MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) 2010… Winners… Pictures

Sasha & Eve On Stage

Congolese artist Fally Ipupa, and Nigeria’s 2Face led the winners at the third edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards with Airtel (MAMA), each taking home two trophies at the music awards ceremony at the Eko Expo Hall, Lagos on 11 December 2010.

Nominated in four separate categories, Fally Ipupa scored wins for Best Video (“Sexy Dance”) and Best Francophone act while 2Face, a former MAMA winner from 2009, picked up trophies for Artist of the Year and Best Male.

Cabo Snoop notched up a music first for Angola by becoming the first ever Angolan winner at MAMA 2010, taking home the prize for Best Lusophone act. The inaugural Best Anglophone award went to Kenyan Gospel breakthrough artist Daddy Owen – the first time a gospel artist has won a MAMA.

Song of the Year was won by South African pop/R&B outfit Liquideep for their hauntingly lovely ‘Fairytale’. New MAMA award category Best Performance was won by Big Nuz, the South African house trio making waves all over the continent.

Nigerian vocalist Sasha scored Nigeria’s first ever win in the Best Female category after Kenyan dominance over the last two years. Nigerian R&B duo P-Square (Nigeria) added yet another MAMA trophy to their awards cabinet – taking home Best Group for the third year running! Rising Nigerian star Mo Cheddah notched up her first win in the hotly contested Brand:New category which recognises rising stars tipped by MTV for success. The prestigious Best International act was received by Eminem who accepted the award via satellite from the USA. The MAMA Legend award, won by the late, great Miriam Makeba, was presented by Public Enemy founder and hip hop pioneer Chuck D.

The 2010 MAMA awards opened with an explosive performance by Hip Hop heavyweight, Rick Ross, and closed with an unforgettable rendition of “Win” featuring T-Pain, Rick Ross, Da LES and 2Face – a world first. In keeping with the tradition of the awards, the show featured an array of electrifying collaborations between artists from different parts of the continent, mixing up music genres, language and cultures in a unprecedented extravaganza of African talent. Among the collaborations were Nigeria’s 2Face who hooked up with South African rock outfit The Parlotones. The performance of Banky W’s “Lagos Party” saw South Africa’s Big Nuz, Angola’s Cabo Snoop and Paul G and DRC’s Barbara Kanam rocking the house with the first ever truly pan-African version of the hit track.

Commented Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, MTV Networks Africa, “Tonight’s MTV Africa Music Awards with Airtel was a joyful and uplifting celebration of African youth culture and music. It brought together the best talent from across Africa to showcase the incredible music that Africa has to offer to the world. It is amazing to see the collaborations between the artists as it fosters a spirit of camaraderie and creative exchange that takes their music to a new level.”

Commented Andre Beyers, Chief Marketing Officer, Airtel Africa, “The diversity and talent of the performances this evening was a reflection of the vast and rich talent pool that Africa has to offer. We at Airtel are proud to partner with the MTV Africa Music Awards as it is a platform for the youth and young at heart in Africa, enabling them to showcase their talent to a global audience. Music is an important way to connect with Africa as we relaunch the Airtel brand on the continent. It will support Airtel’s mission of giving the youth a means to express themselves and the freedom to do more.”

Among the performers at the 2010 MTV Africa Music Awards with Airtel were: 2Face (Nigeria), Banky W (Nigeria), Barbara Kanam (DRC), Big Nuz (South Africa), Cabo Snoop (Angola), Daddy Owen (Kenya), Diamond (Tanzania), Eve (USA), Fally Ipupa (DRC), J. Martins (Nigeria), Jozi (South Africa), Liquideep (South Africa), Lizha James (Mozambique), Mo Cheddah (Nigeria), Paul G (Angola), P-Unit (Kenya), Public Enemy (USA), Radio & Weasel (Uganda), Rick Ross (USA), Sarkodie (Ghana), Sasha (Nigeria), T-Pain (USA), Teargas (South Africa), The Parlotones (South Africa), Wande Coal (Nigeria).

Guest presenters and celebrity guests included Ba Ponga, Dama do Bling, Lizha James, Daniel Amokachi, Oluchi, Julius Agwu, Genevieve Nnaji, Muthoni, Nneka, MTV VJs Vanessa Mdee & Sizwe Dhlomo, Tatiana, JoJo and fashion designer Lisa Foluniyo.


Best Anglophone – Daddy Owen (Kenya)
Best Francophone – Fally Ipupa (DRC)
Best Lusophone – Cabo Snoop (Angola)
Artist of the Year- 2Face (Nigeria)
Best Female – Sasha (Nigeria)
Best Male – 2Face (Nigeria)
Best Video – Fally Ipupa (DRC): “Sexy Dance”
Best Group – P-Square (Nigeria)
Brand New Act – Mo Cheddah (Nigeria)
Best Performance – Big Nuz (South Africa)
Song of the Year – Liquideep (South Africa): “Fairytale”
MAMA Legend – Miriam Makeba (South Africa)
Best International – Eminem (USA).

The MTV Africa Music Awards with Airtel premieres on MTV base (DStv Channel 322) on Saturday 18 December at 19:00 CAT, with repeats on Sunday 12 December at 08:00 CAT and 14:00 CAT. Further programming relating to MAMA 2010 includes: Road To MAMA – Tanzania (TV premiere Thursday 16 December @ 19:00 CAT); Road to MAMA – DRC (TV premiere Friday 17 December @ 19:00 CAT) and What Went Down 2010 (TV premiere Sunday 19 December @ 21:00 CAT). The MTV Africa Music Awards with Airtel will also broadcast on MAMA terrestrial TV partners STV (Nigeria), AIT (Nigeria), TV3 (Ghana), WBS (Uganda), NTV (Kenya), TBC (Tanzania), Clouds TV (Tanzania), RTGA (DRC), NBC (Namibia), STV (Cameroon), Canal2 (Cameroon), Afrique Media (Cameroon), Go Africa (Gabon), TV Canal 3 (Burkina Faso), NTV (Benin), LC2 (Benin), ORTN (Niger), MBC (Mauritius) and ZNBC (Zambia).

