Wizkid was dealt a heavy blow yesterday after MTV EMA announced he isn’t the winner of the Best African Category at the Award ceremony that took place in Sweden last week.
The Nigerian star was announced as the winner of the award during the show and even sent in an acceptance speech only for the organizers to declare a miscommunication. The award has now been giving to Wizkid’s bitter rival Ali Kiba, a native of Tanzania.
Wizkid is yet to react to the news but he has deleted all the images relating to the award he shared on his Instagram page.
The statement read, “Both Wizkid and Alikiba are great artistes and deserving winners at the MTV EMAs and we congratulate them wholeheartedly on their achievements. We apologise for any confusion but we are pleased to recognise the achievements of both these artists on this global platform.’
6 ‘Worldwide Act’ winners, including Wizkid, were selected by an international committee of MTV music executives to recognise current artists who are rising to have a wider geographic appeal beyond their local regions.
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 the ‘Best African Act’ award was selected by fans via votes on MTVEMA.com.
Alikiba has also commented on winning the award saying, ‘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.’