|D'banj and Paul Okoye|
It was a major award haul for the brand ambassadors of Nigeria’s total telecommunications solutions provider, Globacom, at the 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA), held in Durban, South Africa on Saturday night.
Leading the Glo ambassadors who shone like a million stars at the awards was the singer, songwriter, and businessman, also known as the ‘koko master’, Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (D’Banj), who won the maiden MAMA Evolution Award. He beat other mega super stars, 2face and Asa, among others to emerge winner.
The category was introduced in the 2015 edition of the awards to celebrate artistes who have made huge impact on the African music scene, taking African music beyond the African continent through hard work and uncommon creativity.
The winner for the category was jointly decided by MTV Base and online voting via Twitter and Instagram.
Two other major categories of the prestigious awards were carted home by long time Globacom ambassadors, Psquare. They won the 'Best Group’ award, beating South Africa’s house sensations, Beatenberg, Kenya’s power musicians, Sauti Sol, and Angola’s B4.
They also won a non-voting category, ‘Artiste of the decade’, in recognition of their successful longevity at the top of African music.
Burnaboy, (Damini Ogulu) another frontline Ambassador of the foremost telecom company also bagged an award for his collaborative work “All Eyes On Me” together with AKA, Da Les & JR: (SA/Nigeria).
Globacom’s new sign-ons, Korede Bello, Reekado Banks, and Di’ja also shared in the glory when ‘Dorobucci’, a song in which they featured prominently under the Mavin Record crew, was crowned the ‘Song of the Year.’
Other Globacom ambassadors who came close to snatching some of the awards include OC Ukeje and Basketmouth nominated for the Personality of the Year category, Ayodeji Balogun, nominated for the Best Male Category and the Song of the Year Category; and Flavour (Chinedu Izuchukwu Okoli), nominated for the Best Live Category.