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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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