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1 Wyclef MAMA 2009The 2nd annual MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) held yesterday 10th October 2009 at the Moi International Sports Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. The exciting event was hosted by Wyclef Jean and co-headlined by Senegalese/American star Akon.
Nameless (Kenya) and M.I. (Nigeria) were the big winners of the evening at the MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain. The two artists took home two trophies each at the pan-African music celebration, held at the Moi International Sports Complex, Kasarani, Kenya.

Nameless won the coveted Best Male artist category at the Awards, which honours and celebrates Africa’s contemporary music stars, as well as the Listener’s Choice category which recognizes the biggest radio hits of the year. M.I. clinched an impressive duo, scoring for Best New Act and Best Hip Hop.

Best Female went to Kenyan star Amani, making it two in a row for Kenyan female performers after Wahu’s win in Abuja in 2008.

Ghanaian star Samini put dancehall firmly on the map with a win for Best Performer, a fitting tribute to his trademark high energy live performances. Artist of the Year went to D’Banj – showing the Nigerian star remains at the top of his game after a triple win in 2008 and his MTV Europe Music Awards win in 2007.

African artists scored three awards: MAMA Legend (Lucky Dube), HHP (Best Video) and Zebra & Giraffe (Best Alternative).

Host Wyclef Jean set the uplifting tone for the evening with an electrifying live set including monster hits ‘Sweetest Girl’, ‘No Woman No Cry‘ and ‘Ready or Not’.

Hip hop phenomenon Akon, making a long anticipated trip to Kenya, rose to the challenge, rousing the crowd with a show-stopping version of his track, Beautiful.

Dr Saad Al Barrak, CEO of Zain, the co-sponsor of the MAMAs, said the evening confirmed the huge talent that Africa possesses and the influence it had upon the world of music. “Much of the music we listen to today has its roots in this great continent. I cannot emphasize strongly enough what a privilege it is for Zain to lend its name to such an event. In doing so, we are both keeping alive the flame of Africa’s cultural consciousness and delivering on our promise to bring you “A wonderful world.”

In keeping with the show’s purpose of bringing Africa together, the MAMA awards featured multiple collaborations between artists from different countries and music genres – mixing up hip hop with R&B, alternative, soul and dancehall, among others. Among the collaborations thrilling the 4,000 strong crowd was a three way tie-up featuring HHP, Brickz and 2FACE, and a stunning collaboration between Kenyan divas Amani and Wahu and Tanzania’s A.Y. and a dramatic hip-hop/rock mash-up between Zebra & Giraffe and Da LES.

The evening closed with a moving performance of Michael Jackson’s crowd pleaser ‘Wanna Be Starting Something’ with Akon and all the other performers.

The My Video Award was won by Patricke-Stevie Moungondo from Congo Brazzaville, who beat thousands of amateur singers to win the coveted MAMA trophy, in the form of a ‘retro/futuristic’ microphone balanced on top of a globe of the world with Africa poised symbolically at the top.

Among the many show highlights were Wyclef’s opening number and a touching tribute to MAMA Legend Award winner Lucky Dube by Wyclef, Nameless and Samini, in honour of the iconic South African reggae star tragically killed in 2007. The ‘One Time’ star also called attention to the plight of the 17 million people in East Africa affected by drought and famine.

Performers at MAMA 2009 included Akon, Wahu, M.I., Samini, HHP, Da L.E.S, Zebra & Giraffe, Lizha James, STL, Amani, Nameless, A.Y., Lira, 2Face and Blu*3.

Guest presenters included Zamajobe, Kel, Redsan, Churchill, the cast of the MTV Staying Alive Ignite TV series, Shuga.

News Source: Zain
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Kenyan musician Amani (real name: Cecilia Wairimu) won the Best Female Act award for  her song 'Tonight'

Kenyan musician Amani (real name: Cecilia Wairimu) won the Best Female Act award for her song 'Tonight'

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

Nigerian act 2Face performs at the 2009 MAMAs. 2Face clinched 2 awards.

