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CHOAMVA14………..And the Winners are….



Africa’s biggest night in music, the 2014 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards, was once more a massive celebration of the crème de la crème of the music industry.

East and Southern Africa reigned supreme in the form of Tanzania’s Diamond and South Africa’s Cassper Nyovest and who scooped the most awards on the night.

Bongo Flava recording artist Diamond Platnumz proved that he too is a force to be reckoned with when he took home the Most Gifted Newcomer, Most Gifted Afro Pop as well as Most Gifted East awards for his breakout hit “Number One”. Cassper – who has been on a winning streak this year and most recently celebrated his debut album Tsholofelo going Gold – his catchy club banger “Doc Shebeleza” earned him a win in the Most Gifted Male, Most Gifted Southern and the biggest award of the night the Jameson Most Gifted Video of the Year categories. Beating the likes of DJ Clock, Tiwa Savage, K.O, Riky Rick, Burna Boy, Emmy Gee including the Prince of Hip Hop himself A.K.A who were also nominated in the latter category.

Up against Nigeria’s Seyi Shay. Mozambique’s Liza james, SA’s Thembi Seete and Bucie, “Eminado” featuring one of the continent’s well-respected producers Don Jazzy garnered a win for Tiwa Savage in the Most Gifted Female category. KCEE won the Most Gifted Duo, Group or Featuring award for his song “Pull Over” which features one of Nigeria’s best selling artists Wizkid, beating K.O, who undoubtedly has had one of the biggest songs of the year. The awards for the equally competitive categories Most Gifted Kwaito and Most Gifted Hip Hop went to Uhuru featuring Oskido and Professor for “Y-Tjukutja” and A.KA for “Congratulate” beating Khuli Chana and Cassper Nyovest respectively. Other winners included Busiswa (Most Gifted Dance – “Ngoku”), Buffalo Souljah (Most Gifted Ragga/Dancehall– “Turn Up”), Donald (Most Gifted R&B – “Crazy But Amazing”) and Olamide (Most Gifted West – “Turn Up”).


The only award not determined by public votes, the coveted Special Recognition Award went to South African hitmakers, Boom Shaka. Channel O paid homage with an honorary performance to the pioneering group that dared to be different and ultimately shaped the Kwaito genre in the ‘90s. Bucie and Busiswa took to the stage and joined remaining group members Junior Sokhela, Theo Nhlengethwa and Thembi Seete and paid tribute to fallen band member Lebo Mathosa with an emotional rendition of the group’s song “Free”, concluding with a spectacular trip down memory lane with the mega hits “Thobela” and “It’s About Time”.

In true Channel O Africa Music Video Awards style, the night was dominated by never-seen-before collaborations and mash-ups. K.O and A.K.A had the crowd in a frenzy when they opened the show with their hit songs “Caracara” and “Run Jozi”. Other mind blowing performances included “Tsekede” and “Yaya” by Dreamteam and DJ Dimplez featuring Anatii respectively; Patoranking featuring Tiwa Savage (“Girlie ‘O” remix); Bucie (“Easy to Love”); Donald (“Unpredictable”); Davido (“Aye”); Lil Kesh (“Shoki” remix); Riky Rick (“Amantombazane” remix); Cassper Nyovest (“Doc Shebeleza”) and Emmy’s Gee’s Rands and Nairas remix.

“Events like the Channel O Africa Music Video Awards happen once a year, but the artists are constantly at work perfecting their craft. Having the privilege to witness that hard work in one night and on one stage is an incredible feeling. Channel O has always provided musicians with a platform to showcase their talent and tonight was no exception.  As Africans we have come a long way and I would like to thank those individuals who make a valuable contribution towards making the African music industry a masterpiece that we can all be proud of,” says Channel O Africa Manager Leslie Kasumba.

In their 11th year running and hosted by Eku Edewor of Africa Magic’s Jara and Vuzu’s Siyabonga Ngwekazi the 2014 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards were broadcast LIVE from the sold out mammoth Expo Centre,

Nasrec, Johannesburg.

