Uganda’s Eddy Kenzo Musuza is up in arms against the organisers of the MTV Africa Music Awards(MAMAs) after losing to South African Casper Nyovest in the category of ‘Best Live Act’ at last night’s awards ceremony that took place in Johannesburg South Africa.
The “Soraye” hitmaker was nominated in the Best Live Act category where faced off with Ghana’s Stonebwoy, Nigeria’s Flavour, South Africa’s Casper Nyovest and Mafikizolo also from South Africa, in a stiff competition that saw the South African take it and Kenzo now feels cheated and fronted foul play as reason for his loss.
In a long Facebook post, Eddy Kenzo claims he won via the public voting process which he feels should have been the basis for determining the final outcome as instructed in earlier communications. He also thinks his competitor may have been handed the award basing on the fact he (Kenzo) is sponsored by Airtel while Casper (the eventual winner) is sponsored by MTN who have an attachment to the MAMAs.
“I’m airtel ambassador MTN is the main sponsor 4 mamas and the winner in my category is mtn ambassador south Africa, Hehehe just for just. Remember!! I have performed in over 35 countries 10 of them full stadium what else? they told us to vote and my fans did go on all @mtvbaseafrica platforms click on #Bestliveact and see the winner by your self I’m not being jealous here, but I do complain because they told us to vote and the fans decide. go back and check their posts down thats what they said even in emails. I was the most voted in my category remember wen you click on #Bestliveact you can see the results Stonboy was 2nd flavour 3rd Caspa 4th. on all @mtvbaseafrica platforms even if it was you!!! should have felt the same. may be! I didn’t understand the word vote for your favorite nominee. Abig thanks to my fans guys the love was real may the Almighty bless the work of your hands.”Kenzo wrote on social media.
Although the post has received a backlash from his followers, a few of his fans have gone ahead and consoled him and advised him to take the loss as a big star would instead of being a bad loser and posting ‘ridiculous things’ on social media. For example a one Bwanika Hakim posted;
“Eddy, you are on top of the fray in whatever career you are pursuing, remember that. you are still in a relationship with MTV because they play your music. Please do not go around dissing(complaining about) potential career paths so openly on social media because what you say right now may come back to bite in the future. On the bright side, thanks for representing Africa on global platforms.”
The MTV Africa Music Awards now in their 6th edition is meant to recognise and reward musicians and achievers who have made the most impact on African music and youth culture over the previous year.
East African Artistes generally performed badly with the likes of Bebe Cool, Diamond Platinumz, Sheebah Karungi, Alikiba and Eddy Kenzo himself walking empty handed except Sauti Sol from Kenya who won the Best Group Act.