Nigerian Diva, Tiwa Savage has become the first Nigerian female artist to win the MTV Europe Music Awards (MTV EMAs) in the Best African Act category.
The Afro-pop singer snatched the record-breaking award at the 2018 MTV EMAs held on Sunday at the Bilbao Exhibition Center, Bilbao, Spain with several music stars across the world in attendance.
The African act category, in 2005, was infused into the MTV EMA to enhance musical alliances across borders, and promote cultural integrations.
NAN reports that until Tiwa’s win, three Nigerians had taken the award home including 2Baba in 2005, D’banj in 2007 and 2012; and Davido in 2017.
In 2018, Tiwa was nominated alongside fellow Nigerian act, David Adeleke, aka Davido; South Africa’s Distruction Boyz and Shekinah; Kenya’s Nyashinski and Fally Ipupa from the DRC.
Celebrating the award, Tiwa took to her Instagram page @tiwasavage to dedicate the win to African women and aspiring young girls.
She said, “Almighty God, you are so faithful. My savage soldiers did it for me.
“You have stuck with me through the roller coasters. Thank you. To my amazing team, this is just the beginning. African women, this is for us.
“I have been through a lot but I have kept my head up and weathered the storm because I know some little girl somewhere is dreaming like I did,” Tiwa said.
The night also featured the likes of Jason Derulo, Janet Jackson, Alessia Cara, Bebe Rexha, Rosalia, David Guetta, Hailee Steinfeld, Halsey, Jack & Jack, Little Mix and more taking to the stage to deliver explosive performances.
See the full list of winners below
BEST AFRICAN ACT
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria) Winner
Distruction Boyz (South Africa)
Fally Ipupa (DRC)
Shekinah (South Africa)
Camila Cabello (Winner)
Ariana Grande (No Tears left to cry)
Camila Cabello (Havana ft. Young Thug) (Winner)
Childish Gambino (This Is America)
Lil Dicky (Freaky Friday ft. Chris Brown)
The Carters (APES**T)
Ariana Grande (No tears left to cry)
Bebe Rexha (Meant To Be ft. Florida Georgia Line)
Camila Cabello (Havana ft. Young Thug) Winner
Drake (God’s Plan)
Post Malone (Rockstar ft. 21 Savage)
Dua Lipa (Winner)
BEST NEW ARTIST
Cardi B (Winner)
Cardi B (Winner)
BEST HIP HOP
Nicki Minaj (Winner)
Shawn Mendes (Winner)
5 Seconds Of Summer (Winner)
Fall Out Boy
Panic! At The Disco (Winner)
Thirty Seconds To Mars
BEST WORLD STAGE
Clean Bandit (MTV Crashes Plymouth, UK 2017)
Charli XCX (MTV Crashes Plymouth, UK 2017)
David Guetta (Trafalgar Square, UK 2017)
Jason Derulo (Isle of MTV Malta 2018)
Post Malone (Wireless Festival, UK 2018)
Migos (Wireless Festival, UK 2018)
J Cole (Wireless Festival, UK 2018)
Nick Jonas (MTV Spotlight @ Hyperplay, Singapore 2018)
Alessia Cara (MTV Spotlight @ Hyperplay, Singapore 2018) (Winner)
PRETTYMUCH (October 2017)
Why Don’t We (November 2017)
Grace VanderWaal (December 2017) (Winner)
Bishop Briggs (January 2018)
Superorganism (February 2018)
Jessie Reyez (March 2018)
Hayley Kiyoko (April 2018)
Lil Xan (May 2018)
Sigrid (June 2018)
Chloe x Halle (July 2018)
Bazzi (August 2018)
Jorja Smith (September 2018)
BEST US ACT
Camila Cabello (winner)
BEST CANADIAN ACT: Shawn Mendes (Winner)
BEST KOREAN ACT: Loona (Winner)
BEST UK & IRELAND ACT: Little Mix (Winner)
GLOBAL ICON: Janet Jackson