Nigerian singer 2 Face, known for his catchy, fast-paced pop song “Implication,” claimed both the artist of the year and best male performer awards during the ceremony held in Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos. He also dominated during a live performance, throwing himself into the crowd and running away from two scantily clad dancers dressed as police officers.
“One love to Nigeria,” the artist said as he held the golden MTV award, to the applause of the audience. His singing often includes words in the Yoruba language, heard throughout southwestern Nigeria.
National pride ran high as rapper Banky W took to the stage carrying the country’s green-and-white flag, later tossing it over his shoulder during his performance. The country’s musicians fared well during the ceremony – Nigerian act P Square won for Best Group, Nigerian singer Sasha won as best female performer and Nigerian rapper Mo Cheddah won for best new artist.