Mzansi welcomed Sjava back on Wednesday at OR Tambo International Airport, after his BET Award win on Sunday in Los Angeles. He scooped the BET’s Viewer’s Choice Best International Act award, making him the first South African hip-hop artist to bag the international prize.
Sjava was nominated alongside Niniola (Nigeria), NOT3S (UK), Kwesi Arthur (Ghana), SIK-K (S.Korea), Prince Waly (France), Nailah Blackman (The Caribbean), MC Soffia (Brazil), Take A MIC (France) and IAMDDB (UK).
The Ngempela hitmaker made Mzansi even more proud when he walked to the stage bare feet, dressed in his traditional Zulu regalia. He thanked his family, friend and all his fans for support they have given him throughout his music career. Sjava expressed his gratitude: “To all my team for the incredible support you have provided me, to my fans who listen to my music and all the DJs who play my music, I really appreciate it. Siyabonga.”
He said he wanted to honour his mother, mam Thandi Nkabinde for always saying a prayer for him.
In a moving speech, Sjava urged young people to be proud of who they are. He also took guests back to some of his traditional gear he wore at the awards ceremonies that which he sometimes got mocked for.