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Winners for All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) 2021

 

The biggest Music Awards in Africa, All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) 2021 ended on Sunday, November 21, 2021, after four days of scintillating and world- class production of events as Iba One, Wizkid, Nikita Kering, Fally Ipupa, Mahadzi, Blaq Diamond, koffi Olomide and other African music superstars within the continent and the Diaspora were recognized and celebrated for their creativity through music.

AFRIMA 2021 held from November 18- 21 at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria with live broadcast on 84 television stations in 109 countries.

The surprise of the night was Malian Singer, Iba One who emerged the top winner in five categories including ‘Best Male Artiste in Western Africa’, ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Artiste, Duo, or Group in African Pop’. He also won in the ‘Best Male Artiste in African Inspirational Music’ and ‘Songwriter of the Year’ categories.

Wizkid who was nominated in six categories followed closely, winning in the ‘Best African Collaboration’, ‘Song of the Year’, and ‘Artiste of the Year’ categories with his hit song, ‘Essence’ featuring Tems. Kenyan teenage singer, Nikita Kering bagged two awards in ‘Best Female Artiste in Eastern African’ and “Best Artiste, Duo, or Group in African RnB’ categories. AFRIMA 2021 youngest nominee, 13-year-old Shanah Manjeru from Kenya emerged as the winner in the ‘Best African Female Artiste in Inspirational Music’ category.

Winners in other categories of the award are ‘Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa’ (Dizzy Dros – Morocco),  ‘Best Female Artiste in Western Africa’ (Djelykaba Bintou – Guinea), ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Traditional’ (Yonas Maynas -Eritrea), ‘Breakout Artiste of The Year’ (Djelykaba Bintou-Guinea), ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Jazz’ (Hornsphere-Kenya), ‘Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa’ (Cleo Ice Queen-Zambia), ‘Best African Artiste, Rapper or Lyricist’ (Elow’n -Cote D’Ivoire), ‘Best African DJ’(Dj Sinyorita-Tanzania), ‘Best African Video’ (Steven Awuku-Guinea), ‘Best Female Artiste in Northern Africa’ (Manal-Morocco), ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Reggae, Ragga’ (Stonebwoy feat. Davido – Ghana), ‘African Fans Favourite’ (Fireboy DML-Nigeria), ‘Best Male Artiste in Central Africa’(Fally Ipupa feat. Dadju-Congo, Democratic Republic), and “Best African Artiste, Duo, Group or Band’ (Sauti Sol feat. Bensoul, Nviiri The storyteller -Kenya).

The well attended event had dignitaries from all walks of life including ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps from 18 countries, chief executive of corporations, African Union Commission officials, executives of music labels and recording companies as well musicians across the world.

Other winners according to the result presented by the global auditing firm, Pricewaterhousecoopers (PWC) are ‘Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa’ (Eddy Kenzo-Uganda), ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Rock’ (RASH-Kenya), ‘Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa’(Blaq Diamond -South Africa), ‘Best Global Act’ (Beyonce feat. Wizkid, Blue Ivy Carter & SAINt JHN-United States), ‘Best Female Artiste in Central Africa’-(Shan’L  feat. Fally Ipupa – Gabon), ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Contemporary’ (Majoos feat. Koffi Olomide-Congo, Democratic Republic), ‘Producer of the Year’ (Legendury Beatz-Nigeria), ‘Best Female African Act in Diaspora’ (Naomi Achu-Cameroon/United States), ‘Most Promising African Artiste’ (El Grande Toto feat. Damso-Morocco), ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Electro’ (Makhadzi feat. Mr Brown-South Africa), ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography’ (Flavour feat. Fally Ipupa & Diamond Platnumz-Nigeria), ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Hip Hop’ (Cheque feat. Fireboy DML-Nigeria), and ‘Best Male African Act in Diaspora’ (Rotimi-Nigeria/United States).

For her role in the movement to make Juneteenth a national holiday in commemoration of the June 19, 1865 announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general, Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom for slaves in Texas, African-American 95-year-old activist, Opal Lee was given a lifetime achievement award at AFRIMA 2021. The award was received by her granddaughter who came into Lagos from the United States. Congolese Soukus singer, dancer, producer, and composer, Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba, known professionally as Koffi Olomide received AFRIMA 2021 Legend Award.

