CONFIRMED! MAMA awards to happen in Kampala in 2021

Media personality Douglas Lwanga and singer Sheebah Kurungi at the press briefing at at Mestil Hotel in Kampala

KAMPALA – MTV Africa has officially confirmed that Uganda will be the hosts of the 2021 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) slated for February.

This revelation was made yon Wednesday in a scientific press briefing that was held at Mestil Hotel in Kampala.

Later in the day, MTV Africa also took to its social media platforms to answer the whole fuss about the ‘M’ that had got Ugandans talking recently.

“What is the M?” is a question that has been popping up after weeks of the mysterious ‘M’ which was placed on the Independence Monument in October, Kibuye Roundabout, and Garden City round about among other places.

“It’s official! Africa’s biggest celebration of music is heading to Uganda. The #MTVMAMA takes place in Kampala on the 20th of February 2021,” MTV revealed on Twitter.

More information about the venue of the awards and preparations is yet to be announced but at least we are sure the awards will happen and that Kampala will host Africa next year.

This is the very first time Uganda is hosting these awards and it is an opportunity for the ‘Pearl of Africa’ to sell itself to the world. The awards lasted six editions with South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya hosting the awards thrice, twice, and once respectively.

The MAMA awards were established in 2008 by MTV Networks Africa to celebrate the most popular contemporary music in Africa.

One of the most exciting editions of the MAMA awards (in a Ugandan perspective) happened in 2015 at a ceremony that was held at the Durban International Convention Centre, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa on July 18th in commemoration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday.

In that year, several Ugandan artistes were proud to share the limelight with big icons making it on the nominations list and others were invited to make celebrity appearances.

Jose Chameleone was pitted against the likes of Samini, Asa, Black Coffee, 2Face Idibia, Anselmo Ralph, Fally Ipupa, HHP, and D’Banj – who won the award – in the MAMA Evolution Award category.

That same year, Bebe Cool’s ‘Love You Everyday’ was nominated in the Video of the Year category, something which raised arguments on who should keep the award, between the singer and the videographer, if it’s won.

Well the awards are finally in the Pearl of Africa however the question that remains is whether the pandemic shall have ended by February 2021 so as to have several international celebrities in Kampala instead of a possible virtual show – especially because the concerts and music shows are still banned by the government as a measure against the rapid spread if COVID-19.


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