JUST IN: The 2021 Kampala MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) ceremony which was scheduled to be held on February 20 has been postponed until further date.
“MTV Base is postponing the 2021 MTV Africa Music Awards. We will keep fans updated as we have more news,” read a Thursday tweet on MTV Africa’s official Twitter account.
However, no reasons were cited for the postponement at the time.
A detailed statement is expected later this Friday, according to organizers.
The Kampala edition was set to be the first-ever live-streamed virtual MTV Africa Awards due to complications arising from the coronavirus pandemic. It was also supposed to be the first time that the awards were to be held in Uganda.
However, preliminary information indicates Uganda’s tourism ministry worked closely with MTV to postpone the ceremony to May 2021.
Speaking to Daily Express, The Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Tourism Ministry Doreen Katusiime confirmed the decision of postponing the virtual event.
“Yes, the decision was reached between the organizers and the Ministry on behalf of Government as the hosts.”
She added: “The event will be held in Uganda at a later date in the near future. We will announce the date later.”
The awards showcasing the ultimate in African culture, music, and creativity, were meant to be held in a re-imagined virtual event hosted by U.S. producer Dj Khaled.
Insider sources say instead of holding a virtual event, the awards ceremony is likely to be held physically in Uganda.