The award ceremony which was preceded by red carpet was electrified by many artistes with performances from Shanah, Patoranking, Makhadzi, Ruger, Zuchu, Ladipoe, Olakira, Chike, Blaq Diamond, Platini P, Calema, Remy Adan, Nomcebo of the Jerusalema fame, Zoe Modiga, Sorais Ramos, D’Banj, Cavemen and Aramide who rendered a song in honour of the late Sound Sultan and other music super stars that died in the year under review and during COVID-19 pandemic.

The President and Executive Producer of AFRIMA, Mike Dada, said: “AFRIMA was created to tell a positive African story through music rather than complain and lament about the negative perception of the continent by others.”

Since 2014, AFRIMA in conjunction with the African Union Commission has been regarded as the ultimate celebration of African talent in the continent and the Diaspora.

S/N WINNER CATEGORY COUNTRY
1 SHAN’L BEST FEMALE ARTIST CENTRAL AFRICA GABON
2 FALLY IPUPA MALE ARTIST CENTRAL AFRICA DR CONGO
3 NIKITA KERING BEST FEMALE ARTIST IN EASTERN AFRICA KENYA
4 EDDY KENZO BEST MALE ARTISTE IN EASTERN AFRICA UGANDA
5 MANAL BEST FEMALE ARTISTE IN NORTHERN AFRICA MOROCCO
6 DIZZY DROS BEST MALE ARTISTE IN NORTHERN AFRICA MOROCCO
7 CLEO ICE QUEEN BEST FEMALE SOUTHERN AFRICA ZAMBIA
8 BLAQ DIAMOND BEST MALE SOUTHERN AFRICA SOUTH AFRICA
9 IBA ONE BEST MALE ARTISTE WESTERN AFRICA MALI
10 DJELYKABA BINTOU BEST FEMALE ARTISTE WESTERN AFRICA GUINEA
11 FIREBOY DML AFRICAN FAN’S FAVORITE NIGERIA
12 IBA ONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR MALI
13 WIZKID ARTISTE OF THE YEAR NIGERIA
14 NAOMI ACHU BEST AFRICAN ACT IN THE DIASPORA (FEMALE) CAMEROON & (USA)
15 ROTIMI BEST AFRICAN ACT IN THE DIASPORA (MALE) NIGERIA & (USA)
16 WIZKID, TEMS BEST AFRICAN COLLABORATION NIGERIA
17 DJ SINYORITA BEST AFRICAN DJ TANZANIA
18 SAUTI SOL BEST DUO, GROUP OR BAND KENYA
19 ELOW’N BEST AFRICAN RAPPER LYRICIST COTE D’IVOIRE
20 STEVEN AWUKU BEST AFRICAN VIDEO GUINEA
21 STONEBWOY BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN REGGAE, RAGGA & DANCEHALL GHANA
22 NIKITA KERING 

 

BEST ARTISTE, DUO, OR GROUP IN AFRICAN R & B SOUL KENYA
23 FLAVOUR BEST ARTIST OR DUO IN AFRICAN DANCE OR CHOREOGRAPHY NIGERIA
24 CHEQUE BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN HIP HOP NIGERIA
25 HORNSPHERE BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN JAZZ KENYA
26 RASH BAND BEST IN AFRICAN ROCK KENYA
27 YONAS MAYNAS BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN TRADITIONAL ERITREA
28 MAKHADZI BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN ELECTRO SOUTH AFRICA
29 MAJOOS BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN CONTEMPORARY DR CONGO
30 IBA ONE BEST ARTISTE, DUO, OR GROUP IN AFRICAN POP MALI
31 SHANAH MANJERU BEST AFRICAN FEMALE ARTISTE IN INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC KENYA
32 IBA ONE BEST AFRICAN MALE ARTISTE IN INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC MALI
33 DJELYKABA BINTOU BREAKOUT ARTISTE OF THE YEAR GUINEA
34 EL GRANDE TOTO MOST PROMISING AFRICAN ARTISTE MOROCCO
35 LEGENDARY BEATZ BEST PRODUCER OF THE YEAR NIGERIA
36 WIZKID, TEMS SONG OF THE YEAR NIGERIA
37 IBA ONE 

 

SONG WRITER OF THE YEAR MALI
38 KOFI OLOMIDE LEGEND AWARD DR CONGO
39 OPAL LEE LIFE-TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD USA
40 BEYONCE BEST GLOBAL ACT USA

 

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