By Ivan Kabuye
The MTV Africa Music Awards (also known as the MAMAs) were established in 2008 by MTV Networks Africa to celebrate the most popular contemporary music in Africa,
The 2008 and 2010 events took place in Nigeria; 2009 event happened in Kenya Nairobi, after these three initial events, the award had a 3-year hiatus, returning only in 2014 and 2015 in Durban and 2016 in Johannesburg.
Speaking to the press at the Uganda Media center communications and media relations manager Dennis Katungi said the cabinet sat on Monday August 12th 2019 at State House Entebbe Approved Uganda’s bid to host the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) 2019.
Hosting of the event is expected to showcase the best of Uganda to a Pan-African and Global audience, to provide a platform that empowers Ugandan and other African Artists, whilst celebrating creative diversity and excellence, to empower the Uganda youth through job and internship opportunities during the campaign, thereby maximizing skills transfer opportunities, to create public relations opportunities for Tourism stakeholders with global media outlet and to profile Uganda across 48 Countries in Africa and 60 territories around the world that Viacom International Media Networks African channels broadcast too.
Some of the winners who were previously nominated for the awards from different countries included,
Saran KabaJones & S’Bu Mavundla (Uganda & South Africa) in which a Ugandan emerged a winner.
Several Ugandan artists have been appearing in Nomination categories for example in 2016 MAMA awards, Bebecool was nominated in Listeners choice category and Eddy Kenzo in the best live actors