|Own Africavision Song Contest 1|
|Semi-finals date||30 May 2020|
|Final date||10 June 2020|
|Venue||Stade Tata Raphaël, Kinshasa, DR Congo|
|Broadcaster||Radio-Télévision nationale congolaise|
|Debuting||All the participants|
|System||Each country awards 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs|
|Winner|| Burkina Faso|
|Own Africavision Song Contest|
Own Africavision Song Contest 1, often refered to as OAfSC #1, is the first edition of the Own Africavision Song Contest. The contest took place in Kinshasa, DR Congo. Organised by the Own African Union of Broadcasting and host broadcaster Radio-Télévision nationale congolaise, the contest was held at the Stade Tata Raphaël, and consisted of two semi-finals and the final. The three live shows were hosted by Jessy Matador. This is the first time the DR Congo hosted the contest.
Forty-two countries participated in the first edition. Gabon announced their debut and was supposed to participate with Nathalie and her song "I Won't Forget". However, as the song was released in 2009, it was disqualified by the council. Mali had originally confirmed their participation but had failed to submit a song before the deadline, while Mauritania decided to postpone their debut for a later edition. The participating countries competed in two semi-finals.
The winner was Burkina Faso with the song "Hme ye" by Hawa Boussim which scored 198 points, winning by a margin of 23 points in front of Uganda. The podium was rounded out with Liberia. DR Congo, the host nation, placed 24th.
Further information on the host country: DR Congo
Kinshasa, formerly Léopoldville, is the capital and largest city of the DR Congo. Once a site of fishing and trading villages, Kinshasa is now a megacity with an estimated population of more than 11 million. It faces Brazzaville, the capital of the neighbouring Republic of the Congo, which can be seen in the distance across the wide Congo River, making them the world's second-closest pair of capital cities after Rome and Vatican City. Kinshasa is Africa's third-largest urban area after Cairo and Lagos. It is also the world's largest Francophone urban area (surpassing Paris in population), with French being the language of government, schools, newspapers, public services, and high-end commerce in the city, while Lingala is used as a lingua franca in the street. The city's most notable claim to fame is the 1974 hosting of the iconic boxing match between undefeated George Foreman against Muhammad Ali, known coloquially as The Rumble In The Jungle.
Stade Tata Raphaël is a multi-purpose stadium in Kinshasa, DR Congo. Originally known as Stade Roi Baudouin (King Baudouin Stadium) when it was inaugurated in 1952 and Stade du 20 Mai (20 May Stadium) in 1967, it was used mostly for football matches. The stadium has a maximum capacity of 80,000 people. The stadium's most famous event was The Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman for the Undisputed WBC/WBA Heavyweight Championship that took place on October 30, 1974. 60,000 people attended the boxing match. The associated music festival, Zaire 74, that took place at the stadium six weeks prior to the boxing match, included such stars as James Brown and B.B. King.
Semi-final Allocation Draw
The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place on 27 April 2020. The draw decided in which half of the respective semi-finals each country would perform, with the exact running order determined by the producers of the show at a later date. Twenty-one countries participated in the first semi, and twenty in the second. From each semi-final, thirteen countries joined the host in the final, where a total of twenty-seven countries participated.
The forty-one semi-finalists were allocated into six pots, based on their geographical place and cultural similarities. Drawing from different pots helps in reducing the chance of so-called neighbour voting and increasing suspense in the semi-finals. Each time a country was drawn from the pot, its semi-final and half of the semi-final was determined.
The six pots were the following:
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3|
|Pot 4||Pot 5||Pot 6|
Twenty-one countries participated in the first semi-final. DR Congo also voted in this semi-final.
|04||Zambia||El Mukuka feat. Kayla Jacobs||"Bottle of Loneliness (Filatov & Karas Remix)"||9||68|
|05||Sudan||Gaidaa||"I Like Trouble"||14||48|
|06||Equatorial Guinea||Brigitte Emaga||"La clave"||19||13|
|07||Zimbabwe||YouNotUs & Kelvin Jones||"Seventeen"||4||94|
|08||Burkina Faso||Hawa Boussim||"Hme ye"||1||124|
|11||Eswatini||DJ Qness feat. Amanda Mo||"Amen"||18||23|
|12||Mauritius||Jane Constance||"À travers tes yeux"||5||94|
|13||Uganda||Sabina Ddumba||"I Cry"||2||113|
|14||Libya||Hassan El Shafei feat. Bahjat||"Galbek ween"||8||87|
|15||Angola||Rui Orlando & Matias Damásio||"Peço perdão"||21||3|
|16||Seychelles||Sandra feat. Richie B||"Sorti ale"||20||10|
|17||Ghana||Bree Runway||"All Night"||15||47|
|18||Senegal||Viviane Chidid||"Do dara"||17||32|
|19||Ivory Coast||Romy Rose||"Pyromane"||7||88|
|20||Kenya||Muthoni Drummer Queen||"Power"||12||61|
|21||Liberia||Isaac Dunbar||"Scorton's Creek"||6||93|
Twenty countries participated in the second semi-final. DR Congo also voted in this semi-final.