If you missed it, check out the show repeats on Channel O, DStv channel 320 on:

Monday, 1 Dec at 20:00 CAT

Friday, 5 December at 14:00 CAT

Tuesday, 30 Dec at 10:00 CAT

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Faouzia, Davido, Burna Boy, Ans-T Crazy, Wizkid, Marwan Moussa, Makahazi, Didi B,Others Shine At 8th Edition In Senegal



IT was a breathtaking experience, Sunday night, at the 15-000 capacity Dakar Arena, in Dakar, Senegal, as superstars across the continent clinched trophies at the 8th edition of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), aka ‘The Teranga Edition’.
Broadcast live to over 84 countries around the world, the 8th AFRIMA in Senegal saw superstars like the Nigerian maverick Davido, clinch 3 awards in one night as he emerged winner of the “Best African Collaboration”, “Best Duo or Group in African Electro”, and “Best Male Artiste in African Inspirational Music” categories, respectively.
Other continental champions such as Egyptian rapper Marwan Moussa followed closely, clinching two awards for “Best African Rapper/Lyricist,” as well as “Best Duo or Group in African Hip Hop” categories, respectively.
Importantly, in the non-voting category, the International Executive Committee bestowed the “Legend Award” for the 8th AFRIMA to three iconic Senegalese veterans including Youssou N’dour, Baaba Maal, and Ismail Lo.
All the winners across all the remaining 39 categories for the 8th AFRIMA in Senegal were decided by popular votes from music lovers. The voting period for the 8th AFRIMA began on September 25, 2022 and ended on Friday January 13, 2023. The voting procedure and results were reviewed and collated by an international auditor of great repute, Pricewaterhousecoopers (PwC) – auditors of the Oscars.

Find the full list of winners for the 8th AFRIMA below:


Best Male Artiste in Western Africa
Black Sherif Kwaku the Traveller Ghana
Burna Boy Last Last Nigeria
Didi B Tala Cote d’Ivoire
Fireboy DML Ft. Ed Sheeran Peru (Remix) Nigeria
Kizz Daniel Buga Nigeria
Rema Calm Down Nigeria
Serge Beynaud C’est Dose Cote d’Ivoire
Sidiki Diabate Diarabi Nene Bena Mali
Wally B. Seck Ft. Viviane Reugine Tass Senegal
Wizkid (Winner) Anoti Nigeria


Best Female Artiste in Western Africa
Asa Ocean Nigeria
Gyakie Something Ghana
Josey Ft. Bonigo (Winner) Zambeleman Cote d’Ivoire
Manamba Kante Bhouloun Djouri Guinea
Oumou Sangare Wassulu Don Mali
Simi Woman Nigeria
Soraia Ramos BKBN Cape Verde
Tems Crazy Tings Nigeria
Tiwa Savage Ft. Brandy Somebody’s Son Nigeria
Viviane CHIDID Ft. Bass Thioung Sweet Game Senegal




Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa
A-Reece Couldn’t Have Said It Better, Pt.3 South Africa
Blxckie feat A-Reece Sneaky South Africa
DJ Tarico Ft. DJ Consequence, Nelson Tivane & Preck Number One Mozambique
Gemini Major Ft. Ayra Starr Ooh Lala Malawi
Focalistic X Madumane and Mellow & Sleazy feat. DJ Maphorisa 16 Days No Sleep South Africa
Kabza De Small Ft. DJ Maphorisa Abalele South Africa
Musketeers Ft. Azmo Danko feat. Azmo Namibia
Master KG x Wanitwa Mos Ft. Nkosazana Daughter, Basetsana, Obeey Amor Dali Nguwe South Africa
Winky D (Winner) Happy Again Zimbabwe
Zakes Bantwini Ft. Kasango Osama South Africa


Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa
DJ Yessonia Ft. Boohle Ngifuna Wena Namibia
DJ Zinhle Ft. Black Motion, Kabza De Small & Nokwazi Siyabonga South Africa
Kamo Mphela Ghost South Africa
Makhadzi (Winner) Mama South Africa
Nadia Nakai Ft. Lucasraps Not The Same South Africa
Nomfundo Moh Ft. ShaSha & Ami Faku Phakade Lami South Africa
ShaSha Ft. Kamo Mphela & Felo Le Tee iPiano Zimbabwe
Simmy We Were Here South Africa
Tamy Moyo Sare Zimbabwe
Uncle Waffles & Tony Duardo Ft. Sino Msolo & Boibizza Tanzania South Africa

Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa
A.L.A (Winner) 30 Tunisia
Ali Loka Matkhafesh Yamma Egypt
Ahmed Saad Ft. 3enba & Double Zuksh AlMoulouk Egypt
DJ Snake Disco Maghreb Algeria
Draganov Chichi Morocco
El Grande Toto Salade Coco Morocco
Marwan Moussa Batal 3alam Egypt
Snor Kasseta Morocco
Soolking Suavemente Algeria
Wegz Albakht Egypt

