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Nigeria’s Davido AFRIMA artist of the year, Bebe Cool best in East Africa

Lagos, Nigeria | AFP |  Nigeria’s Davido took home the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) trophy for artist of the year, leading a strong showing for the West African powerhouse famous for its roster of Afrobeats stars.

Musicians from across the continent came to the Accra International Conference Centre in Ghana’s capital on Saturday to walk the red carpet and celebrate a year of big hits.

Betty G from Ethiopia took home album of the year, while best African DJ went to Afrotronix, who has roots in Chad. Uganda’s Bebe Cool was best male artist from East Africa.

Nigerian rapper Falz took home the award for best African rapper after courting controversy this year when he released “This is Nigeria”, a cover of the Childish Gambino hit that skewered modern Nigeria.

“Akwaaba”, an infectious collaboration between GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa and Pappy Kojo won song of the year and best African collaboration.

Nigeria’s 2Baba won the award for best African pop, Ghana’s Stonebwoy for best reggae, and South Africa’s Sibusiso Mashiloane for best jazz.

Kuami Eugene, a Ghanaian crooner, was named the “most promising” artist in Africa.

AFRIMA has carved out a space as a platform to showcase the innovative and prolific African music industry that has exploded in the past decade.Full list of winners:

Artiste Of The Year

Davido – Nigeria (FIA)

Song Of The Year

GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa & Pappy Kojo – Akwaaba

Best African Collaboration

GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patappa & Pappy Kojo – Ghana (Akwaaba)

Best African Rapper or Lyricist

Falz – Nigeria (La Fete)

Best Female Artist Western Africa

Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

Best Reggae Dancehall Artist

Stonebwoy

Best Male Artist (East Africa)

**Bebe Cool

Best Male Artist (South Africa)

Nasty C

Album Of The Year

Betty G – Wegegta

Best Artist, Dup Or Group In African Contemporary

Kidi Ghana – Odo Remix ft Mayorkun & Davido

Best Artist, Duo Or Group In African Dance Or Choreography

Mr P – Ebeano

Best African DJ

Afrotronix – OyO

Best African Duo, Group Or Band

Toofan – Money

Best Artiste, Duo Or Group In African Hip Hop

M.anifest – Me Ne Woa ft King Promise

Best Artiste, Duo Or Group In African Pop

2Baba – Amaka ft Peruzzi

Best Artiste, Duo Or Group In African Ragga, Reggae & Dancehall

Stonebwoy – Hero

Best Artist, Duo Or Group In African R ‘N’ B & Soul

Praiz – Champagne and Flowers

Best Artist, Duo Or Group In African Traditional

Irene Namatovu – Nsambila Nyuma Nga Janzi

Best Female Artist In African Inspirational Music

Sandra Nankoma – Kaddugala

Best Male Artist In African Inspirational Music

Sarkodie – Glory ft Yung

Most Promising Artist In Africa

Kuami Eugene – Confusion

Producer Of The Year

Fresh VDM – FIA

African Fans Favourite

Nedy Music – Tanzania – One and Only ft. Ruby

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