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Here Are The 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards Winners

Yemi Alade, Davido, P-Square, Cassper Nyovest, AKA, D'Banj, Riky Rick and more take home awards at the 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards.


Best Group 2015 & Artist of the Decade P-Square (Photo: @peterpsquare)

The 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards (aka the MAMAs) went down last night in Durban. Coinciding with Nelson Mandela's birthday, and hosted by Black-ish star Anthony Anderson, the fifth edition of the show saw seventeen awards and honors handed out throughout the course of the night.

Nigeria dominated the Best Artist categories, with Yemi Alade, Davido, P-Square and Patoranking taking home Best Male, Female, Group, and New Act, respectively. The P-Square twins were also recognized with Artist of the Decade, while D'Banj was awarded the very first MAMA Evolution award honoring "established artists who have made an indelible mark on African and global music culture, taken African music to new territories around the world, pushed the boundaries of creativity, and shaped the soundscape of contemporary Africa."

South African rappers came out strong as well, with Cassper Nyovest winning Best Hip-Hop, AKA taking home Best Collaboration for his infectious SA/Naija Burna Boy collab "All Eyes On Me" (also featuring Da LES & JR), and Best Video going to Riky Rick's larger-than-life Joburg-shot "Nafukwa" clip (directed by We-Are-Awesome Films' Adriaan Louw).

Trevor Noah, fresh off an appearance on The Tonight Show, was selected as Personality of the Year.

See below for the full list of winners.

2015 MTV AFRICA MUSIC AWARD WINNERS:

Best Female: Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

Best Male: Davido (Nigeria)

Best Group: P-Square (Nigeria)

Best New Act Transformed by Absolut: Patoranking (Nigeria)

Best Hip Hop: Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)

Best Collaboration: AKA, Burna Boy, Da LES & JR: “All Eyes On Me” (SA/Nigeria)

Song of the Year: Mavins: “Dorobucci” (Nigeria)

Best Live: Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)

Video of the Year: “Nafukwa” – Riky Rick; Director: Adriaan Louw

Best Pop & Alternative: Jeremy Loops (South Africa)

Best Francophone: DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast)

Best Lusophone: Ary (Angola)

Personality of the Year: Trevor Noah (South Africa)

MAMA Evolution: D’Banj (Nigeria)

Best International: Nicki Minaj

Artist of the Decade: P-Square

MTV Base Leadership Award: Saran Kaba Jones & S’Bu Mavundla

Me getting it in to open the MTV Africa Music Awards! #mtvmama2015

A video posted by Anthony Anderson (@anthonyanderson) on

#NAGODE # Mytangerines #BESTFEMALEOFTHEYEARMTV2015 A video posted by Yemi Alade (@yemialade) on

  Thanks to my Fans and AC's all Across the World! 👑🙏 I'm humbled. #theKingIsHere #bangalee #whoisknocking --Greatness   A photo posted by D'banj (a.k.a. Bangalee) (@iambangalee) on

BEST MALE 2 years in a row!! DAVIDO X WIZKID DROPS NEXT MONTH!! @wizkidayo my Bro @chairmanhkn bless!🙏 A photo posted by Davido Adeleke (@davidoofficial) on

  Thank u Super fans #MTVMAMA2015 #bestgroup   A photo posted by Peter okoye (@peterpsquare) on

From the slum to the world...God bless you my fans worldwide 🌎🌏🌍 we won. #BestNewAct #MAMA2015 #Whayasay!!! A photo posted by Patoranking (@patorankingfire) on

  GAME DAY. #MTVMAMA2015   A photo posted by AKA (@akaworldwide) on

looks like im like "yea, ok hoe.... keep talkin shit ..."

A photo posted by Jhene 3:16 (@jheneaiko) on

#MTVMAMA2015 #NONFICTION2015 A photo posted by NE-YO (@neyo) on

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A Year After #EndSARS, Nigerian Youth Maintain That Nothing Has Changed

Despite the disbandment of the SARS units, young Nigerians are still being treated as criminals. We talk to several of them about their experiences since the #EndSARS protests.

On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads — things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's — many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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