Best Female Artiste in Northern Africa
Faouzia (Winner) RIP Love Morocco
Jaylann Oui Oui Morocco
Kenza Morsli Ft. DJ Adel Moustahil Algeria
Lyna Mahyem Mal De Toi Algeria
Manal Makhelaw Magalou Morocco
Marwa Loud & Moha K Ghir Ntiya Morocco
Ruby Namet Nenna Egypt
Rym Stylo Warqa Morocco


Best Male Artiste in Central Africa
C4 Pedro Posa Angola
Dadju Ambassadeur DRC
Fally Ipupa (Winner) Bloqué DRC
Innoss’B Mortel-06 DRC
Gaz Mawete 500 DRC
Matias Damasio Como Antes Angola
Ninho Jefe DRC
Roga Roga & Extra Musica Bokoko DRC
Tayc Dodo Cameroon
Tenor Ft. Innoss’B Mami Wata Cameroon

Best Female Artiste in Central Africa
Asaba Mon Bebe Cameroon
Blanche Bailly Ft. Joeboy Mine Cameroon
Emma’a Encré Gabon
Espoir La Tigresse Abiane Gabon
Pérola Sincera Angola
Vernyuy Tina (Winner) Ndani Ya Cameroon
Zara Williams Ft. C4 Pedro Posa DRC








Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa
Addis Legesse Enja Ethiopia
Bien (& Aaron Rimbui) Bald Men Anthem Kenya
Diamond Platnumz Ft. Zuchu Mtasubiri Tanzania
Eddy Kenzo Songa Uganda
Kassmasse (Winner) Sewasew Ethiopia
King Saha Zakayo Uganda
Marioo Ft. Jovial Mi Amor Tanzania
Mbosso Ft. Costa Titch & Phantom Steeze Moyo Tanzania
Nyashinski Ft. Femi One Properly Kenya
Rayvanny Ft. Vjollca Pele Pele Tanzania

Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa
Betty G Addis Semay Ethiopia
Frida Amani Fala Mimi Tanzania
Hewan Gebrewold Shemuna Ethiopia
Muthaka (Winner) Sorry Kenya
Nandy Siwezi Tanzania
Nikita Kering Last Name Kenya
Rosa Ree Watatubu Tanzania
Spice Diana Ft. DJ Seven Tujuoge Uganda
Tanasha Donna Maradonna Kenya
Zuchu Ft. Bontle Smith & Tyler Kitu Tanzania



Song of the year
Black Sherif Kwaku The Traveller Ghana
Burna Boy Last Last Nigeria
Costa Titch feat. Banaba Des, Alfa Kat, Man T, Sdida, C’Buda M Big Flexa South Africa
Dadju Ambassaduer DRC
Didi B (Winner) Tala Cote d’Ivoire
DJ Snake Disco Maghreb Algeria
Fireboy DML feat. Ed Sheeran Peru (Remix) NIgeria
Kizz Daniel feat. Tekno Buga Nigeria
Marioo feat. Jovial Mi Amor Tanzania
Rema Calm Down Nigeria
Soolking Suavemente Algeria
Wegz Elbakht Egypt


Album of the year
Brymo 9: Esan Nigeria
Burna Boy (Winner) Love Damini Nigeria
Dadju Cullilan DRC
Diamond Platnumz First of All Tanzania
Didi B History Cote d’Ivoire
Kabza De Small KOA II South Africa
Nomfundo Moh Amagama South Africa
Oumou Sangare Timbuktu Mali
Soolking Sans Visa Algeria
Rema Raves & Roses Nigeria


Producer of the year
C4 Pedro Posa C4 Pedro Angola
CKay & BMH Emiliana by CKay Nigeria
Kimambobeats Mi Amor by Marioo feat. Jovial Tanzania
Nyadjiko & Dadju Ambassaduer by Dadju DRC
Rahal Elbakht by Wegz Egypt
Reward Beats Buga by Kizz Daniel feat. Tekno Nigeria
Sdida & Man T Big Flexa by Costa Titch South Africa
Serge Beynaud C’est Dose by Serge Beynaud Cote d’Ivoire
Shizzi (Winner) Peru (Remix) by Fireboy DML Nigeria
Stan-E Kibulu & William Grigahcine Disco Magrehb by DJ Snake Algeria

