I have not attended the Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards before but I have used it as a yardstick to criticize how the BET Awards handle their Best African Act category. I?m sure by now you have seen my previous post about Fuse ODG winning the MOBO Award for Best African Act in London last night, where Fuse ODG was not present to pick up the award because he was stuck in traffic. Apparently, the Best African Act category was presented off stage quickly before the main ceremony could start. The category was presented by Ghanain UK radio personality, DJ Abrantee.
It is interesting to note that Sam Smith and Jessie J were among the biggest winners on the night. See Fuse ODG?s response below
BestAfricanAct category should?ve been televised! Afrobeats is the biggest selling genre for black music in UK right now @MOBOAwards #TINA
? Fuse ODG (@FuseODG) October 22, 2014
AfrobeatsCityUnleashed reports:Last night the twitter world ran amok with hashtag #MOBOShunsAfrica trending at a rapid pace. This was as a result of the best African act of this year?s MOBO(shortened form of Music Of Black Origin) 2014 awards, being presented away from the media, in a glamorous backstage ceremony to Fuse ODG which some considered a travesty. Afrobeats lovers and sympathizers took to twitter last night to register their disapproval, and express their disappointment! This now beggars the question, ?Has Afrobeats not yet attained the recognition status in the UK considering it is the biggest location outside of Africa where the genre is well known?? Why was the award presented backstage away from the media hence not receiving it?s due(or should we say expected) recognition? We are yet to get an official feedback from MOBO Awards regarding this, but we will endeavor to keep you in the picture. Check out a screenshot of tweets with the #MOBOShunsAfrica tweets.