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#MTVMAMA2016 is Coming! BellaNaija on the Scene at Alex Okosi’s Media Lunch | All the Scoop and Photos



Alex Okosi

Alex Okosi

Yesterday on the 23rd of August, BellaNaija attended the Media Lunch with Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa; he had big news to share with us and we were all excited to hear what it was.


The MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) is back this year in full throttle with “Striking Gold” as the theme! Here’s all you need to know about the partnerships and Road to Mama activities happening in Durban and Lagos.

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa and MTV Base (DStv channel 322) are once again highlighting the “gold standard” in music, creativity and achievement at the sixth edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA). The MTV Africa Music Awards Johannesburg 2016, brought to you by Joburg Tourism in association with Absolut will broadcast live from The Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg, South Africa at 20:00WAT/21:00 CAT on Saturday 22 October 2016.


The definitive annual celebration of African and international talent and achievement, MAMA 2016 recognises and rewards musicians and achievers who have made the most impact on African music and youth culture over the previous year. The ceremony will feature stunning performances from African and international artists along with the show’s signature cross-genre and cross-border collaborations

MAMA 2016 will celebrate African talent across 17 award categories, the contribution of artists from Portuguese and French-speaking Africa will also be recognised in the Best Lusophone and Best Francophone categories. Additional categories include the Africa Re-Imagined Award and Personality of the Year. The nominations for the awards will be revealed in September 2016.

See more Categories for MAMA 2016 below:

  • Best Male
  • Best Female
  • Best Group
  • Best New Act
  • Best Live Act
  • Best Francophone
  • Best Lusophone
  • Best Pop/Alternative
  • Best Hip Hop
  • Best International
  • Legend Award
  • Best Collaboration in association with Absolut
  • Video of the Year
  • Song of the Year
  • Artist of the Year
  • Personality of the Year
  • MTV Base Africa Re-Imagined Award

Commented Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa;

We are thrilled that the MTV Africa Music Awards will be taking place in Johannesburg, City of Gold, for the first time on 22 October.  We are looking forward to staging the largest awards show in Africa, in one of the continent’s most vibrant cities.  Noted for its exciting youth culture and rich music scene, Joburg will make the perfect backdrop for our biggest MAMA ever.

Celebrating the pan-African scope of the MAMA, the awards will encompass two stunning Road to MAMA events featuring MAMA nominees and superstar DJs, to be held in Durban and Lagos. Another much-anticipated element of MAMA 2016 will be a music industry workshop for aspiring musicians held on the day prior to the awards (21 October).

23-Osagie Alonge, Noble Igwe, Alex Okosi and Ehiz

Osagie Alonge, Noble Igwe, Alex Okosi and Ehiz

First staged in 2008, the MTV Africa Music Awards has recognised the talent of musicians, achievers and personalities from across Africa, rewarding iconic artists and gamechangers such as 2Face Idibia, Big Nuz, Cassper Nyovest, Davido, D’Banj, Flavour, Gangs of Ballet, HHP, Fally Ipupa, Liquideep, Mafikizolo, Lira, Nameless, Lupita Nyong’o, Clarence Peters, Diamond Platnumz, Anselmo Ralph, Sarkodie, P-Square, Tiwa Savage, Cabo Snoop, Toofan, Trevor Noah, Zebra & Giraffe, Uhuru, Wahu, Yemi Alade, and many more.

The MTV Africa Music Awards 2016 will broadcast live on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and MTV (DStv Channel 130) on Saturday 22 October at 2:00 WAT/21:00 CAT. The show will also be transmitted worldwide on partner stations and content platforms from October onwards, while MTV channels around the world will broadcast a one hour MAMA themed MTV World Stage. 

See more Photos from the Media Lunch



Eki Ogunbor

BellaNaija’s Eki Ogunbor

Kemi Ritzler

Kemi Ritzler

Ifeom Williams 1

Ifeoma Williams

Olorisupergal and Tosin Adeda

Olorisupergal and Tosin Adeda


Sisi Yemmie

Toni Kan

Toni Kan

Tosin Ajibade, Eki Ogunbor and Sisiyemmie

Olorisugergal, BN’s Eki Ogunbor and Sisi Yemmie

Funsho Arogundade, Ehiz, Toni Kan and Tosin Adeda

Funsho Arogundade, Ehiz, Toni Kan and Tosin Adeda

Ifeoma Williams and Noble Igwe

Ifeoma Williams and Noble Igwe

Osagie Alonge and Noble Igwe

Osagie Alonge and Noble Igwe

Samantha Walsh, Ehiz and Ifeoma Williams

Samantha Walsh, Ehiz and Ifeoma Williams

The Viacom Team, Tola Adekoya, Kemi Rotzler, Samantha, Ehiz, Ifeoma, Akin and Tosin Adeda

The Viacom Team, Tola Adekoya, Kemi Rotzler, Samantha, Ehiz, Ifeoma, Akin and Tosin Adeda

For more information on the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards, please go to, or, like us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @MTVBaseWest. To join the conversation about the awards please use the hashtag #MTVMAMA2016.



  1. praizeblog

    August 24, 2016 at 12:08 pm


  2. Baby gurl

    August 24, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Olorisupergal and Eki serving us some holy naturalness lol. Amazing!!

    • cheekyamy

      August 24, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      thing on Olorisupergal’s hair ain’t natural

  3. hmm

    August 24, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    I see ifeoma is bk with MTV is our madam still hmmm “cough cough “our oga Alex?

  4. Prince

    August 24, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Yeah!!!!!! Saw it on MTV Base yesterday and i was super excited. Counting up to the D-day

  5. mrs chidukane

    August 24, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Ifeoma Williams, my girl crush all day, every day. That’s me when I grow up. Clean,very stylish and polished always.

  6. James

    August 24, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Ifeoma Williams, fine gal but I have to ask if she has the circus…lol. That her trouser, they get as e be.

    Between the hair on Olorisupergirl, Eki Ogunbor and Sisi Yemmie, that’s enough to sweep all of Lagos state.

  7. wisdom

    August 24, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    @ hmmm. we “understand” the cough. Thats a good question is she with MTV or cerebral lemon are roles are quite conflicting. I guess shes into overall media consulting.

  8. Oma

    August 25, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Oga Alex is very well married to his south-african sweetheart Ziyanda who also has just put to bed…So no i don’t think Aunty Ifeoma can be errrm cough cough with Oga Alex, its just business ….

    • Anon

      August 25, 2016 at 10:47 am

      You are late to their history. Just as Ifeoma is “well married” to her Nigerian sweetheart Andres. They say lightning strikes twice right? Sometimes more than twice even.

  9. Lola

    August 27, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Oga Alex married his SA sweetheart because she was close to being put to bed. So I’m not sure errmm that would stop anything. But him and Aunty Ifeoma have a good professional relationship regardless of their history. Work still has to get done. Even amongst the “well married” lol.

    • PressNg

      August 30, 2016 at 1:05 am

      @Lola…E be like girlfriends don carry belle and see their guys scramble to marry. Hey, if it works for him sha. See Aunty Ify pass fine. She looks good! Anyway, looking forward to MAMAs 2016 😉

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