On 15th August 2019, the government of Uganda approved the bid to host the MTV Music Awards and they were slated to happen in December 2019. However, there was a sudden silence shortly after the bid was signed and it became unclear whether or not Uganda would host the prestigious awards. The silence was so loud until MTV finally made an official announcement through their social media This year.
It was confirmed the first time, the MTV Africa Music Awards are going to be held in Uganda in February 2021. These will be the first-ever live stream virtual MTV Africa Music Awards.
The news was received with ecstasy as Sheebah Karungi, a female Pop star also a former nominee of the MAMAs expressed her gratitude to MTV, Sheebah noted that these awards would give her and the rest of the Ugandan artists a chance to work with international acts that would grace the event.
The seemingly exuberant state Minister for Tourism Godrey Kiwanda also noted during the unveiling that this was going to serve as an opportunity to showcase The Pearl of Africa through music to the rest of the world.
Craig Paterson, the Senior Vice President of Viacom CBS Networks Africa also added that holding the awards virtually is going to create a wide variety of cross-border collaboration between International and African artists. This means that with just a data bundle everyone around the world will be witnessing Uganda, but most importantly attending the show.
Since the awards are going to be held in conjunction with The Ministry of Tourism, there is reason to believe that this going to be a big bonus to the Tourism industry, hospitality, and leisure amenities.
During the event, Daddy Andrea gave a ground-braking performance, and on D-day, we anticipate that Sheebah, Vinka, Ezzy, Apass, Bebecool, Ykee Benda might be some of the lucky performers of the event.
We will live you to predict who you think will stand a chance to be nominated in these for the coming awards.
The 2021 edition of the MAMA awards will mark the second time the awards have been held in East Africa, the first being in 2009 when they were held in Nairobi Kenya.
The unveiling was hosted by entertainment guru and TV host Douglas Lwanga, and so it is fair to say that the awards are going to create jobs for some of Uganda's media personalities.