Nigerian act 2Face performs at the 2009 MAMAs. 2Face clinched the Best R&B award

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

Ugandan girlband Blu*3 performed clad in edgy all-black outfits

Ugandan girlband Blu*3 performed clad in edgy all-black outfits

Akon and Wyclef pulled some hijinks! Seriously this photo is just WRONG

Akon and Wyclef pulled some hijinks! Akon stuffed the mic in his boxers while Wyclef stripped down. Seriously just looks WRONG

South Africa's HHP won the Best Video award. Wyclef called HHP back onstage to commend him on his work

South Africa's HHP won the Best Video award. Wyclef called HHP back onstage to commend him on his work

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

MI was one of the night's big winners. He won 2 awards - Best New Act and Best Hip Hop

MI was one of the night's big winners. He won 2 awards - Best New Act and Best Hip Hop

The Chocolate City is on fire! MI, Ice Prince, Audu Maikori celebrate with MI

The Chocolate City is on fire! MI, Ice Prince, Audu Maikori celebrate with MI

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

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

D'Banj reenacts his signature 'awards win' pose. D'Banj won Artiste of the Year for the 2nd Year running

D'Banj reenacts his signature 'awards win' pose. D'Banj won Artiste of the Year for the 2nd Year running

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

2008 Best Female Act Wahu performs for the MAMA audience

2008 Best Female Act Wahu performs for the MAMA audience

Fally Ipupa entertains the crowd

Fally Ipupa entertains the crowd

SA's Zebra and Giraffe won Best Alternative Act

SA's Zebra and Giraffe won Best Alternative Act

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

Keepin' it in the family. Kenya's Nameless won 2 MAMAs. His wife Wahu also performed

Keepin' it in the family. Kenya's Nameless won 2 MAMAs. His wife Wahu also performed

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

Ghana's Samini won the Best Performer award

Ghana's Samini won the Best Performer award

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

Thokozani Dube picks up the posthumous African Legend Award for his father Lucky Dube

Thokozani Dube picks up the posthumous MAMA Legend Award for his father Lucky Dube

MAMA Legend Award
Lucky Dube – Winner

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

Congolese Music fan Patricke-Stevie Moungondo won the MAMA MyVideo Award

Congolese Music fan Patricke-Stevie Moungondo beat thousands of music fans who submitted entries to win the MAMA MyVideo Award

BN Red Carpet Fab – MAMAs 2009

Newlywed SA music star Lira dazzles in red

Newlywed SA music star Lira dazzles in red

Kenyan supermodel Ajuma rocks the ankara top

Kenyan supermodel Ajuma rocks the ankara top

Akon goes for the all white suit

Akon goes for the all white suit

Namibian girlgroup Gal Level keep it short and sexy

Namibian girlgroup Gal Level keep it short and sexy

MI shows that he has the fashion chops to match the music talent in his crisp white shirt, grey waistcoat and black Wayfarers

MI shows that he has the fashion chops to match the music talent in his crisp white shirt, grey waistcoat and black Wayfarers

Blu*3 went all out in bling, black and metallics

Blu*3 went all out in bling, black and metallics

Best Dressed of the Night - D'Banj in a trifecta of winning looks

Best Dressed of the Night - D'Banj in a trifecta of winning looks

Winner List: NotJustOK
Photo Credit: Getty Images & Zimbio

40 Comments

  1. Glory Edozien

    October 11, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    As in…AKON, have u lost ur damn mind??????????

  2. me

    October 11, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Mr INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!

  3. KK

    October 11, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    the things we will pardon in the name of entertainment.

  4. Anon

    October 11, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Ok, so what was Akon and Wycelf doing halk naked on stage…what’s the story behind it?

  5. gbekun

    October 11, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    mehn dese dudes have gone bullistic! WTH was dat akon ati wyclef? b lik say they don kolomental, n children r watchn o. RUBBISH! they shld b barned.

  6. Kemchi

    October 12, 2009 at 12:00 am

    I tire o, dat was grossly inappropriate! Seriously, what were they thinking?

