South African artist AKA seems to be left out in the excitement over DJ Black Coffee’s latest achievement as the first South African artist to win a BET Award on Saturday in Los Angeles.
AKA whose real name is Kiernan Jarryd Forbes refused to join fellow countryman Black Coffee when all the other nominees for the categories were called on stage for a photo opportunity after the awards ceremony.
Though Nigerian artists Yemi Alade and Wizkid were also absent on stage for the photo shoot, organizers couldn’t help but question why AKA didn’t want to go on stage to celebrate with Black coffee.
His absence from the stage was followed by sudden disappearance after the ceremony, as the other nominees headed to press interviews. AKA was later was spotted in the JW Marriott Hotel lobby where he and TV personality girlfriend Bonang Matheba shared a room on the 14th floor.
AKA later revealed his mixed feelings regarding the Bet Award as he tweeted: “As long as a South African artist wins this award. That’s fine by me.
“Regardless of how much my people belittle me. I will still rock that SA flag with pride on stage tonight. Always and forever.”
His next tweet probably explains why he didn’t join Black Coffee on stage as he added: “Look Black Coffee and me don’t dig each other but I respect him and his art. I acknowledge him for the pioneer he is.”
Against all odds, on Saturday, Black Coffee, whose real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo smartly dressed in an emerald-green suit with black sneakers and accompanied by his wife Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa, went up the stage to thank his fans.
“For every kid in Africa that thinks they cannot stand here. In the words of Lupita Nyong’o every dream is valid,” he said.
The BET Award winning star has received congratulatory messages from dignitaries in South Africa including the president and Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula, who tweeted: “Congratulations for the win and thank you for hoisting our flag high.”
The award ceremony also saw Nigerian artist Falz being awarded the “viewers choice” award, beating local rapper Emtee in the race.