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P-Square and Fally Ipupa are the kings of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) 2010 nominees list – 2Face, Banky W, Wande Coal & Lizha James also receive multiple nods



MTV Networks Africa and Zain have today announced the nominations for the 2010 MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain (MAMA).  The nominees for the annual poll of young African’s. music tastes were announced tonight at a star-studded celebration at De Marquee, Lagos, Nigeria, attended by artists, nominees, celebrities and VIPs including 2Face, Sasha and Mo’Cheddah.  The nominations were revealed by Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, MTV Networks Africa, Andre Beyers, Chief Marketing Officer, Airtel Group and Rajan Swaroop, CEO, Zain Nigeria. Nigerian artists scored an impressive 13 nominations including three nominations for duo P-Square (Artist of the Year, Best Group and Best Video), and two nominations each for MAMA 2009 winner 2Face (Best Male, Artist of the Year), Wande. Coal (Best Anglophone, Best Male) and Banky W (Song of the Year, Best Video).

Nigerian female artists also rated well with Best Female nods for Nneka and Sasha, and a nomination as Brand:New artist for Mo’Cheddah.  D’banj, a four-time MAMA winner, received yet another MAMA nomination for Song of the Year for “Fall in Love”.
MAMA 2008 Best Live Performer winners Jozi (South Africa) notched up another ‘nod’ from the MAMA academy with a nomination for  Artist of the Year.

Six further South African artists were recognised by the MAMA Academy, with nominations for Teargas (Best Group), JR (Song of the Year), Black Coffee (Best Male), Big Nuz(Best Anglophone),  Liquideep (Song of the Year) and The Parlotones (Best Video).

Fally Ipupa scored the highest individual number of the nominations with four separate MAMA award nominations.  The charismatic artist from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), who is also performing at MAMA 2010, has been nominated for Artist of the Year, Best Male, Best Video and Best Francophone.  Barbara Kanambrought the DRC nomination tally to five with a first-time nomination in the Best Female category. East African artists continued their positive nominations run with five nominations from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Kenyan Gospel crossover artist Daddy Owen is nominated for the first time in the Best Anglophone category while hip hop outfit P-Unit gets a mention for Best Group and Muthoni is recognised in the Brand:New category. In Uganda there is a first time nomination for Radio and Weasle (Best Group) while Tanzania’s Diamond gets his commendation in the Brand:New category.
Following the MAMA success of Samini in 2009, Ghanaian artist  Sarkodie gets a first time nomination in the Best Anglophone category.
Four US mega-artists are to fight it out in the Best International category which sees Rihanna representing the gals against Eminem, Drake and Rick Ross in the ultimate urban music face-off.

Two new categories in 2010 have broadened the scope of artists eligible for the MAMA. The Best Francophone category sees Gabon enter the MAMA race for the first time with a nomination for Ba Ponga, while Senegalese artist Awadi and Ivory Coast‘s DJ Arafat also pick up their first ever MAMA nominations.

Angolan artists Cabo Snoop and Paul G pick up nominations in the  Best Lusophone category alongside Mozambique’s hip hop queens Lizha James and Dama do Bling.

Commented Alex Okosi, “This year’s MAMA is even more representative of the growth of the pan-African music scene and the added emphasis on Lusophone and Francophone artists makes this the most exciting MAMA nominations race that we have seen so far. We congratulate all the artists on their nominations and wish them success on December 11th in. Lagos.” Commented Andre Beyers, Chief Marketing Officer, Airtel Africa, “The nominations today have shown the universality of music and the fact all genres strike a chord and a cross-over appeal with Africa’s youth regardless of their nationality. We are happy to be associated with a platform that recognises and celebrates the rich musical heritage that positively depicts culture from across Africa.

The nominees for the 2010 MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain were shortlisted by the MAMA Academy – a handpicked group of music industry experts and taste makers from across the African continent.

The winners for the 2010 MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain will be revealed on Saturday 11 December 2010 at the Eko Expo Centre, Lagos, Nigeria.

The nominees for the 2010 MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain are:

Best Video
Fally Ipupa – Sexy dance (DRC)
P-Square f/t J. Martins- E No Easy (Nigeria)
The Parlotones – Life Design (South Africa)
Banky W – Strong Ting (Nigeria)

Mo Cheddah (Nigeria)
Diamond (Tanzania)
Muthoni (Kenya)
JoJo (Gabon)

Artist of The Year
2 Face (Nigeria)
P-Square (Nigeria)
Jozi (South Africa)
Fally Ipupa (DRC)

Song Of The Year
D’Banj – Fall In Love (Nigeria)
Liquideep – Fairytale (South Africa)
JR – Show Dem (South Africa)
Banky W – Lagos Party (Nigeria)

Best Anglophone
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Wande Coal (Nigeria)
Daddy Owen (Kenya)
Big Nuz (South Africa)

Best Francophone
Fally Ipupa (DRC)
Awadi (Senegal)
DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast)
Ba Ponga (Gabon)

Best Lusophone
Lizha James (Mozambique)
Paul G (Angola)
Cabo Snoop (Angola)
Dama Do Bling (Mozambique)

Best Group
P-Square (Nigeria)
Radio & Weasle (Uganda)
Teargas (South Africa)
P-Unit (Kenya)

Best Female
Sasha (Nigeria)
Lizha James (Mozambique)
Nneka (Nigeria)
Barbara Kanam (DRC)

Best Male
2 Face (Nigeria)
Fally Ipupa (DRC)
Black Coffee (South Africa)
Wande Coal (Nigeria)

Best International
Rihanna (USA)
Drake (USA)
Eminem (USA)
Rick Ross (USA)

The MTV Africa Music Awards 2010 is sponsored by Zain in association with MasterCard.

