Africa’s crème de la crème in music gathered at the Eko Convention Centre of Eko Hotels and Suites for the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) last weekend, held in Lagos, Nigeria. Hosted by South African actress Pearl Thusi and DRC comedian Eddie Kadi, the sixth annual event saw a night of pure delight from electrifying performances by Nigeria’s Skibii and Joe Boy, to the celebration of Africa’s diverse culture present.
The award ceremony which aims to celebrate African music globally, selected nominees in 36 categories, which comprised the Continental category – celebrating music genres and forms- and Regional category that focuses on the artists’ outstanding achievements.
This year saw seven Kenyan acts nominated, among them Nyashinski, Olivia Ingasiani Ambani and Judy Stevens.
Kenyan Artists Shine
Nikita Kering made history as the first solo female to win both Best Female Artist Eastern Africa and Revelation of the African Continent awards, at only 17. Kering was over the moon and took to Instagram to celebrate with fans. “We did it!! Youngest ever AFRIMA nominee and now the winner of; Best female in Eastern Africa and Revelation of the African continent! Thank you so much to all that took their time to vote!” She wrote.
— #6thAFRIMA Winner (@Nikita_Kering) November 24, 2019
Revered rapper, Khaligraph Jones bagged Best Male Artist in Eastern Africa award for his chart-topping single, “Leave Me Alone”. Papa Jones edged out other entries, including Nyashinski and Wasafi artists; Diamond Platnumz, Rayvanny and Mbosso. Taking to his Instagram page, Khaligraph expressed appreciation for the award saying, “Another trophy to be added to the Cabinet, to All my Nigerian and West African brodas, Thank You for acknowledging and Respecting the OG, started with Afrimma and Now Afrima,#respecttheogs #mrinternational”.
Safe to say, Sauti Sol were among the biggest winners in AFRIMA’s Continental category, having scooped two awards. The boy band won both Album of the Year for “Afrikan Sauce” and Best African Duo, Group or Band for their “Extravaganza” stint featuring Sol generation. They beat worthy contenders among them Burna Boy’s “African Giant” and Sho Madjozi’s “Limpopo Champions League”. Kenyan rock was also not left behind as Rash Band scooped the Best African Rock award with their track, “Grave Robbers”.
Check out AFRIMA for the full list of winners.
— #6thAFRIMA (@AFRIMAWARDS) November 26, 2019