Starboy Wizkid’s Best Africa Act at the MTV EMA 2016 has been stripped of the title in a recent twist of events giving the award to the Sony Music Entertainment Africa signed artist out of East Africa and Tanzania – Alikiba.
On November 6, Wizkid was announced winner while on November 10, Alikiba was announced as the real winner, regarding the previous announcement as an error.
Wizkid nevertheless remains one of the Six Worldwide Act winners, who were selected by an international committee of MTV executives to recognize current artists who are rising to have a wider Geographic appeal beyond their local region considering international MTV video play, radio airplay, streams and sales across multiple territories and regions.
According to MTV, the winner of Best African Act was selected by fans via votes on MTVEMA.com ;
“Both Wizkid and Alikiba are great artists and deserving winners at the MTV EMAS and we congratulate them wholeheartedly on their achievements.
We apologise for any confusion we have caused but we are pleased to recognize the achievements of both these artists on this global platform.”
“Thanks to MTV for this huge honour It’s very exciting to be recognised at the MTV EMAs and I am delighted to bring home the award to my fans in Tanzania and East Africa. Thank you to my family and management.”
Wizkid who has deleted every post regarding him as a winner once had a strive with Alikiba at “Mombasa Rocks” concert headlined by American R&B superstar singer Chris Brown in Kenya over who would perform as the last act on stage, with Alikiba saying he is more popular in Kenya and so would perform after Wizkid.
It’s obvious that a competition is existing but we hope it’s a healthy one.
Written by Clement Oluwasegun