5 Things That Happened at the MTN’s Best of the Streets Prize Presentation Ceremony

The curtains closed on an unforgettable evening that saw the “MTN Best of the Street” competition reach its zenith with the meet + greet and prize presentation ceremony that took place at the MTN headquarters in Ikoyi, Lagos on Tuesday, 20th of February 2024.

The event was more than a mere celebration of talent; it was a display of raw energy, passion, and the undeniable spirit of the streets. The ceremony featured fascinating performances and industry icons gracing the stage, all in celebration of the vibrant culture of Nigeria’s music scene.

Here are five standout moments that made this ceremony an unforgettable experience.

The Ultimate Victory: A Life-Changing Prize Package

The climax of the evening was undoubtedly the decoration of the winner, David Ikiedhme ‘Speckinging’ who walked away with an astonishing total prize package of 50 million naira, which includes a whopping 10 million naira cash prize, a brand new car, an EP deal, and the opportunity to shoot a music video, his life is set to be transformed. This moment not only marked a personal triumph but also symbolized the power of talent and perseverance.

Mind-Blowing Performances by the Finalists

The ceremony pulsated with energy as ‘Speckinging’ (Winner) and Tosin (runner-up) took to the stage to showcase their skills. David and Tosin performed their singles, titled “Mango Tree” and “Thank You”, respectively and they both rendered a remix of D’banj’s “Mobolowon”.  Each performance captivated the audience and demonstrated the diverse talent emerging from the streets. It was a moment that bore witness to the raw creativity that thrives in Nigeria’s underground music scene.

Cameo appearance by industry icons

Amidst the excitement, the ceremony welcomed special guests whose presence added an extra layer of prestige to the event. Dbanj, a legend in the Nigerian music industry, graced the stage with his charisma and wisdom. MTN’s top executives were also present at the event. Earlier at the finale, the event welcomed other industry icons like Peruzzi, Small Doctor and MasterKraft. Their words of encouragement resonated with both the aspiring artists and the audience, reminding everyone of the importance of staying true to one’s passion.

Celebrating Diversity and Inclusivity

Beyond the glitz and glamour, the “MTN Best of the Streets” celebrates the diversity and inclusivity of Nigerian music. Artists from various backgrounds and genres can come together under one roof, united by their love for music to take their journey from the streets to the spotlight. This celebration of unity served as a powerful reminder of the transformative power of music in bridging divides and fostering community.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Talent

“MTN Best of the Street” is building a legacy of inspiration for aspiring artists across the country. The winner and the runners-up served as living proof that dreams can indeed come true with hard work, dedication, and unwavering belief in oneself. Their stories will continue to inspire the next generation of talent, fueling the ongoing evolution of Nigeria’s music scene.

The ceremony was a celebration of resilience, creativity, and the vibrant spirit of Nigerian music.  Looking onward, MTN Best of the Street is poised to continue to champion the voices of the streets, ensuring that Nigeria’s rich musical heritage continues to flourish for generations to come. Fans and audiences should expect a third edition.


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