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Wizkid Stripped Of His MTV Best African Act Award

Looks like MTV just pulled a Steve Harvey on Nigeria’s Afrobeat sensation, Wizkid.

Remember how Steve Harvey misread his cue card at the end of the Miss Universe 2015 pageant, announcing Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez as the winner and Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach as first runner-up? Gutiérrez was crowned before Harvey realized his mistake — that it was actually Wurtzbach who won.

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Well, MTV announced Wizkid as the winner of Best African Act at this year’s MTV EMA Awards, only to shock the entertainment scene today by stripping Wizkid of the award and announcing Tanzania’s Alikiba.

Tanzanians had cried foul that the award was rigged as Alikiba seemed to be leading in the votes, and MTV confirmed their fears, although they however said it was a miscalculation of the votes.

The award that was subject to a public vote became a subject of discussion after votes showed Alikiba was leading but the organisers gave Wizkid the trophy during the ceremony in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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Wizkid has since deleted all Instagram posts regarding the award.

This is the second time Alikiba will be showing Wizkid that he is a force to be reckoned with in Africa. During Chris Brown’s Mombasa Rocks Music Festival in Kenya, both artists had disagreed on who to perform first and last with Alikiba insisting that although the Nigerian was the bigger music brand across Africa, he was more popular in Kenya, and so would perform after Wizkid.

While we expect MTV to offer Wizkid a more proper apology, this might just escalate the beef between both stars.

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David Masifon is a Associate at Meets Media, a digital journalist who reports on Entertainment and some other section of our website.

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