This is the finest honour for Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, long famous as AKA, who was nominated for, and eventually won, the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in the United States
South Africa’s mysterious philanthropist Malcolm X, who knew him when he (AKA) was only a teen, recalls AKA’s determination to rap and just make it rapping; he recalls that fierce determination in AKA’s eyes that seems to say, I gotta make it whatever it takes.
Well, that determination has since paid off, as AKA is today one of the most celebrated rappers in South Africa, and much loved too. It was another fine win for AKA last weekend, as he bagged the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for which he was nominated.
The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards has nominations in several categories, including Favourite Global Music Star, Favourite African Star, Favourite South African Star, Favourite Music Group, Favourite Male Artist, Favourite Female Artist, Favourite Song, Favourite Breakout Artist, Favourite Collaboration and Favourite Social Music Star.
Others are: Favourite Funny TV Show, Favourite TV Drama, Favourite Reality Show, Favourite TV Host, Favourite TV Judges, Favourite Cartoon, Favourite Male TV Star, Favourite Female TV Star, Favourite Movie, Favourite Movie Actor.
AKA was nominated alongside Nomzamo Mbatha, Siya Kolisi, Kagiso Rabada, Somizi in the Favourite South African Star category, and he won, thus becoming the first South African rapper to win the award.
AKA’s triumph did not surprise many, least of all his fans who have watched him work his way to the top from the bottom. It was a triumph which brought to the fore, once again, the kid side of the “Fela in Versace” hitmaker, as he commented:
“Everyone who knows me will tell you, I am a big kid at heart,” AKA said. “So to get a nod from the kids is super special. It says the kids are listening and paying attention and that for me, as a dad, is a huge deal and an honour.”
He dedicated his award to his daughter Kairo, who couldn’t make it to the award ceremony as a result of visa issues. However, Kairo sent a “representative” – her doll – which AKA rocked on stage and even had sporadic conversations with.
He also dedicated the award to his fans and to his pal Kwesta whose wedding over the weekend he couldn’t attend because he needed to be at the award ceremony.
Specifically, AKA had addressed Kwesta thus: “I also want to dedicate this award to my brother Kwesta and his wife who got married this past weekend. I couldn’t attend because I had to be here in LA. God bless the Vilakazis and cheers to many happy years of more life”
After the fire of his roasting on Comedy Central’s Roast, it was just cool to win and on a global stage too.
The triumph is AKA’s. The triumph is Kairo’s. The triumph is South Africa’s. The triumph is Africa’s. It feels so good to win.
Congratulations AKA. Congratulations Kairo Forbes. May the wins continue.