Fast rising Nigerian pop sensation Ayo Balogun better known as Wizkid has won the award for ‘Best African Ac’t at the 2011 edition of the MOBO Awards!
Wizkid’s win has come as a huge surprise as he beat African entertainer D’banj and Afrobeat singer Seun KuSti to the prize. Other nominees in the category inlcude Cheikh Lo, Fatoumata Diawara, Liquideep, Owiny Sigoma Band, Smod, Spoek Mathambo, and Vieux Farka Toure.
Wizkid was quick to tweet about his surprise win. ‘#TEAMWIZKID we did it!!..now let’s get the EMA!!!!…God bless every1 dat voted!!!…wow!!!’, @wizkidayo tweeted
Guest presenters on the night included Chipmunk, Olympic medallist Philipps Idowu, Fazer of N-Dubz and ex-Sugababe Keisha Buchanan.
‘The excitement and atmosphere of our second year here in Glasgow has shown the love that the whole country has for MOBO. We felt so welcome the first time we came here, we didn’t think it could be topped. This year has been a phenomenal success and we can’t wait to return in 2013‘, Kanya King, CEO and Founder of MOBO said after the show.
The awards show was broadcast live on BBC3 and was hosted by pop act Jason Derulo and English singer-songwriter, dancer, model Alesha Dixon.
Check out the full list of winners below…
Best Newcomer In Association With Lebara Mobile – Voted For By Facebook – Jessie J
Best Hip Hop / Grime Act – Tinie Tempah
Best Video- Tinchy Stryder And Dappy (Spaceship)
Best International Act- Rihanna
Best Song In Association With PRS For Music- Jessie J (Do it like a dude)
Best Album – Jessie J (Who You Are)
Best Reggae – Alborosie
Best Jazz Act- Kairos 4tet
Best African Act – Wizkid
Best Gospel Act – Triple O
Best R&B / Soul Act – Adele
Outsanding Contribution To Music – Boyz II Men
Bemobo Award – Youth Music