Arik Air is the official airline partner of the MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain.


  1. MuchLove

    October 31, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Happy for P Square and Banky W, but why are they snubbing eLDee???

    • Chipii Banda

      October 31, 2010 at 2:09 am

      y wont they snob him?wot haz he really done his year? abeg jare. hiz autotune thing iz getin old sef. izit ota mi dat’l b nominated for best video? bahahahaha!

  2. oludare baloye

    October 31, 2010 at 6:12 am


  3. oludare baloye

    October 31, 2010 at 6:20 am

    I was so mad i could’t put my sentence together after going through this nominees and no ELDEE
    we need to show some love for our hard working artist, this guy really care about this industry he is a pioneer . i sad it a again what a funk we need to fix this crap.

  4. Flipping beauty

    October 31, 2010 at 6:53 am

    And how did Sasha get into that list without an Omawumi?

    • no time

      October 31, 2010 at 12:57 pm

      i wonder!!!

    • blaq chic

      October 31, 2010 at 6:07 pm

      I’m not a sasha fan, but u cant compare her wit omawunmi, was has she got to show?

  5. Gino

    October 31, 2010 at 7:16 am

    These boys P Square are going places, 2 Baba, ur one in a million. You guys are really making us proud. One love to ya’ll

    • dannyboycole

      October 31, 2010 at 6:40 pm

      ur one in a miilion SOLIDSTAR they all really going places even if SOLIDSTAR is not nominated for this year’s MAMA

  6. F

    October 31, 2010 at 10:15 am

    lol @ Sasha being on this list… What song/album did she put out? O ga o… I agree that eLDee’s efforts shoudl have been recognised here but no awards are ever perfect… (as seen in the Sasha nomination, lol)

  7. mimi

    October 31, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    psquare against banky again? (shivers!) i fear for banky, he is good but the power of two over one always topples him. anyways may the best man win.

  8. lyt1

    October 31, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    sad,eldee,i was really thinking big of him and even 9ice’s album should av gotten something…lets hope next year will be diffrent

  9. oludare baloye

    October 31, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    I am happy for WANDE COLE He is a talent i hope he win 2 at list so we can celebrate bumper to bumper, BANKY W i see you LAGOS PARTY, U.S PARTY IS TAKING A BACK SEAT WE ROCK LAGOS .
    Looking forward to this *h*t.

  10. monalisa

    October 31, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Sasha is under storm records and storm has some connection with Mtv base. almost all naija awards lack credibility. same people all the time….sad.

    • tyna

      October 31, 2010 at 11:34 pm

      I agree with about credibility of awards in Naija.

  11. williams

    October 31, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    p square will sweep all awards

  12. julebi

    October 31, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    1. eldee deserves a nomination. can’t understand how we isnt there
    2. sasha does NOT, i repeat does NOT deserve a mention, let alone a nomination. for me, mo cheddah should have been on there for female artist. maybe omawunmi, but certainly NOT sasha.
    3. Banky deserves his nominations, he held it down with strong tin and lagos party
    4. Dagrin should have been honoured with a nomination

  13. yemisi

    November 1, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    you guys are jokers women hating on women ….from Making money to put it down and gidi babe which other female naija artist do u think would be recognized across “Africa” apart from Sasha… i beg the girl deserves it and much more sef….

  14. Peperempe

    November 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Well we all know that these award lists are just recycled year in year out. No new faces apart from the category made for them! No credibility!

  15. canit

    November 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    First and foremost this is MTV Africa Music Awards(MAMA), Sasha has sold herself to Africa, and has created a larger than life impression for herself outside the country. I think the song she did with that outta Naija chic is what got her nominated This Eldee has not been able to do for himself. Naija is great o, but Eldee needs to spread his tentacles.

    Who noticed that we didnt have them international acts nominated alongside other Africa acts this year? I did… Sincerely didnt notice that Eldee was not nominated sef until i scrolled down

  16. tokunboh

    November 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    sasha didn’t put out any new material dis year/last … it’s a typo, im pretty sure of dat!

  17. tokunboh

    November 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    i predict 4 awards 4 nigeria – (1)p square (2)banky (lagos party 4 sure) (3)wande (4)tuface or dbanj.

  18. ifeanyi

    November 2, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    why are people hating sasha she was feature by general plie in the remix of champion ,she was also feature in mo,cheda song if you want me the remix she remix her song getting money this year.she really deserve it

  19. edson

    November 2, 2010 at 7:37 pm


  20. lekan

    November 3, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    wat has shasa don lately,where we have rappers like kel,nd dbanj song “fall in love” i fink dis people dont know naija music enough……….dy need consultants in naija..

  21. scion

    November 5, 2010 at 9:52 am

    P-Square is da bomb.

  22. hd

    November 22, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    the king of mtv award africa is FALLY IPUPA EL FANTASTICO

  23. Emmison Siantanda

    November 30, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    You are right

  24. lil quim

    January 20, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    fally ipupa eo melhor canto de africa vote para ti fally eu tambem sou do congoFally Ipupa et meilleure chanson de l’Afrique vote pour vous, je suis aussi fortie congo ezequel armando

    • Ovbiedo

      August 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm


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