The outbreak of the global Coronavirus pandemic in early 2020 dashed the hopes of several Ugandans to have the awards hosted in Kampala. The awards were consequently suspended.
Ugandans kept their fingers tied as they anticipated that by the end of the pandemic, Kampala would be considered to host the awards.
Their prayers were indeed answered on Wednesday 25th November 2020 as MTV Africa answered the “What is the M?” question after weeks of the mysterious ‘M’ which was placed on the Independence Monument in October.
Through social media, MTV Africa confirmed that the awards will happen in Kampala, Uganda on 20th February 2021.
“It’s official! Africa’s biggest celebration of music is heading to Uganda. The #MTVMAMA takes place in Kampala on the 20th of February 2021,” MTV revealed in Twitter.
Further information about the venue of the awards and preparations is yet to be announced but atleast we are sure the awards will happen and that Kampala will host Africa next year.
What are the MAMA awards about?
The MAMA awards were established in 2008 by MTV Networks Africa to celebrate the most popular contemporary music in Africa. They lasted six editions with South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya hosting the awards thrice, twice, and once respectively.
In 2017 the popular awards weren’t held and Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President of Viacom International Media Network Africa, said that the company was working to reinvent them to create a deeper music experience for the 2018 edition. In 2018, they were a no show as well.
One of the most exciting editions of the MAMA awards (in a Ugandan perspective) happened in 2015 at a ceremony that was held at the Durban International Convention Centre, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa on July 18th in commemoration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday.
In that year, several Ugandan artistes were proud to share the limelight with some making it on the nominations list as others were invited to make celebrity appearances.
Jose Chameleone was pitted against the likes of Samini, Asa, Black Coffee (RIP), 2Face Idibia, Anselmo Ralph, Fally Ipupa, HHP, and D’Banj – who won the award – in the MAMA Evolution Award category.
Bebe Cool’s ‘Love You Everyday’ was nominated in the Video of the Year category something which raised arguments on who should keep the award, between the singer and the videographer, if it’s won.
The following year, 2016, the awards were a shadow of their former self with less publicity towards the main event. The nominations and eventual winners as well were not convincing enough for several music fans and critics.
That was the last year the awards were held and despite a negative reception generally, Uganda went ahead to prove that its entertainment industry was improving as Eddy Kenzo, Sheebah Karungi and Bebe Cool achieved nominations.
The MAMA awards are such a big stage for any Ugandan artiste and that was witnessed in the efforts that the nominated artistes invested to ensure that their fans voted for them in the last two editions of the awards.
The expectations are that the awards act as a platform to showcase what Uganda, as a nation, possesses in terms of Arts and Film. It could be the perfect timing because Ugandans have waited too long for this opportunity.
The question that remains is whether the pandemic shall have ended by February 2021 so as to have several international celebrities in Kampala instead of a possible virtual show – especially because the concerts and music shows are still banned by the government as a measure against the rapid spread if COVID-19.
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During a TV interview recently though, she revealed much about her love life and what she is planning ahead in her life.
The ‘Mummy’ singer noted that she has not yet found someone to trust and fall in love with and does not consider marriage anytime soon.
Gloria revealed that her concentration is on her music career and to finish her studies first before embarking on the journey to find a soulmate.
I have never been in a relationship and haven’t found love. I am busy focussing on my career and school. Everything else will come with time.
In past interviews, Baby Gloria has often made it clear that her mother is overprotective and gives her the right guidance about what to expect in life.
Josh Ruby is an Editor with high interest and knowledge in the Ugandan entertainment space, an industry he has been actively part of since 2010. Leads to breaking stories are welcome!
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The shocking development was first shared in a letter from the current Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu to the Anglican Bishops under the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON).
Most Rev. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu letter reads in part:
It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my predecessor, retired Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, has been involved in an extra-marital affair with a married woman, which he has acknowledged. This adultery is a grievous betrayal on many levels. Retired Archbishop Ntagali has betrayed his Lord and Saviour, his wife and their marriage vows, as well as the faith of many Ugandans and global Christians who looked to him to live the faith he proclaimed.
However, Archbishop Stanley Ntagali has since turned mute as thorough investigations in this saga are said to be conducted at the moment.