Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305) at a media press conference announced the host and nominees for the 2019 Kids’ Choice Awards (KCAs) along with a first-time Nickelodeon KCA nomination live-stream event across Nickelodeon’s YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter handles and channels.
Alex Okosi Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) commented, "The Nickelodeon brand in Africa is all about empowering children on the continent and Nickelodeon KCA provides a platform for them to celebrate their favourite stars. Congratulations to all the nominees that are representing our continent at this global event which unites children with fun, slime and laughter."
The five effervescent stars that make up the South African nominees for the only live event where kids' votes count and the biggest stars of the day line up to get slimed include: Nomzamo Mbatha, AKA, Siya Kolisi, Kagiso Rabada and Somizi in the Favourite South African Star category and Adesua Etomi-Wellington, IK Osakioduwa (Nigeria), Sauti Sol (Kenya) and Stone Bwoy (Ghana) in the Favourite African Star category. Globally acclaimed musician Davido from Nigeria is the Africa nominee in the Favourite Global Music Star award featured amongst David Guetta and Taylor Swift.
Internationally recognised actress and activist, Nomzamo Mbatha, who attended the media announcement in Johannesburg said: "To be seen and voted for as one of the top 5 by the kids of South Africa, just melts my heart as it's a validation of what I do. The Nickelodeon KCA is all about fun and celebration, the biggest kids’ party in the world. It’s 'un-adulterated' fun, while honouring kids’ opinions, and taps into the kid in all of us."
Prominent Hip Hop artist and musician, AKA, who was at the press conference with his daughter said, "Everyone who knows me will tell you, I am a BIG kid at heart. 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."