Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Cover of WizKid's debut album
Like Tuface, 9ice, and Nneka before him, 21-year-old Nigerian artiste Wizkid (original name Ayo Balogun) was tonight voted the 2011 winner of the MOBO (Music Of Black Origin) Award for Best African Act. Wizkid, who only released his debut album 'SuperStar' under Banky W's Empire Mates Entertainment (EME) label in June, shrugged off challenge from fellow Nigerian music heavyweight D’Banj and Afrobeat musician Seun Kuti, as well as Fatoumata Diawara and Cheikh Lo. Wizkid's award is another well-deserved international recognition of the impact of Nigerian music stars over the years, as well as its growing fan base across the world. Wikzid is also nominated for the MTV Europe Music Awards scheduled to hold on November 6 in Belfast. Barely two years old as a professional artiste, only time would tell how far this prodigy would travel on the international music stratosphere.

The big winner of the night was Jessie J, who won four awards - Best Newcomer, Best UK Act, Best Album for Who You Are and Best Song for Do It Like A Dude.

Congratulations, Wizkid! Like the title of his debut album, with chart topping singles, he has proven to be a SuperStar indeed.

Full list of winners:

MOBO hosts: Jason Derulo & Alesha Dixon (Pix courtesy DailyMail)
Best African Act – Wizkid

Best Song: Jessie J - Do It Like A Dude

Best Album: Jessie J - Who You Are

Best Video: Tinchy Stryder and Dappy - Spaceship
Best International Act: Rihanna
Best R&B/Soul Act: Adele
Best Hip-Hop Act: Tinchy Stryder
Best UK Act: Jessie J
Best Newcomer: Jessie J
Outstanding Contribution To Music: Boyz II Men

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