The MTV Africa Music Awards 2010 is sponsored by Airtel in association with MasterCard. Other partners supporting the MTV Africa Music Awards with Airtel include Arik Air and the Lagos State Government.

2face at the red carpet
Rick Ross
Rick Ross On Stage
Fally Ipupa On Stage
Eve On The Red Carpet
Eve On Stage
Banky W
2face in the crowd
2face accepting an award
2face on Stage
Eve On Stage
Sasha rocking the mic

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  1. As usual, Nigeria dominates…Hope we can keep it up.

    I guess mo'hits record wasn't part of this recognition..ouch!

  2. men,am so proud of my guy 2face,he has been making me proud and would always continue to do so.No matter the criticisms around him,he never fails to deliver.keep it up hypertek nigga and kudos to jay sleeky sleeky

  3. 2face has given a lot to music in Africa. He is always Evergreen with his style. I don't have any reservations about him. He is simply human who is bound to make mistakes. He has gat a right to his private life just as we all have our rights to our private lives. He is my best African musician and I don't hide the fact that I love him for what he has been able to achieve, who he is, his music and whatever… You are too much! Keep flying the 'NAIJA' flag hIgH….

  4. i like D'bang,Psquarre,Wande Coal nd i dn't the rests;but Sasha might 2 wear our local dress nd 2 promote it; i hop dat Dibi Dobo 'll be in mama award 2011 in'cha Allah.

    Abdou kader(Benin)

  5. I dey feel am up till now!

    Congratulations to all winners and artist that came up stage you were fantastic… UP NAIJA!

  6. WFK,MTV Africa y'all really fucked up this tyme. The fact that naija hosted this shit does not mean they got da best, U Homo's get ur facts right fools this shit aint build 4 naija, y'all knw face cnt even speak good english. N who da fuck is gay fally ???? yeah we all knw naija paid da cost to be da boss but lyrically n physically y'all niggaz is wax, n dont forget K'naan in ur next African list fools. Fuck Naija thump up Ghana, We dont give a fuck.

    • @Praspect; Ur Bad mouthing will get you nowhere. When u pay d Bills you run the show. But the last time i checked, u fucking didn't. so fuck off and leave those musicians alone. they were voted for. next time tell ur peeps to vote Ok. And don't diss naija again so that sometin bad does't happn 2 u OK

    • U be big mumu, infact nah you mumu pass for this our father-land (Africa). When it comes to good music, entertainment 9ja is number 1 no doubt.

    • You don't know crap. check out some of the hottest videos and tracks, they're all from Nigeria. So bro get a life!!!

    • whats with you ghanaians? dont be jealous. just becos we are much better than your artist does not mean you guys arent gud. you guys are just way behind us. this is music category, AMAA(movie awards) is in the corner. sure we are gonna take home everything his time. we are simply better. music, movie, modelling and so on. didnt we teach you guys we ya all?

  7. am happy for 2face for making nigeria proud again. and big ups to other 9ja acts like dbanj and donjassy i love them both

  8. Big up to 2baba. But this award doesn't make sense. How come there is no award for best rap album, best artist……

  9. Big ups to 2baba and ma home boi Banky…. But this award doesn’t make sense. You call it Best African music award. How come there is no award for best rap album, best rap artist, best R&B album, best R&B song, best collaboration and more…..fucking The award is Bullshit.

  10. 2baba u r da best , keep up the gud work .u no only sabi sing , u handsome join.raspect or wateva is ur name u a big foool^5

  11. the categories of awards is too few. how come there's no best rap artist, best rap album, best rnb, best vocal,male and female, etc. men i dnt knw if i'll say that this is so unorganizzed. well anyway, i thank GOD naija got more awrds as usual. keep up the good work ppl. 1 big kposa 4 yo'll.

  12. u see this is y i always and will always hate ghana.they are just jalous of nigeria.which country in this world hav don 4 ghana what nigeria did and is still doin 4 them.for them to start talk rubish about nigeria.look u can never compire nigeria and ghana is like comparing an ant to a lion it cant work.ghana go an compiar yo self wt yo mate like niger and sengal

  13. atleast, M.I deserves something as the best rap artiste in nigeria……….thumps up to 2baba and co…its nice getting naija d awards…..but hmmmmmmmmmn…..rick ross a.k.a ROZAY should be given that award they gave to eminem a.k.a slim shady….cos for now ricky runs the hood and rules the game (maybach music ) up 9ja………..sasha should try and rap elegantly like

    PROUDLY NAIJA joooooooo


  15. the only name on people's mouth is …….2face…….

    ride on jooooo….. no stoppin until d day u c the messiah. keep on keeping on. 1luv

  16. This year mamas is 1 of the best show i eva expirence 2face,eve,ross,fally ipupa,mocheda,mama africa maen this guys rock they ar the bst.

  17. D ghanian guy is way 2 immature, fake n wack with d shit he spitz. Wana get down wif som gangster diss? We’re gonna lash out mode9 on ya’all. Ghana ain’t in our league. 2baba is my best in d world


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