The 2016 BET Awards comes off Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles. Ghana makes yet another appearance in the Best International Action: Africa category with dancehall act, MzVee. She faces fierce competition from fellow African greats: Wizkid (Nigeria), Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania), Serge Beynaud (Côte d’Ivoire), AKA (South Africa), Black Coffee (South Africa) and Cassper Nyovest (South Africa).

Here are ten more facts about Ghana’s  representation at the prestigious event:

1. Ghana first made an appearance at the awards in 2010 with reggae maestro Kojo Antwi. He lost the award to U.K rapper Dizzee Rascal. Other nominees include P-Square and M.I. from Nigeria; HHP from South Africa, Sade (U.K), Estelle (U.K), Chipmunk, K’Naan (Somalia), and Corinne Bailey (U.K).

2. 2010 also saw Ghanaians in a rap cypher for the BET Hip-hop Awards: Reggie Rockstone, D-Black, Kwaku T, Lady G, Tinny, Edem and Sarkodie. Sarkodie would return unto another cypher in 2012 alongside hip-hop great Talib Kweli among others. That particular cypher is fondly remembered for Sarkodie’s “Irish cream”line.

3. Sarkodie is the first ever Ghanaian to receive the award. He won it jointly with Nigeria’s Wizkid in 2012. The two beat off competition from Iceprince (Nigeria), Camp Mulla (Kenya), Mokobe (Mali) and Lira (South Africa) to win the award.

4. Sarkodie is the Ghanaian with the most nominations in the Best International Act: Africa category –three; 2012, 2014 and 2015.

5. This is MzVee’s second nomination at any BET Awards. Last year, she was shortlisted for Best International Artist Viewers’ Choice Award, which she lost to Eddy Kenzo of Uganda. She also becomes the second dancehall act from Ghana to be nominated for Best International Act: Africa category.

6. MzVee, if she wins, will be the third Ghanaian to bag the award. So far , two Ghanaians have won it; Sarkodie (2012) and Stonebwoy Burniton (2015)

7. MzVee makes the sixth Ghanaian to secure a BET Best International Act: Africa nomination after Kojo Antwi (2010), D Black (2011), Sarkodie (2012), R2Bees (2013), and Stonebwoy (2015).

8. At 24, MzVee, born Vera Hamenoo-Kpeda,  is Ghana’s youngest representative at the BETs…also the first ever female artist. Since breaking off from girl band  D3 in 2012, her rise has been nothing short of meteoric. With two albums already under her belt, along with several awards, MzVee is obviously actualising quite gracefully.

9. Sarkodie revealed to Renada Roman of Sirius XM, a US- based radio show last year that his 2012 BET plaque had to be replaced because his name had been misspelled. So he sort of, has two BETs…

10. Both Sarkodie and Stonebwoy have performed to audiences at the BETs. In November 2015 for instance, Sarkodie thrilled patrons at the Grammy Museum. The video of the performance had since gone viral and has been seen over 35000 times on video sharing platform YouTube alone.


–Gabriel Myers Hansen (@myershansen on Twitter) / ENEWSGH


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