The MAMA or MTV award that was expected to be held in Uganda this month has been postponed.
Lilly Ajarova of Uganda’s tourism board yesterday said the postponement was due to Internet “issues” and the coronavirus pandemic affecting the country.
In his words “There was a discussion about the postponement of the event. We still have issues with the Internet yet the event is supposed to be virtual. There was an issue of coronavirus.”
Earlier last in January, Uganda blocked social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and later shut down the Internet on allegations that communications during the 2021 General Election last month would endanger security.
Internet has since been restored but social media platforms remain closed until further noticed.
Human rights activists in the country have been using social media to attack MTV Africa for hosting a continental event like MAMA in Uganda when several musicians, including former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, cannot be allowed to stage performances.
“MTV Base is postponing the 2021. MTV Africa Music Awards. We will keep fans updated as we have more news,” MTV Base Africa tweeted yesterday.
The awards are intended to showcase creativity and talent of African artistes.
Several Ugandan artistes were nominated in the MAMA awards, including Bebe Cool, Sheebah and Daddy Andre.