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The MTV Africa Music Awards Will Take Place On Nelson Mandela's Birthday

The fifth edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards will be held in Durban on July 18, Nelson Mandela's birthday.


The upcoming fifth edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards is set to take place in Durban, South Africa on July 18 to commemorate Nelson Mandela's birthday. The awards show — which has previously hosted and recognized the likes of 2Face Idibia, Davido, D’Banj, Flavour, HHP, Fally Ipupa, Mafikizolo, Lupita Nyong’oSarkodie, P-Square, Tiwa Savage, Uhuru, and many more — will be presented by MTV Base alongside Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa at Durban's International Convention Center.

“We are thrilled that the MTV Africa Music Awards will be returning to Durban and KwaZulu-Natal on 18 July, a date famous for being the birthday of Nelson Mandela - what better day could there be for staging this inspirational celebration of African achievement and creativity that showcases Africa’s best talent on the world stage," mentions VIMN Africa senior vice president and managing director Alex Okosi.

The MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal 2015's categories will include the usual Best Male, Best Female, and Best Song awards, the Best Lusophone and Best Francophone categories, and a special Artist of the Decade award. We're still waiting to hear on who the nominees, performers, and host for the awards will be.

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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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