    • Adelaide

      April 18, 2011 at 7:40 pm

      Maybe they were thinking since it’s Africa they can get away with nonsense! Odeshi people!!

  7. tatafo!

    October 12, 2009 at 12:29 am

    I hope 2face & Wyclef get fined for indecent exposure.
    Thank God 2face won an award & performed, I was starting to fear that he was losing his staying power

  8. strong thing

    October 12, 2009 at 12:40 am

    when i saw Nameless(kenya).. i thought come on bella but really the guy is “nameless”. so well done bella

  9. nene

    October 12, 2009 at 2:02 am

    Your comment should be ‘banned’ for understanding difficulty….lol! I joke! But check ur spellings though!!!!

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  11. Raymon

    October 12, 2009 at 2:37 am

    Loopy baby!!!!!

  12. avari

    October 12, 2009 at 2:39 am

    lmao!!!! im so loving your reply… cud not have done it better

  13. tallchica

    October 12, 2009 at 5:11 am

    do wyclef and akon think they are in their bedroom? look at the rubbish they are feeding kids of today….a disgrace really…

  14. Elpee

    October 12, 2009 at 5:23 am

    hahahahhaa lol amazing reply

  15. Poet

    October 12, 2009 at 6:55 am

    That’s why you can’t spell. A little raunchiness and Africans are ready to start acting like villagers. Long hiss at you

  16. Juno

    October 12, 2009 at 7:36 am

    Thank God I didn’t watch this…..totally inappropriate!

  17. babes

    October 12, 2009 at 10:56 am

    loving the feel that naija stars bagged the highest number of awards. lets give a standing ovation to the Mister Incredible.

  18. Naila

    October 12, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Koko Master is crazy in love with a Tanzanian chick he scooped from his trip few weeks ago..
    Holaaaaaa… East African chicks are irresistible..

  19. Uzo Orimalade

    Uzo Orimalade

    October 12, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    MI….Well deserved awards. Love his stuff. And Akon & Wyclef? I dont understand how that little act was supposed to be entertaining – more disturbing than anything….

  20. NNena

    October 12, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Keep fooling yourselves…
    Would this “irresistible” east african chick be the SAME Nigerian girl that he has been seeing for the past two years who lives in NORTH LONDON?
    OR the Libyan chick who lives in Clapham also??DO YOU NEED NAMES??
    I guess he also finds WEST AFRICAN girls irresistible.OR is it NORTH AFRICAN girls???

    I cannot belive anyone would come online and shout about an artistes love life when we ALL KNOW for a fact they are messy players.

    **his babe in north london no send me work o..neither did the one in clapham.i just had to rain on miss tanzanias parade a bit****…

  21. luvlife

    October 12, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    What do you mean by a little raunchiness? If that rubbish akon and wyclef pulled off on African soil is evidence of progress, then me and mines would gladly remain villagers. Nonsense. Tell me they can get away with that crap in the USA.

  22. NNena

    October 12, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Akon and wyclef need to be castrated,,damn agbayas—HOW is it okay to be sticking a microphone down your pants at your OLD AGE??
    HOW is it okay to be simulating sex on stage?HOW?
    Anyway–all na entertainment ko?

    BLU*3 need to FIRE their stylist–waramessss

    GAL LEVEL–ERRR are you sure they are BOTH women?
    i disagree–one of them is SURE not like the other…;-)

  23. ProudlyNaija

    October 13, 2009 at 1:24 am

    THIS MUST BE THE JOKE OF THE CENTURY. Koko master don talk say ‘mo ni iyawo nle, don’t get it twisted’ (his got a ‘wife’ at home don’t have your hopes up high) that sums it all up.

  24. Kpakpando

    October 13, 2009 at 3:45 am

    Akon & Wyclef are pushing 40 and they still can’t respect themselves, even as flabby they are they have the nerve to remove their shirts, ewus.

    Congrats to all the winners.

  25. N.D.

    October 13, 2009 at 4:06 am

    nawah, all dis hate wen una dey give clef nd akon 2 much oo
    ova yankeeness dan dey worry una sef, habah. omo na african awards, una watch d show sef. stop d hate, african dey act like villagers, best compliment n da world. una want make we pretend?

