Finally, MTV has gone ahead to strip Nigerian singer Wizkid of the Best Africa Act award and given it to another singer.
Following its decision to strip Nigerian singer Wizkid of the Best Africa Act award he won at the MTV Europe Music Awards recently held at the Ahoy Stadium, Rotterdam, Netherlands, MTV has congratulated Alik Kiba, the Tanzanian singer who was handed the award taken snatched from Wizkid.
We reported about the controversy and why the award was taken away from Wizkid. MTV admitted it had errorneously given the award to Wizkid, considering that Ali Kiba was the rightful winner.
An official statement issued by MTV EMAs as regards to the changes read:
“MTV congratulates Alikiba who has won Best African Act at the 2016 MTV EMAs.
“The news was revealed November 10 after the incorrect results for Best African Act were posted late Sunday night November 6 due to an error.
“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.”
An MTV spokesperson commented, “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 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,” Commented Alikiba.