Focalistic Bags BET Nod for Best International Act, SA Reactions Mixed: “Africa Is One Big Country”

Focalistic Bags BET Nod for Best International Act, SA Reactions Mixed: “Africa Is One Big Country”

  • Amapiano sensation, Focalistic just bagged a nomination at the 2024 BET Awards
  • President Ya Straata is sitting pretty with other African stars in the Best International Act category
  • Mzansi showed love to Foca, while some netizens raised some questions about the awards

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Focalistic is nominated at the BET Awards
Focalistic bagged a BET nomination for Best International Act. Images: focalistic
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Our fave, Focalistic, has been nominated for the upcoming BET Awards. The Amapiano sensation was recognised in the Best International Act category along with Tyla and Ayra Starr.

Focalistic bags BET nomination

Ahead of the BET Awards taking place on 30 June 2024, the organisers have officially announced the nominees for the prestigious ceremony.

In a long list of artists from all around the world, with Drake leading the pack with seven nominations, South African superstar, Focalistic managed to bag a nod alongside some big names.

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This after AKA was posthumously honoured at the award ceremony with the Global Visionary Award.

Indeed, Foca "ke star", as the former rapper's name was revealed in the Best International Act category alongside stars like Tyla and Ayra Starr.

Though the category recognised several artists from different parts of the world, it's good to note that Africa dominated with four out of 10 nominees, where Asake also bagged a nod.

Mzansi reacts to Focalistic's nomination

South Africans are puzzled as to why the BETs grouped the African artists without naming their countries as they did with the other musicians from the UK, France, and Brazil.

Both Ayra Star and Asake are from Nigeria, while Focalistic and Tyla represented South Africa, but they were all grouped as Africans:

Thabangwrldwide cheered Foca on:

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"Pitori to the world!"

_butilebo asked:

"Why would they say Africa, but the others they write actual countries?"

Zaddy_Swag was convinced:

"So, is it accurate to say that there's a widespread misconception in America that Africa is a single country?

Yandii__ said:

"Africa must be one big country. We are the wrong ones."

Makhadzi bags BET Awards nomination

In an earlier report, Briefly News shared online reactions to Makhadzi bagging a nomination at the upcoming BET Awards.

The Limpopo superstar made Mzansi proud, and fans couldn't help but sing her praises for flying the flag high.

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Moroba Moroeng (Entertainment editor) Moroba Moroeng is an entertainment writer at Briefly News and a University of Johannesburg alumni (Public Relations and Communications, 2018). She was the content manager and, later, editor for HipHop Africa, where she honed her proofreading, leadership, and content management skills. Having begun her career as a content writer for Slikour OnLife, Moroba has over four years of experience as a writer specialising in music journalism and entertainment. She joined Briefly News in 2023 and passed a set of training courses by the Google News Initiative. Email:

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