|Own Africavision Song Contest 5|
|Semi-finals date||6 March 2021|
|Final date||28 March 2021|
|Venue||Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Presenter(s)||Lesley-Ann Brandt & Troye Sivan|
|Broadcaster||South African Broadcasting Corporation|
|Returning|| Benin |
Republic of the Congo
|Withdrawing|| Djibouti |
|System||Each country awards 12, 10, 8-1 points to their 10 favourite songs|
|Winner|| Mauritius |
|Own Africavision Song Contest|
Own Africavision Song Contest 5, often referred to as OAfSC #5, is the 5th edition of Own Africavision Song Contest. The contest took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, following Monarks's win in the 4th edition with the song "Soldier". It was the first time South Africa had hosted the contest. Organised by the Own African Union of Broadcasting and host broadcaster South African Broadcasting Corporation, the contest was held at the Ticketpro Dome, and consisted of two semi-finals and the final. The three live shows were hosted by Lesley-Ann Brandt & Troye Sivan.
A total of forty-five countries participated in the contest. Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Liberia, Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Uganda returned to the competition, while Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritania and Tanzania withdrew for various reasons.
The winner was Mauritius with the song "Sweat" performed by DJ Assad and Laurell. Senegal and Ghana completed the podium, while Tunisia, Cape Verde and DR Congo rounded out the top six. The host nation, South Africa placed 13th.
Further information on the host country: South Africa
Johannesburg informally known as Jozi, Joburg, or "The City of Gold", is the largest city in South Africa, classified as a megacity, and is one of the 50 largest urban areas in the world. It is the provincial capital and largest city of Gauteng, which is the wealthiest province in South Africa. Johannesburg is the seat of the Constitutional Court, the highest court in South Africa. Most of the major South African companies and banks have their head offices in Johannesburg. The city is located in the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills and is the centre of large-scale gold and diamond trade. It was one of the host cities of the official tournament of the 2010 FIFA World Cup- and it hosted the final.
The metropolis is an alpha global city as listed by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. In 2019, the population of the city of Johannesburg was 5,635,127, making it the most populous city in South Africa. In the same year, the population of Johannesburg's urban agglomeration was put at 8,000,000. land area of the municipal city (1,645 km2) is large in comparison with those of other major cities, resulting in a moderate population density of 2,364 per square kilometre.
The city was established in 1886 following the discovery of gold on what had been a farm. Due to the extremely large gold deposit found along the Witwatersrand, within ten years, the population had grown to 100,000 inhabitants.
Ticketpro Dome (originally known as the MTN Sundome) is an event venue located in Johannesburg, South Africa. The seating capacity is approximately 20,000 and covers about 11,000 square metres. The Dome opened on 8 April 1998 with a concert by Diana Ross in front of a 15,000 strong audience. Nelson Mandela made a surprise appearance on stage during the official opening. The venue is tied for the largest dome in Africa by capacity.
Semi-final Allocation Draw
The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place on 7 February 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 countries participated in both the first semi-final, and the second semi-final. From each semi-final, ten countries joined the host and the rest of the big 6 in the final, where a total of twenty-six countries participated.
