Just as we reported few hours ago regarding the stripping of Wizkid's earlier won award as the "African Best Act" at the 2016 MTV EMAs by the organizers, announcing Tanzanian talent, Ali Kiba as the winner, Wizkid have moved to delete every of his post on his social media account regarding the award, especially those that portray him as the winner of the accolade.
Ali Kiba have as well, in happy mood, appreciated the organizers and the fans for the award. In the statement, he said; "Thanks to MTV for this huge honour It's very exciting to be recognized at the MTV EMAs and I am delighted to bring home the award to my fans in Tanzania and East Africa. Thank you to my family and management."
Anyway, this is not the main reason i returned on this matter. My return here is to inform you that the organizers of the MTV EMAs have released an official statement to address the controversy. According to them, both artist are winners for the night but in different category.
MTV congratulates Alikiba who has won Best African Act at the 2016 MTV EMAs.
The news was revealed November 10 after the incorrect results for Best African Act were posted late Sunday night November 6 due to an error.
Six Worldwide Act winners, including Wizkid, were selected by an international committee of MTV executives to recognize current artists who are rising to have a wider Geographic appeal beyond their local region. The winners were chosen based off a range of criteria including international MTV video play, radio airplay, streams and sales across multiple territories and regions.
The winner of Best African Act was selected by fans via votes on MTVEMA.com.
- MTV Official Statement on the controversy.
What does that mean? It means that Wizkid is not the winner of "African Best Act" award but one of six "Worldwide Act" award winners. This also means that Wizkid is not the only winner for the "Worldwide Act" as we earlier suggested, as there exist other five winners. Simply put it that Wizkid is the "African Best Act" on a worldwide level while Alikiba is the "African Best Act" on the local level.
An MTV spokesperson commented on the issue saying; "Both Wizkid and Alikiba are great artists and deserving winners at the MTV EMAS and we congratulate them wholeheartedly on their achievements.
"We apologize for any confusion we have caused but we are pleased to recognize the achievements of both these artists on this global platform."