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The first annual MTV Africa Music Awards took place on November 22, 2008 in Abuja, Nigeria at The Velodrome. The show was hosted by Trevor Nelson. The nominees were announced on October 7, 2008.
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Artist of the Year
Best New Act
Best Live Performer
Listener's choice award
- Jax Panik — "Cigarettes and Cinnamon"
- D'banj — "Why Me"
- Naakaya — "Mr. Politician"
- JB Mpiana — "Zadio Kongolo"
- P Unit (featuring DNA) — "Una"
- Toniks — "Beera Nange"
- Ofori Amponsah (featuring Samini) — "Odwo"
MAMA legend award
- Jide Rotilu, Adetoro Rotilu, Razor Blee G