INTERESTINGLY PAINFUL: Bebe Cool
Ugandan reggae maestro Bebe Cool has lost the Mobo award for Best African Act to Nigerian 2Face Idibia.
2Face beat fellow Nigerian D’Banj (Nigeria), Kenyan Nameless, Wambali Mkandawire (Malawi) and South Africa’s Kabelo to claim the award, which was handed to him during the 12th edition of the MOBOs held at the 02 Arena, Greenwich in London on Wednesday September 19.
Innocent Ujah Idibia a.k.a 2Face becomes the first Nigerian to win a Mobo whilst Bebe Cool becomes the second Ugandan to miss out on winning at the prestigious UK awards.
Jose Chameleone, who was the first ever nominee from East Africa, lost the same category to Ghanaian Batman Samini last year.
Chameleone was nominated alongside South African Lebo Mathosa (RIP) and Nigerians Tony Tetuilla and P-Square (Paul & Peter Okoye).
Meanwhile, 2Face was left wordless and embarrassed at Wednesday’s event after he held his award carelessly and it fell and broke into pieces, just as he was about making his acceptance speech.
His country-mate, co-nominee D’Banj was around to calm him down but 2Face looked like he would shed tears any moment.
2Face was nominated for the same award in 2005, but he lost to Senegalese Youssou N’doir and now he could only take the honour home but no plaque.
Meanwhile, Bebe Cool is defiant despite the win and he is optimistic ahead of the Channel O Spirit of Africa Music Video Awards slated to take place at the Johannesburg City Hall on October 11 2007.
Bebe Cool, under E.A.B.C, is nominated for Best Ragga Dancehall Video, Best African East Video, Best Director and Video of the Year for their hit Kube.
Voting is still on and you only need to log on to www.channelo.co.za.