  26. NNena

    October 13, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    DUHHH…
    Shina Peters too in his prime sang and praised his “ayo-mi”–sammy–his WIFE—that the whole world even knew was married to.THAT didn’t stop him from collecting yansh around the world.

    So because Dbanj sweetened his lyrics with “mo ni iyawo nle”MAKES IT A FACT?

    I laugh in fornication and adultery–bukekekekekeke

  27. Wadami

    October 13, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Hahaha @ The Akon & Wyclef stint. LoL, Y though? Hilarious, still.

  28. moi

    October 13, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Why is Dbanj wearing the exact same jacket and shirt he wore in mo gbono felifeli video? Not stylish at all for a musician of his calibre.

  29. imo

    October 14, 2009 at 4:03 am

    this is more lik… at least they got people reppin east,south,west, CENTREAL!(FALLY I LOVE YOU)we missin north..hahaa

  30. wale oloroo gbogbo bigs boy

    October 14, 2009 at 8:13 am

    lol..u funny..datz deir name

  31. gbekun

    October 14, 2009 at 8:20 am

    hw is wat i wrote so difficult 2 understand? as 4 d “barn”, ’twas a mere TYPO! geez! n i wonder wat avari n elpee r laffn abt. mschewww

  32. Na Me Julius

    October 14, 2009 at 10:35 am

    2 baba is the best in this world. i am a Nigerian so also with 2face, we know how we do our things here in Nigeria.. No go there…

  33. Candy Collins

    October 14, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Men sha i 4 like make 2face win koko master but never de less e won akon & Wyclef and waiting them be come dey do them abi na show’s way BABA run 4 them na be dey work. Abeg 2face and Koko Master make una carry come home and 4get those guys way there shows no dey work again as na our own Nigerian shows dey hot like fire.

    hahaha na me Blast 4rm Benin City

  34. Candy Collins

    October 14, 2009 at 10:41 am

    ooo Boy our shows for Nigerian na fire ooh just see waiting happen 2face and Koko Master way start for here that day done just come go carry big thing from Akon and that he guy call Wyclef even MI still self ooh Boy these show dey hot like Timaya shows ooh.

    Once again from Ekp Buzy way no get joy.

    All the way from Benin City

  35. Julius Ogboni

    October 14, 2009 at 10:42 am

    I am Julius Ogboni from EKP. men dat guy too bam which is 2 Face, men dat guy too much no go there, you want try how.. Men i greet my guys for EKP.. Lisa, Peace, Uwa, Oga 2 Bam, Maskey, and the rest follwo street men.. I dey miss Una.. Bam Bam YAKAHAKA..

    Julius Obgoni Dey Yard

  36. Lisa One

    October 14, 2009 at 10:46 am

    I HAIL MY FELLOW BRODA IN STREET I HAIL:FIRE WOOD /UWA /JULUIS /PEACE /BIGFACE /AYES /BRAVO COLLINS /EHIJIE /PRECIOUS PEOPLESAY/OGA2BAM

    LISA 1 OF EKP

  37. olofofo

    October 15, 2009 at 10:36 am

    @ tatafo which country u dey wich country u dey ,wetin tuface do with wyclef?na waaooo ,wich power in de lose tatafamibo,ejoooo allow 2baba

  38. Nigeria Music Movement

    October 22, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Wat bout p-square fresh off their award?

    All the music hits from Nigerian Music Superstars P-Square including Danger, Do Me, Temptation, Roll It, No One Like You and of course Bizzy Body.

    http://www.nigeriamusicmovement.com/index.php/p-square-playlist-youtube

  39. albert miring'u

    February 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    i am happy for 2face idibia from Nigeria his hit song If Love Is A Crime is really good i also happy for Mr Lucky Dube for winning the Legend Award. i know that Thokozani Dube realised how much his father was loved by the world from the loud cheering of the audience, when he lifted the trophy up . RIP Mr Dube.

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