On Sunday November 6th,MTV EMA 2016 announced Wizkid as the Best Africa Act. Surprisingly, there was a sudden twist of fate and the organizers revoked the title from the Star boy and gave it to a Tanzanian singer Alikiba.
MTV EMA made a readjustment and released it yesterday, November 10 in an official statement.
“Six Worldwide Act winners, including Wizkid, 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.
“The winners were chosen based off a range of criteria including international MTV video play, radio airplay, streams and sales across multiple territories and regions.
“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 apologize for any confusion we have caused but we are pleased to recognize the achievements of both these artists on this global platform.”
Wizkid and Alikiba have before now been reportedly involved together in a dispute at a “Mombasa Rocks” concert headlined by American R&B superstar singer Chris Brown in Kenya over who is bigger and who would perform as the last act on stage.
MTV EMA Best Africa Act
Although Wizkid is a bigger music brand across Africa, Alikiba said he was more popular in Kenya and so would perform after Wizkid. The issue of Alikiba being the rightful winner was supported by the Tanzanian fans who made their opinions well-known.
The award that was subject to public voters became a subject of discuss after votes showed Alikiba was leading but the organizers gave Wizkid the award during the ceremony held in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
While Wizkid, in disappointment deleted all posts on social media regarding him as the winner of the award, Alikiba takes thanks the organizers. “Thanks to MTV for this huge honour It’s very exciting to be recognized 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,” he said.