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Afrima 2014: Nigeria took on the lion’s share

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The 2014 All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, brought together some of the best talents from the five regions of the continent to the 2014 main award ceremony held on Saturday, 27th December at the Grand Ballroom, Oriental Hotel, Lagos Nigeria.

Sizzling performances came from top African performing artistes such as 2Baba, Dear Zim from Zimbabwe; Wiyaala from Ghana; Radio and Weasel from Uganda; Bez, TemiDollface, Niyola, Timi Dakolo, Oritsefemi, Davido all from Nigeria among others.

Nigeria artists also took home the highest number of trophies, 13 in total, with O.B.O crooner, Davido, carting away four of the coveted 29.3 carat gold-plated AFRIMA trophies. 2Baba won the Best African R’n’B & Soul category endorsed by Channel O, while Afrobeat creator, late Fela Anikulapo Kuti received the AFRIMA Legend Award. The legend award was presented by the Head of Culture Division, Social Affairs Department, African Union Commission, Mrs. Angela Martins (who also represented the AUC Chairperson at the award ceremony) and received on Fela’s behalf by his first daughter, Yeni Kuti. Some presenters of awards for night include Rikki Stein, international adviser of AFRIMA (UK), Kenny Ogungbe (Nigeria), Delani Makhalima (Zimbabwe), Peter Mscheu (Tanzania), OJB Jezreel (Nigeria), Tee Mac (Nigeria), Ahmed Soultan (Morocco), Steve Ayorinde (Nigeria), Davina Green (Zimbabwe), Richmir Totah (Republic du Benin) among others.

2014 AFRIMA Winners List as below:

Regional Categories

Awards Winners Country Track
Best Female in Central Africa Laurette La Perle DR Congo Lembo La Mboka Ame
Best Male in Central Africa Fally Ipupa DR Congo Original
Best Female artist in East Africa Vanessa Mdee Tanzania Cover
Best Male in East Africa Diamond Platinumz Tanzania Number One
Best Female Artist in North Africa Noura Mint Seymale Mauritania Tzenni
Best Male Artist in North Africa Ahmed Soultan Morocco It’s Alright
Best Female in Southern Africa Cindy Munyavi Zimbabwe Parere Moyo
Best Male in Southern Africa Heavy K feat. Professor South Africa Beautiful War
Best Female artiste in West Africa Angelique Kidjo Benin Shango Wa
Best Male Artiste in West Africa Davido Nigeria Skelewu
Continental Categories
Album of the Year Olamide Nigeria Baddest Guy Ever Liveth
Song Writer of the Year Olawale Ashimi (Brymo) Nigeria Down
Best African Group/Duo/Band Paul and Peter Okoye (P-Square Nigeria Personally
Best African Collaboration D’Banj and Friends 19 countries in Africa Cocoa Na Chocolate
Most Promising Artist in Africa Wiyaala Ghana Rock My Body
Best African Contemporary Angelique Kidjo Benin Shango Wa
Best African Electro Mi Casa South Africa Jika
Best African Hip Hop Davido Nigeria Aiye
Best African Pop Elani Kenya Kookoo
Best Afriacn Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall Radio and Weasel Uganda Breath Away
Best RnB &Soul Brought To You By Channel O 2Face Nigeria Dance in the Rain
Best African Traditional Music Adjiboye and Yinka Ayanda Benin and Nigeria Inna and Ise
Best African Rock Dear Zim Zimbabwe Indiana
Best Female Artiste in Inspirational Music Nikki Laoye Nigeria Only You
Best Male Artiste in Inspirational Music Bro. Philemon feat. Morris Ghana It is Well
Best Video Bez (Kemi Adetiba) Nigeria Say
Revelation of the African Continent Wiyaala feat. Jupitar Ghana Rock My body
Song of the Year Davido Nigeria Aiye
Producer of the Year Don Jazzy and Robbie Malinga & Mojalefa Thebe Nigeria and South Africa Eminado and Impilo
Artiste of the Year Davido Nigeria
AFRIMA Legendary Award Fela Anikulapo Kuti Nigeria


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