The MTV Africa Music Awards Has Been Moved To 2018

Established almost a decade ago by MTV Networks Africa (now Viacom International Media Networks Africa), the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) was created to honour the best contemporary music across Africa.

While it's meant to be an annual awards ceremony, due to a three-year hiatus between 2011 and 2013, the MAMAs have only happened six times since it launched. And with less than two weeks left in 2017, it's clear it won't be happening this year either.

Wizkid with his MAMAs trophies (Photo: Wizkid/ Instagram)

The sixth edition, which held in October last year, featured a headline performance by Future — with Wizkid, Drake and Yemi Alade all taking home major awards for 'Artiste of the Year', 'Best Female Act and 'Best International Act' respectively.

While the MTV Europe Music Awards already awarded Davido for his solid 2017, the "Fia" singer will have to wait until 2018 for the MAMAs to honour him as well. We already predict him walking away with 'Artiste of the Year' award this time around.

Future at the 2016 MAMAs (Photo: MTV Africa Music Awards/Instagram)

Speaking with Pulse about the hiatus, the show's creator, Alex Okosi said:

"At Viacom International Media Networks Africa we have been working to reinvent the MAMA to create a deeper music experience that will be more immersive for our fans and partners in 2018."

About the year-in-review for the upcoming awards show, he continued:

"[The MAMAs] will continue to be fully reflective of the continent’s great music and lifestyle that is shaping the continent.

It’s important to emphasize that all the great music that has emerged during the period from the last MAMA and the next will be recognized for accolades."

The MAMAs joins The Headies as the second prestigious awards show to be postponed until 2018. The Headies, which focuses primarily on Nigerian music, was moved to March 2018, with the promise of four new categories. No official date has been announced for The MAMAs yet.

The MAMAs 2016 hosts (Photo: MTV Africa Music Awards/Instagram)

By Daniel Orubo, published on 20/12/2017