The forty 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|
|01||Equatorial Guinea||Ary Luck||"Marihuana"||16||42|
|03||Eritrea||Lautre & Yoni||"No Other Way"||13||59|
|04||Senegal||Awa feat. JB Scofield||"Feelings (Punctual Remix)"||1||143|
|06||Zambia||Caitlin De Ville||"Untamed"||9||72|
|07||Eswatini||Rowlene & Manana||"Sunday Morning"||17||30|
|08||Republic of the Congo||Blenda||"Payday"||8||77|
|09||Egypt||Carmen Soliman||"Leena ra2sa"||5||89|
|10||Central African Republic||Boddhi Satva feat. Zee||"Fade Away"||14||51|
|12||Comoros||Cheikh Mc feat. Samra||"Djibuwe"||18||28|
|14||Liberia||Val Fleury||"Rain Dancing"||11||66|
|15||Réunion||Tess||"Take You with Me"||6||85|
|16||Nigeria||Harber & Nisha||"Pieces"||2||117|
|17||Namibia||Juanita Du Plessis||"Dis tyd"||12||64|
|18||Cape Verde||Jennifer Dias, Sureno Beatzz & Supa Squad||"Boom"||4||111|
|01||Guinea-Bissau||Mandas feat. Karyna Gomes||"Human"||18||27|
|03||Gambia||Mary N'diaye & Rigo Fuego||"Shout"||4||113|
|06||Mozambique||Scratch||"Va fambi vamussiya"||20||24|
|08||São Tomé and Príncipe||Flavia||"Uma noite"||17||31|
|09||Mauritius||DJ Assad & Laurell||"Sweat"||1||140|
|10||Benin||Sessimè feat. Omawumi||"Diyo"||15||47|
|11||Botswana||Acses feat. Sizzur||"There for You"||5||94|
|12||Ivory Coast||Tracy De Sá feat. KT Gorique||"Wall's Profound"||6||93|
|13||Ethiopia||Mekdes||"In Favor of You"||14||47|
|16||Angola||Pérola||"Pérola 1 M"||10||61|
|19||Algeria||Djouher||"Out of Love"||11||56|
|20||Sierra Leone||Bai Kamara Jr.||"Can't Wait Here Too Long"||19||25|
Twenty-six countries participated in the final, with all 46 participating countries eligible to vote.
|03||Egypt||Carmen Soliman||"Leena ra2sa"||16||93|
|04||Gambia||Mary N'diaye & Rigo Fuego||"Shout"||8||123|
|05||South Sudan||Emanali||"Out My Head"||26||6|
|07||Burkina Faso||Aminata||"Šis ir mans laiks"||23||66|
|09||Réunion||Tess||"Take You with Me"||21||81|
|10||Zambia||Caitlin De Ville||"Untamed"||17||92|
|11||Senegal||Awa feat. JB Scofield||"Feelings (Punctual Remix)"||2||179|
|13||Mali||Haska & Salif Keita||"Madan"||7||125|
|15||Ivory Coast||Tracy De Sá feat. KT Gorique||"Wall's Profound"||11||108|
|16||Mauritius||DJ Assad & Laurell||"Sweat"||1||201|
|17||Nigeria||Harber & Nisha||"Pieces"||22||73|
|18||Cape Verde||Jennifer Dias, Sureno Beatzz & Supa Squad||"Boom"||5||148|
|19||Republic of the Congo||Blenda||"Payday"||15||94|
|22||Botswana||Acses feat. Sizzur||"There for You"||20||81|
|24||South Africa||Sho Madjozi||"Huku"||13||96|
|26||Angola||Pérola||"Pérola 1 M"||19||82|
Eligibility for potential participation in the Own Africavision 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.
- Djibouti: The broadcaster announced that the Head of Delegation had resigned and therefore the country would be withdrawing.
- Gabon: The broadcaster didn't respond to the invitation that had been sent by the OAUB.
- Guinea: The broadcaster didn't respond to the invitation that had been sent by the OAUB.
- Lesotho: The broadcaster announced privately to the Head of the OAUB that they would be resigning, and the broadcaster didn't take up a new Head of Delegation.
- Malawi: The broadcaster announced that the Head of Delegation had resigned and therefore the country would not be present.
- Mauritania: The broadcaster announced that the Head of Delegation had resigned and therefore the country would be absent.
- Niger: The broadcaster didn't respond to the invitation that had been sent by the OAUB.
- Sudan: Despite the high expectations surrounding their return after last edition's statement, the broadcaster announced that the Head of Delegation had resigned and therefore the country could not be present.
- Tanzania: The broadcaster announced that the country is taking a one-edition break.
- Western Sahara: The broadcaster didn't respond to the invitation that had been sent by the OAUB.