A statement from Mr. Bruse Gillmer, Viacom International Media Network (Europe), organisers of the event, said Davido was the only nominee from Nigeria.
“Other African nominees to battle it out with Davido for supremacy in this keenly contested category include Goldfish (South Africa), Diamond (Tanzania) and Toofan (Togo),” it said.
According to the statement, this is the fifth year that MTV has included Best African Act category in the EMA.
Apart from Davido, previous winners are 2Face (2005), Freshly Ground (2006), D’Banj (2007 & 2012) and LCNVL (2013).
Also, for the first time, MTV is throwing open an EMA nomination to music fans via social media to nominate the fifth nominee in which Tiwa Savage (Nigeria) is included among those to be decided by fans.
This wild card Twitter vote is open until September 14, by which MTV EMA nominees will be announced and voting will open on September 16.
He also won Best African Act award at the MTV Africa Music Awards.
MTV EMA aims at building global celebration of the hottest stars in music – recognises artists from around the world and across genres.
It also brings together music fans everywhere for a one-of-a-kind experience in the weeks leading to and at the show.