Artist of the Year
Burna Boy (Winner) Last Last Nigeria
CKay Emiliana Nigeria
Dadju Ambassaduer DRC
Diamond Platnumz feat. Zuchu Mtasubiri Tanzania
Fireboy DML feat. Ed Sheeran Peru (Remix) Nigeria
Kabza De Small feat. DJ Maphorisa, Ami Faku Asibe Happy South Africa
Manal Makhelaw Magalou Morroco
Tiwa Savage feat. Brandy Somebody’s Son Nigeria
Wegz Elbakht Egypt
Zakes Batwini feat. Kasango Osama South Africa








Songwriter of the Year
Bridget Blue & Jibiril Blessing Woman by Bridget Blue Kenya
Daniel Baron How To Feel by Daniel Baron South Africa
Iba One (Winner) Hommage a mes parents Mali
Lloyiso Mandlovandile Gigana, Luke Goliath Seasons by Lloyiso South Africa
Martin Obudho, Muthaka Sorry Kenya
Matias Damasio Como Antes Angola
Mordecai ‘Dex’ Mwini Reason by Wanavokali Ft. H_art the Band Kenya
Olawale Olofo’ro Fura Sára by Brymo Nigeria
Rokia Kone, Garret Lee Kurunba Mali
Sidy Diop Ngalam Senegal

Breakout Artist of the Year
Asake (Winner) Peace Be Unto You (PBUY) Nigeria
Camidoh Sugarcane (Remix) feat. Darkoo, King Promise, Mayorkun Ghana
Costa Titch Ma Gang feat Champuru Makhenzo, Phantom Steeze, ManT, Sdida & C’BUDA M South Africa
Daliwonga Abo Mvelo feat. Mellow And Sleazy & M.J South Africa
El Grande Toto Salade Coco Morroco
Fior 2 Bior Godo Godo Cote d’Ivoire
Hewan Gebrewold Shemuna Ethiopia
Marwan Moussa (Winner) Batal 3alam Egypt
Nomfundo Moh Phakade Lami feat. ShaSha & Ami Faku South Africa
Pheelz Finesse feat. BNXN Nigeria


Most Promising Artist
Ans-T Crazy (Winner) 10 Na ifari feat. Ibro Gnamet Guinea
Dafencii King Alhalaba Sudan
Fave Baby Riddim Nigeria
Frida Amani Fala Mimi Tanzania
Jeeba Lamou Saff Senegal
Khanyisa Bheka Mina Ngedwa feat Tsiki XII, Marcus MC and Lady Du South Africa
Kikimoteleba Tigini feat. Franglish Cote d’Ivoire
Lloyiso Speak South Africa
Magixx Love Don’t Cost A Dime feat. Ayra Starr Nigeria
Zara Williams Posa feat. C4 Pedro DRC


African Fans Favourite
Bello Falcao Dibango Dibanga Cote d’Ivoire
Ch’cco, Mellow, Sleazy Nkao Tempela South Africa
Goya Menor & Nektunez Ameno Amapiano Ghana & Nigeria
Joeboy Sip (Alchohol) Nigeria
Lojay X Sarz feat. Chris Brown Monalisa (Remix) Nigeria
Mavins; Ayra Starr, Boy Spyce, Crayon, LADIPOE, Magixx Overloading (Overdoes) Nigeria
Oxlade (Winner) Ku Lo Sa Nigeria
The Therapist Nack Serria Leone
Young John Dada Nigeria
Young Stunna feat. Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa Adiwele South Africa






Best African DJ
DJ Lito (Winner) Tick Talk feat. Bebe Cool, Sheilah Gashumba, SlickStuartRoja Uganda
DJ P2N Likolo (Remix) feat. Tenor, DJ Amaroula DRC
DJ Sly King Ngama Bono Ghana
DJ Snake Disco Maghreb Algeria
DJ Tarico Ft. DJ Consequence Number One feat. Nelson Tivane, Preck Mozambique & Nigeria
DJ Yessonia Ngifuna Wena feat. Boohle Namibia
DJ Zinhle Siyabonga feat. Black Motion, Kazba de Small, Nokwazi South Africa
MAJOR LEAGUE DJz Bakwa Lah South Africa
Spinall Pallazo feat. Asake Nigeria
Uncle Waffles Tanzania feat. Tony Duardo Ft. Sino Msolo & Boibizza Swaziland
Zakes Batwini Osama feat. Kasango South Africa


