On Sunday November 12th, 2017, all road led to The SSE Arena in Wembley, London, United Kingdom for the 2017 edition of the highly prestigious MTV organized annual awards – Europe Music Awards (EMAs).
The nominees announced earlier last month which earned Taylor Swift the highest nods of six (6) with Shawn Mendes on closeness with five and others such as Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift’s BFF Ed Sheeran with four nods.
On the only category accorded to African artist – Best African Act – though with supposed stiff competition from the likes of Babes Wodumo (South Africa), C4 Pedro (Angola), Nasty C (South Africa) and Nyashinski (Kenya), it was tagged to be the battle of the Nigerians – Davido and Wizkid – and sure was as one of the two eventually earned the accolade – and it’s none other but the insanely talented DMW Boss, OBO Davido.
He’s surely on fire as his latest spanking single “FIA” depict. Outclassing his long competitor in the African music scene, Wizkid – having seen both bragged on who is really the best months-earlier, surely, Davido takes the first lead. This is Davido’s first and the third Nigerian act to have acquired the plaque – including D’Banj (2012 & 2007) and 2Face Idibia (2005).
Wizkid have not won the award for the first time. The closest he could get was last year when he was awarded the plaque in error – later stripped of the award which was deservedly won by Tanzanian sensational, Alikiba.
Other winners for the award in the past includes Alikiba (2016), Diamond Platnumz (2015), Sauti Sol (2014), Locnville (2013) and Freshlyground (2006).
NOTE: EMAs Best AFrican Act kicked in back in 2005 (with 2Face Idibia the first winner) up to 2007 and was discontinued in 2008, only to return in 2012 alongside “EMAs Worldwide Act Award” with D’Banj riding on top and the only African act to have won it twice so far.
Check out a video of the excited Davido when he learnt he have won the award as well as his comment on IG.
2 0 1 7 been the best ever !!!! @iam_Davido emotional !
God is the greatest brother 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🕊✨ pic.twitter.com/08mOF0iAb8
— FreshL🔥🔥🔥🔥 (@freshldrb) 12 November 2017