Burna boy beat the likes of South Africa’s Nasty C and Prince Kaybee to be named Best African Act at the recent MTV Europe Music Awards held in Seville, Spain.
Tanzanian star Harmonize and Kenyan music duo TooFan were also nominated in the highly coveted category together with another Nigerian, Teni.
Burna Boy who was performing at Wembley in London on the night was one of the high-profile stars that were not in attendance including Nicki Minaj, Billie Eilish, FKA Twigs, Sam Mendes and Taylor Swift, to accept their awards in person.
Last year the same award for Africa was won by Nigerian songbird Tiwa Savage, making her the first woman to win.
Past winners include D’banj (2012), Locnville (2013), Diamond Platnumz (2015) and Davido (2017). D’banj and Davido are Nigerian music superstars while Locnville are a South African duo doing well internationally. Diamond Platnumz is a prolific Tanzanian hitmaker.
“African music continues to make significant contributions to global entertainment and culture,” said Alex Okosi, executive vice-president and managing director for Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) and BET International.
“We are proud of and congratulate Burna Boy from Nigeria for winning the Best African Act at the 2019 MTV EMA which showcases and celebrates the best talent from the world.”
Other big winners included Nicki Minaj for Best Hip Hop, Halsey for Best Pop, Green Day for Best Rock and FKA Twigs for Best Alternative.
Hosted by Becky G, the awards had electric performance from Ava Max, Dua Lipa, NCT 127 and Mabel.