|02||Cape Verde||Jennifer Dias feat. Elji Beatzkilla||"Loco"||4||95|
|03||Ethiopia||Eden||"When It Comes to You"||13||47|
|05||São Tomé and Príncipe||Calema||"Dá-me dá-me"||19||24|
|06||Botswana||Amantle Brown||"Black Mampatile"||10||56|
|07||Nigeria||Tolani feat. Reekado Banks||"Ba mi lo"||14||47|
|08||South Africa||Yanga feat. Soweto Gospel Choir & Amanda Black||"Promised Land"||3||112|
|09||Republic of the Congo||Kolinga feat. Gaël Faye||"Kongo"||16||37|
|10||Rwanda||Rita Ange Kagaju||"Ntibikongere ukundi"||17||30|
|11||Tunisia||Nawel Ben Kraïem||"Neuf moi"||15||44|
|12||Mozambique||Mariza||"Quem me dera"||18||29|
|13||Central African Republic||Tenny feat. Maska||"Like a Maniac"||9||64|
|14||Sierra Leone||Patrice||"Burning Bridges"||2||119|
|16||South Sudan||Queen Zee||"Kabara"||6||80|
|17||Benin||Yemi Alade & Angelique Kidjo||"Shekere"||8||67|
|18||Namibia||Riana Nel||"Hou die hemel oop"||1||134|
|20||Cameroon||Rosy Swag||"Touch My Body"||20||22|
Twenty-seven countries participated in the final, with all 42 participating countries eligible to vote.
|01||Namibia||Riana Nel||"Hou die hemel oop"||8||122|
|02||Libya||Hassan El Shafei feat. Bahjat||"Galbek ween"||5||132|
|03||Ivory Coast||Romy Rose||"Pyromane"||7||124|
|04||Kenya||Muthoni Drummer Queen||"Power"||15||73|
|07||DR Congo||Gims||"Le prix à payer"||24||36|
|08||Benin||Yemi Alade & Angelique Kidjo||"Shekere"||22||50|
|09||Ethiopia||Eden||"When It Comes to You"||26||30|
|10||Zimbabwe||YouNotUs & Kelvin Jones||"Seventeen"||6||132|
|11||Zambia||El Mukuka feat. Kayla Jacobs||"Bottle of Loneliness (Filatov & Karas Remix)"||14||77|
|13||Liberia||Isaac Dunbar||"Scorton's Creek"||3||166|
|14||Cape Verde||Jennifer Dias feat. Elji Beatzkilla||"Loco"||13||91|
|16||Central African Republic||Tenny feat. Maska||"Like a Maniac"||20||54|
|17||Uganda||Sabina Ddumba||"I Cry"||2||175|
|18||Sierra Leone||Patrice||"Burning Bridges"||12||94|
|21||Burkina Faso||Hawa Boussim||"Hme ye"||1||198|
|22||Botswana||Amantle Brown||"Black Mampatile"||18||64|
|25||South Africa||Yanga feat. Soweto Gospel Choir & Amanda Black||"Promised Land"||16||72|
|26||South Sudan||Queen Zee||"Kabara"||21||54|
|27||Mauritius||Jane Constance||"À travers tes yeux"||9||113|
Eligibility for potential participation in the Own Americavision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active OAUB membership that would be able to broadcast the contest. As in every edition, an invitation to all the members has been sent in order to confirm whether they will participate or not.
- Gabon: Gabon announced their debut and was supposed to participate with Nathalie and her song "I Won't Forget". However, as the song was released in 2009, it was disqualified by the council. The broadcaster was not able to submit a new entry as the deadline already passed.
- Mali: Mali had originally confirmed their participation in the contest. However, the OAUB announced that the delegation had failed to submit a song before the deadline, thus being forced to withdraw.
- Mauritania: The broadcaster confirmed country's participation, however, the head of delegation decided to step down from his position. A debut in the next edition was not ruled out after a new head of delegation showed interest in taking over.