Nigeria)
Rhythmic Elements (South Africa)

Best Hip Hop
M.I. (Nigeria)
A.Y. (Tanzania)
Zulu Boy (South Africa)
Jay-Z (USA)
Kanye West (USA)

Best Female
Kel (Nigeria)
Amani (Kenya)
Lira (South Africa)
Zamajobe (South Africa)
Lizha James (Mozambique)

Best Performer
P-Square (Nigeria)
D’Banj (Nigeria)
Samini (Ghana)
Nameless (Kenya)
Blu*3 (Uganda)

Best R&B
2 Face (Nigeria)
Darey Art Alade (Nigeria)
Loyiso (South Africa)
Beyoncé (USA)
Akon (USA)

Best Group
P-Square (Nigeria)
Blu*3 (Uganda)
Gang of Instrumentals (South Africa)
Mo Hits Allstars (Nigeria)
Gal Level (Namibia)

Artist of The Year
2 Face (Nigeria)
D’banj (Nigeria)
Lira (South Africa)
HHP (South Africa)
Nameless (Kenya)

Best Alternative
Green Day (USA)
Coldplay (UK)
Cassette (South Africa)
Zebra & Giraffe (South Africa)
Aking (South Africa)

Best Video
2Face – Enter The Place (Nigeria)
XOD – I Want You Back (Uganda)
HHP – Mpitse (South Africa)
Da L.E.S. – We on Fire (South Africa)
Wahu ft Bobi Wine – Little Things You Do (Kenya)

The winners of the MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain will be announced on 10 October 2009 at the Indoor Arena, Moi International Sports Centre, Nairobi, Kenya. The broadcast of the show, hosted by hip hop legend Wyclef Jean, and featuring performances by Wyclef Jean, Lira, M.I., Samini and Wahu will air to a potential TV audience of 1 billion viewers around the world, via African pay-TV channel MTV base (DStv Channel 322), MTV partner networks around the world and African terrestrial channels including RTGA (Democratic Republic of the Congo), TV3 (Ghana), CTV (Kenya), AIT (Nigeria), STV (Nigeria), TBC 1 (Tanzania), ZNBC (Zambia) and WBS (Uganda), from 17 October 2009.

Selected by an independent voting ‘academy’ of 170 music professionals and opinion formers from 30 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the nominations for the MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain showcase the wealth of musical talent that Africa has to offer, and provide the ultimate vehicle for young Africans to salute the African and international artists that rock their worlds. The Awards were inaugurated in 2008 to champion and celebrate African music and musicians.


  1. miss

    August 26, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    AHN AHN.. SOME PEOPLE ARE MISSING.. WHERE IS WANDE COAL NOW?? AHN AHN?? I WAS LOOKING FOR HIS NAME. I know he is part of Mo hits all stars but his music can definitely stand alone.

  2. Lentini

    August 26, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    so why are they putting American and British Artist in and African music awards???? they should have their own categories in my opinion. like best foreign hiphop or something in that realm…..WTH!

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    August 27, 2009 at 3:09 am

    every year the SAME people are being nominated. there are a lot more talented artist in naija that should AT LEAST be nominated to be shown their appreciation even if they dont win.
    every year na the same thing over and over.
    and why are there british artist here like someone else said?
    na wa!! lame music awards where every year you will see the SAME PEOPLE. give it a variety. there are a lot more talented and good musicians out there.

  5. Tola

    August 27, 2009 at 3:55 am

    wande coal is still a small boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. miss

    August 27, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    But.. because he is small, he can’t progress yet? Is it not about the music??At the end we know in the last year, his music has been better than some of these nominees. and these people, they have already won last year, let the new guys enjoy too jare.

  7. miss

    August 27, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    The Amaka.. a lot of times I don’t agree with your opinions but this time I do o. Same people as last year, there have some great music from some new artists that should be nominated.

  8. Lentini

    August 28, 2009 at 12:29 am

    there we go again? some Nigerians with their out of touch ego. how is wande coal a small boy? his album was one of the best so far this year.
    @Tola can u explain what u mean by he is a small boy becos in my opinion, that is some primitive yanz……hissssssssssssssssssss!

  9. pontepomz

    August 30, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    u are right.same shit every year.

  10. Evans

    September 5, 2009 at 2:16 am

    They are put there the same way 2face was put in MTV europe music award some years ago

  11. Evans

    September 5, 2009 at 2:20 am

    I don’t agree with the statement that wande coal is a small boy. I think the reason wande coal and some other new talented artists are not nominated is because their music is yet to appeal to citizens of other african countries. Their music is still in a way localize (No disrespect to anyone). Just my opinion..

  12. Taofik

    September 15, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Akon’s nomination can be traced to his african origin but beyonce……..should have been in the american awards.

  13. lin

    September 22, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Firstly, we should ask Tola her idea of a small boy… What angle are u coming from…. age, size, class… maybe u shld be more explicit next time.. Wande Coal is a wonderful musican.. He’s got nice concept when it comes to music which is what we shld be looking out for…

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