Celebrated Ghanaian rap artiste Sarkodie ‘Obidiponbidi’ last Sunday won the 2012 BET Award for Best International Act (Africa) at a ceremony held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Sarkodie made history as the very first Ghanaian to have won an award at the BET.
Though Kojo Antwi and D-Black had been nominated in previous BET awards, they could not win any award.
Sarkodie jointly won the enviable BET Best International Act (Africa) award with Nigeria’s Wizkid.
They beat other tough contenders including Ice Prince from Nigeria, Camp Mulla from Kenya, Mokobe from Mali and Lira from South Africa.
Sarkodie winning the award is a big deal for Ghana’s music industry and he has certainly made his home country proud.
Moments before Sarkodie grabbed the award, he sent a message to his fans through You Tube: “I want to talk to my fans now directly; If you are looking at me and you love Sarkodie this is from me to you.
Keep supporting me because I have my hustle on because of you guys.
Keep supporting me because I am here because of you guys. If I don’t have anybody supporting me, then I would not be here.
So I am here because of you guys and for myself and for Ghana. So keep supporting me and I’m never going to let you down.
I would keep recording songs for you and I am picking big moves so if you are a fan of Sarkodie be very proud because something big is about to happen”.
The award-winning artiste however expressed mixed feelings prior to winning the BET award last Sunday:
“I don’t think I have a word to describe what I’m feeling right now because I am representing Africa and Ghana to be precise.
And I have this heavy load on me because I have to prove to my fans and I have to make them proud. On social networks like facebook and twitter they keep hitting me up saying ‘Sarkodie you have to bring that one back home’ so I feel tense; I feel happy I feel emm, relaxed in a way so basically I feel it is a mixed emotions and a good feeling because it is a blessing to be here”.
Sarkodie, the Tema-based rapper, won artiste of the year at this year’s Ghana Music Awards (GMAs).
He won the same award in 2010, best rapper of the year award and most popular song of the year for ‘You Go Kill Me’, in which he featured EL of ‘Obuumo Ona’ fame.
In fact, the ‘You Go Kill Me’ beat and instrumentation was produced by EL.