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.
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— #TheGoldenHeart (@BebeCoolUG) November 24, 2018
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
Best Male Artist (East Africa)
Best Male Artist (South Africa)
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