Kenyan gospel singer, Daddy Owen scooped the best ‘Anglophone’ award during the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) ceremony staged in the Nigerian economic capital Lagos.
His song ‘Tobina’ emerged tops in the category ahead of Nigeria’s Big Nuz.
Other Kenyan nominees in the awards were Muthoni (Best New Act) and Punit (Best Group).
Home favourite Nigerian artist 2Face swooped two main awards (Best Group) and (Best Male), as South Africa’s legendary singer Miriam Makeba was posthumously honoured at the MTV Africa Music Awards on Saturday in Lagos.
South African anti-apartheid icon Makeba was posthumously awarded the “Mama Legend” prize after a career at the pinnacle of the continent’s musical scene.
Other awards were taken by artists from Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and South Africa.
American Eminem won the (Best International) artist prize.
Known as “Mama Africa”, the Grammy-winning Makeba was the musical voice of the fight against whites-only apartheid rule.
“Makeba is a true legend and rightly celebrated throughout the world for her beautiful voice, fighting spirit and pioneering interpretation of African music,” said Alex Okosi, managing director of MTV Networks Africa.
“Africa is the future. There is a unique tradition on the continent,” said American rapper Chuck D presenting the Makeba award.