Hauwa Ojeifo, a Nigerian mental health activist, has won the first-ever MTV EMA Generation Change Award.
The MTV EMAs 2018 took place at Bilbao Exhibition Centre on November 4, 2018 in Bilbao, Spain. .
This year’s show also awarded the first-ever “MTV EMA Generation Change Award” to elevate and empower the fearless, original young people who are changing the world. MTV awarded five change makers from around the globe, all under the age of 26, during the red carpet pre-show. The winners are among a generation of young people who are tackling the world’s toughest problems – including fighting for environmental protection, refugee rights, ending child marriage, mental health support and LGBTQ+ equality — through music, storytelling and digital media.
Nigeria’s 26-year-old Hauwa Ojeifo – a bold change maker who founded a movement of love, hope and support to give mental health a voice in her home country, Nigeria – was announced a joint winner of the first-ever “MTV EMA Generation Change Award”. This category was founded to elevate and empower the fearless, original young people who are changing the world. She jointly won together with four nominees including Xiuhtezcatl “X” Martinez (USA), Ellen Jones (UK), Mohamad Aljounde (Lebanon) and Sonita Alizadeh (Afghanistan).
The “2018 MTV EMAs” recognized artists from around the globe with Worldwide Act awards and Best Local Act awards for multiple regions including Germany, Spain, Japan and Africa. Contributing to the strong female winning streak at this year’s MTV EMAs, Tiwa Savage from Nigeria claimed the accolade of first solo female winner for the African Act category. She was nominated alongside talented African musicians; Davido (Nigeria), Distruction Boyz (South Africa), Fally Ipupa (DRC), Nyashinski (Kenya) and Shekhinah (South Africa) – who walked the red carpet and attended the awards in Bilbao.