In a tale of mixed fortunes, D’banj has been named ‘Best African Act’ at the 2012 edition of the MOBO Awards with his song, ‘Oliver Twist’.
The kokomaster clinched the title last night, Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the Echo Arena, Liverpool, UK, where the awards was held.
D’banj had to contend with Nigerian pop duo Psquare as well as Fatoumata Diawara, The Very Best, Spoek Mathambo, Fally Ipupa, Sarkodie, Cabo Snoop, Camp Mulla and Amadou and Mariam to take home the coveted award.
It would be recalled that D’banj was nominated for the award last year but was edged out by Nigerian pop sensation, Wizkid. This will therefore be a cherished prize for the singer as it is his first ever MOBO award which sees him join the list of past Nigerian winners, 2face Idibia (2007) 9ice (2008) and Nneka (2009).
Also, the award will serve as a consolation for D’banj who recently lost out of the MTV Europe Music Awards ‘Best Worldwide Act’ category.