The winners, both females, and from Nigeria are notable singer, Tiwa Savage, who clinched the Best African Act of the year, and Hauwa Ojeifo, who had a joint winning in the Generation Change Award alongside four other nominees.
Tiwa beat fellow Nigerian act, David Adeleke, aka Davido; Fally Ipupa from DRC; Nyashinaki from Kenya, and Distruction Boyz and Shekinah both from South Africa.
Speaking after the award ceremony which held at the Bilbao Exhibition Center, Okosi noted that Tiwa was truly deserving of the diadem.
“The MTV EMAs are always a proud moment for the continent. The Africa Act category is indicative of our commitment to elevate and showcase Africa’s collective talent and potential on a global scale. We are so proud of Tiwa. She is truly deserving of this award which is an affirmation of how consistent, commitment and hard work leads to success. I also want to congratulate all the nominees who continue to inspire and uplift our continent,” he said.
On Hauwa, the 26-year-old recipient of the Generation Change Award, he said:
“We are equally honored to announce Hauwa Ojeifo as joint MTV EMA Generation Change Award winner, she is testament to the powerful contribution of our youth for change.”
Receiving her plaque, an excited Tiwa Savage said: “I’m just a girl from Nigeria living my dreams. I’m so thankful to everyone that’s supported my journey so far – especially my fans! Thank you MTV!”
The MTV EMA was broadcast live in 81 countries around the globe.