Wizkid. Picture: Supplied
Wizkid. Picture: Supplied

Wizkid thankful for MTV EMAs win

By Liam Karabo Joyce Time of article published Nov 16, 2021

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Nigerian superstar Wizkid took home the coveted best African act award at this year’s edition of the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs).

The EMAs returned live from the Papp László Budapest Sportaréna in Hungary this past weekend.

Wizkid edged out his co-star on the global smash hit Essence, and first time EMAs nominee, Tems, as well as other African superstars – Focalistic, Amaarae and Diamond Platnumz who were all nominated in the same category.

In a virtually recorded acceptance speech, the Afrobeats superstar specially thanked the organisers and his fans.

“I just want to say a big thank you to the EMAs for the award. I'll also like to say a big thank you to my fans. Thank you for supporting Wizkid, thank you for supporting Starboy, thank you for supporting big Wiz. Africa to the world!“ he said.

Monde Twala, senior vice-president and general manager of ViacomCBS Networks Africa (VCNA) commented that: “Wizkid’s win at the EMAs underscores Africa’s rise to prominence in the global music scene.

“Music has the power to unite the world and this year’s winner has truly embodied that concept with groundbreaking collaborations and inspirational messaging.

“We are proud of all the artists nominated in the Best African Act category and VCNA will continue in its promise to promote local talent across our platforms as we showcase the best of African music and culture to the world.”

Deriving inspiration from the host city’s popular thermal spas and the Danube River, which runs through Budapest, the show was surrounded by water with stages that appeared to be floating.

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