Queen B will be taking the reigns over from Trevor Noah as host of the sixth edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs)
….. Feels a bit UNREAL!! Thank you @MTVBaseAfrica for trusting ME!! Here we go…. 24 hours to prep!! 👑🐝 pic.twitter.com/Olknc1pKp1— Bonang B* Matheba (@bonang_m) October 21, 2016
A day before the awards ceremony is set to take place, Noah pulled out due to a severe upper respiratory and ear infection.
In a statement, the host of The Daily Show apologised to his fans, assuring them that he loves the awards show and his country.
“I love the Mama’s and more importantly I love performing in my country,” he said. “I’m so sorry if I’ve disappointed you but please know that I love performing more than anything in life and so having to cancel any show, breaks my heart,” Noah continued.
The awards are set to take place in a 2-hour telecast at the Dome in, Randburg, Johannesburg on Saturday, 22 October.
Fans took to Twitter when they heard the news:
Haters will always find Bonang’s greatness extremely difficult.
— Deanstinction (@UnDEANiable) October 21, 2016
I don’t think that it would be a good idea to “open up the industry” the day before the awards. Bonang is a pro, let her do what she does.
— real life gold (@MimiMvakali) October 21, 2016
I bought ticket for the mamas to see Trevor now they are replacing him with that biltong , WE ARE TIRED OF BONANG MATHEBA
— Mpho Mashaba (@Nizza_Mashaba) October 21, 2016
Bonang Matheba accepting MTV’s request to host #MAMAS at such short notice is a motivation itself. Someone would’ve said it’s too late ♥♥
— Kokwele M. Phillix (@Matome_Phillix) October 21, 2016
Bonang Matheba!!! Yall hate greatness shame..she who reigns supreme 👑🐝#MTVMAMA2016
— TheNameIsLaureleigh (@nicoleigh05) October 21, 2016