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I lived in Nigeria for my entire childhood. When I came to the United States, my eyes were opened as to how unaware other countries were to the overwhelming economic and cultural challenges of Africa.  It was then I knew I was meant to dedicate my life to bringing a voice to those still in the shadows and to enlighten those totally unaware of the atrocities women and children in Africa endure.

New Shows, New Faces: BET Africa Reveals The Big

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BET Africa took center stage as the Nominations for Best International Act Africa were announced during a special press session held at the African Pride Hotel in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.

  

The 2017 BET Awards honored eight leading African artists who are igniting the African music scene.  Holding up the torch for South African hip-hop is chart topping don, AKA, rising star, Nasty C and the inimitable dance and house music sensation, Babes Wodumo. Nigeria enjoys a strong representation with Wizkid who is no stranger to the awards, the infinitely talented Tekno, enterprising singer Mr. Eazi, singer and producer Davido and one of the leading reggae and dancehall artists, Stonebwoy from Ghana rounding up the nominees for the Best International Act Africa.

  

BET Africa also announced new shows and new faces joining the DSTV Channel 129 family. Khaya Mthethwa will host a new Gospel show "Rhythm and Gospel" on Sundays beginning May 21, 2017.

  

Amongst others, Jessica Nkosi and K Naomi who aren't strangers to our TV screen, will join the second season of BET A-List that will air on Thursdays.


The complete list of nominees for the 2017 "BET Awards" are:

 

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

BEYONCÉ

KEHLANI

MARY J. BLIGE

RIHANNA

SOLANGE

 

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

BRUNO MARS

CHRIS BROWN

THE WEEKND

TREY SONGZ

USHER

 

Best Group

2 CHAINZ & LIL WAYNE

A TRIBE CALLED QUEST

FAT JOE & REMY MA

MIGOS

RAE SREMMURD

 

Best Collaboration

BEYONCÉ FT. KENDRICK LAMAR - FREEDOM

CHANCE THE RAPPER FT. 2 CHAINZ & LIL WAYNE - NO PROBLEM

CHRIS BROWN FT. GUCCI MANE & USHER - PARTY

DJ KHALED FT. BEYONCÉ & JAY Z - SHINING

MIGOS FT. LIL UZI VERT - BAD AND BOUJEE

RAE SREMMURD FT. GUCCI MANE - BLACK BEATLES

 

Best Male Hip-Hop Artist

BIG SEAN

CHANCE THE RAPPER

DRAKE

FUTURE

J. COLE

KENDRICK LAMAR

 

Best Female Hip-Hop Artist

CARDI B

MISSY ELLIOTT

NICKI MINAJ

REMY MA

YOUNG M.A.

 

Video of the Year

BEYONCÉ - SORRY

BIG SEAN - BOUNCE BACK

BRUNO MARS    

  

Video Director of the Year

BENNY BOOM – KEHLANI “CRZY”

BRUNO MARS & JONATHAN LIA – BRUNO MARS “THAT’S WHAT I LIKE”

DIRECTOR X – ZAYN MALIK “LIKE I WOULD”

HYPE WILLIAMS – TYGA “GUCCI SNAKES FT. DESIIGNER”

KAHLIL JOSEPH & BEYONCÉ KNOWLES-CARTER – BEYONCÉ “SORRY”

 

Best New Artist

21 SAVAGE

CARDI B

CHANCE THE RAPPER

KHALID

YOUNG M.A.

 

Album of the Year

24K MAGIC - BRUNO MARS

4 YOUR EYEZ ONLY - J. COLE

A SEAT AT THE TABLE - SOLANGE

COLORING BOOK - CHANCE THE RAPPER

LEMONADE - BEYONCÉ

 

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

CECE WINANS – NEVER HAVE TO BE ALONE

FANTASIA FT. TYE TRIBBETT – I MADE IT

KIRK FRANKLIN FT. SARAH REEVES, TASHA COBBS & TAMELA MANN – MY WORLD NEEDS YOU

LECRAE – CAN’T STOP ME NOW (DESTINATION)

TAMELA MANN – GOD PROVIDES

 

Best Actress

GABRIELLE UNION

ISSA RAE

JANELLE MONÁE

TARAJI P. HENSON

VIOLA DAVIS

 

Best Actor

BRYSHERE Y. GRAY

DENZEL WASHINGTON

DONALD GLOVER

MAHERSHALA ALI

OMARI HARDWICK

 

Young Stars Award

ACE HUNTER

CALEB MCLAUGHLIN

JADEN SMITH

MARSAI MARTIN

YARA SHAHIDI

 

Best Movie

FENCES

GET OUT!

HIDDEN FIGURES

MOONLIGHT

THE BIRTH OF A NATION

 

Sportswoman of the Year Award

GABBY DOUGLAS

SERENA WILLIAMS

SIMONE BILES

SKYLAR DIGGINS

VENUS WILLIAMS

 

Sportsman of the Year Award

CAM NEWTON

LEBRON JAMES

ODELL BECKHAM JR.

RUSSELL WESTBROOK 

STEPHEN CURRY

 

Centric Award

FANTASIA - SLEEPING WITH THE ONE I LOVE

KEHLANI - DISTRACTION

MARY J. BLIGE - THICK OF IT

SOLANGE - CRANES IN THE SKY

SYD - ALL ABOUT ME

YUNA - CRUSH FT. USHER

 

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

BEYONCÉ - SORRY

BRUNO MARS - 24K MAGIC

DRAKE - FAKE LOVE

MIGOS FT. LIL UZI VERT - BAD AND BOUJEE

RAE SREMMURD FT. GUCCI MANE - BLACK BEATLES

THE WEEKND FT. DAFT PUNK – STARBOY

 

Best International Act: Europe

BOOBA (France)

MHD (France)

CRAIG DAVID (UK)

EMELI SANDE (UK)

GIGGS (UK)

SKEPTA (UK)

STORMZY (UK)

WILEY (UK)

 

Best International Act: Africa

AKA (South Africa)

BABES WODUMO (South Africa)

DAVIDO (Nigeria)

NASTY C (South Africa)

STONEBWOY (Ghana)

TEKNO (Nigeria)

WIZKID (Nigeria)

MR EAZI (Nigeria)


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Author
Omon Okor

I lived in Nigeria for my entire childhood. When I came to the United States, my eyes were opened as to how unaware other countries were to the overwhelming economic and cultural challenges of Africa.  It was then I knew I was meant to dedicate my life to bringing a voice to those still in the shadows and to enlighten those totally unaware of the atrocities women and children in Africa endure.



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