Nigeria once again has missed out on hosting the MTV Africa Music Awards, with preparations underway for the seventh edition holding in South Africa soon.

The Headies organisers have remained silent regarding this year’s edition of the awardshow, while the MTV Africa Music Awards continue to gain ground in preparation for the seventh edition.

It’s a financial loss for Nigerians as they will be flying over to South Africa for the 2016MAMAs for the third year in a row – accommodation and shopping included.

D'banj with selfie Stick                                                              D’banj performs with a selfie stick in Durban. Credit: MTV

A setback was suffered last year when the 10th edition of The Headies, previously scheduled to hold in December, was moved to New Year’s Day.

That was followed by Olamide and Don Jazzy’s outburst over ‘Next Rated Award’ award on behalf of their protégés, which ended up being the big take from the night – that otherwise would’ve been an epic flop.

Don Jazzy and Olamide end their rift publicly on January 3, 2016. Credit: IG
Don Jazzy and Olamide ended their rift publicly 

Now, it’s four months to the end of 2016 and there has been no sign of an 11th edition of the Headies seeing the light of day, leaving their audience confused after last year’s poor show.

Meanwhile, since the maiden edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards in 2008, the award show has held once in Kenya, twice in Nigeria, and will again hold in South Africa for what will be a third consecutive year.

Nominations for this year’s MAMAs will be revealed next month, while the ceremony is scheduled to hold on October 22, at Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg.

The big winners on the night of the 2015 MAMAs included Nigerian stars Yemi Alade and Davido, who took home the Best Male and Best Female awards respectively, while hip hop star Cassper Nyovest nabbed the Best Hip Hop award. D’Banj was honoured with the MAMA Evolution award.

According to the organisers, MAMA 2016 will celebrate African talent across 17 award categories, including Best Male, Best Female, Best Song, Best Collaboration and more.

Additional categories include the Africa Re-Imagined Award and Personality of the Year.

We saw Trevor Nelson host the 2008 MAMAs in Nigeria, while Wyclef Jean hosted the 2009 edition in Kenya.

US comedian Anthony Anderson did a good job in Durban Arena last year, BUT we await the name of who will keep us thrilled in October.

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