The MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) that were scheduled to take place in Kampala, Uganda this month have been postponed indefinitely, the organizers have announced.
The revelation was made on Thursday evening via Twitter by MTV Base Africa. However, there was no reason given for the decision.
“MTV Base is postponing the 2021 MTV Africa Music Awards. We will keep fans updated as we have more news,” they said.
The awards had faced a lot of resistance from a number of Ugandans especially on social media. Those against the idea of hosting the ceremony in Kampala have been fronting the fact that many of the country’s musicians including former Presidential Candidate Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert alias Bobi Wine are being persecuted by the state.
There has been other voices sounding against the awards outside Ugandan boarders. These included Bobi Wine’s allies Jeffrey Smith and Robert Amsterdam who used their Twitter handles to castigate the organizers.
“By holding a global awards show in partnership with #Uganda’s dictatorship, @MTVBaseAfrica
“will not only be lending itself to whitewashing the regime’s crimes but also implicate all nominated artists,” Jeffrey Smith tweeted.