South African singer Maya Christinah Xichavo Wegerif alias Sho Madjozi is the 2019 BET best new international act winner.
The singer beat five others including Nigeria’s Teni to bag the coveted award during the ceremony that was held at the Microsoft theater in downtown Los Angeles.
An elated Sho Madjozi who was also congratulated by rapper Cardi B took twitter to thank her fans.
This comes less than a year after her Swahili Gqom song Huku catapulted her to international fame.
The song which was directed to her exboyfriend talks about her troubled relationship with her undecided exboyfriend.
Madjozi who wowed East Africans with her mastery of the Swahili language was born to a South African mother and a Swedish Father and grew up in South Africa and Tanzania.
Other Africans who bagged awards include Nigeria’s Burna boy who won the Best International act beating notable artistes such as South African rapper AKA, fellow countrymate Mr Eazi and Malian –French singer Aya Namakura.
During the award ceremony, rapper Cardi B beat her arch enemy Nicki Minaj to bag the best hip hop artist award while late Eritrean -American rapper Nipsey Hussle won the best male hip hop artiste.
The artiste also won the Humanitarian of the year award with both awards being accepted by his girlfriend Lauren London.