Best African Video
Amine Boumediene Moustahil Algeria
Costa Titch Big Flexa by Costa Titch. South Africa
DAMMY TWITCH Woman by Simi. Nigeria
Director Pink Nwoke Oma by Chike Nigeria
Elias Belkader Disco Maghreb by DJ Snake Algeria
Maranta Tegegne Sewasew Ethopia
Mateo Da Silva Donnelemoi by TayC Cameroon
Napephasha Ghost Kamo Mphela South Africa
Soolking & Digital Nak Suavemente by Soolking Algeria
TG Omori (Winner) Buga by Kizz Daniel feat. Tekno Nigeria



Best African Rapper OR Lyricist
A-Reece Couldn’t Have Said It Better, Pt.3 South Africa
Dafencii feat. Khayyat King Alhalaba Sudan
Didi B Game De Djai Cote d’Ivoire
Dip Doundou Guiss Califat Senegal
Marwan Moussa (Winner) Batal 3alam Egypt
Ladipoe feat. Rema Afro Jigga Nigeria
LAMB (Loose Kaynon, A-Q, MI, Blaqbonez) The Last Cypher Nigeria
Nata 94 Sierra Leone
Nay Wa Mitego Rais Wa Kitaa Tanzania
Youssoupha Amapiano Cote d’Ivoire


Best Africa Collaboration
Ahmed Saad feat. 3enba & Double Zuksh Al Moulouk Egypt
Calema x Zé Felipe Onde Anda Sao Tome and Principe/Brazil
Costa Titch feat. C’buda M, Alfa Kat, Banaba Des, Sdida & Man T Big Flexa South Africa
Davido feat. focalistic (Winner) Champion Sound Nigeria / South Africa
Fireboy feat. Ed Sheeran Peru (Remix) Nigeria/Great Britain
Kikimoteleba feat. Franglish Tigini (Remix) Cote d’Ivoire/DRC
Kizz Daniel feat. Tekno Buga Nigeria
Marioo feat. Jovial Mi Amour Tanzania
Mbosso, Costa Titch, Phantom Steeze Moyo Tanzania/South Africa
Tiwa Savage feat. Brandy Somebody’s Son Nigeria/USA


Best African Band / Duo / Group
Calema & Zé Felipe Onde Anda Sao Tome & Principe
Disco Misr, Aziz Maraka Ahla Wahda Egypt
Jano Band Zebnanaw Ethiopia
Mafikizolo Ft. Simmy Mamazela South Africa
Ridimz Shabasiko Cameroon
The Cavemen ft. Made Kuti (Winner) Biri Nigeria
Toofan Ona Togo
Umoja Sounds Ft. Ariel Wayz Happy Kenya
Wanavokali What A Time Kenya


Best African Act In Diaspora (Female)
Aya Nakamura Ft. Damso Degaine Mali
Bey T Ft. Boohle Unanicheza Kenya
Darkoo Ft Black Sherif Always Nigeria
Faouzia (Winner) RIP, Love Morocco
Moha K, Marwa Loud Ghir Ntiya Morocco
Nata 94 Sierra Leone
Rimon Feed Me Eritrea
Ronisia Melodie Cape Verde
Soraia Ramos BKBN Cape Verde





Best African Act In Diaspora (Male)
Calema Ft. Zé Felipe Onde Anda Sao Tome & Principe
Dadju KIng DRC
Dafencii ft. Khayyat King Alhalaba Sudan
DJ Snake Disco Maghreb Algeria
Gil Semedo Ft. Calema, Soraia Ramos & Mito Kaskas Gostu Sabi Cape Verde
Jae5 Ft Dave, Bnxn Propeller Ghana
Soolking Suavemente Algeria
Tion Wayne Ft. Davido & Jae5 (Winner) Who’s True Nigeria
Ya Levis Pardonne Moi DRC


Best Female Artist in Africa Inspirational Music
Bridget Blue Woman Kenya
Chaama & Eljoee Burakia Morocco
Diana Hamilton Awurade Ye(Do it Lord) Ghana
DJ Zinhle Ft. Black Motion, Kabza De Small & Nokwazi Siyabonga South Africa
Irene Robert Ft. Rose Muhando (Winner) Hainidhuru Tanzania
Janet Otieno Siri Kenya
Makhadzi Ft. Jon Delinger Zwivhuya South Africa
Manal 3ari Morocco
TY Bello Ft. Sinmidele & Ore Macaulay Amen Amen Nigeria


Best Male Artist in Africa Inspirational Music
Davido Ft. Sunday Service Choir (Winner) Stand Strong Nigeria
Grace Lokwa Kumama DRC
Kassmasse Sesasew Ethiopia
KS Bloom Ft. Chidinma C’est Dieu (Remix) Cote d’Ivoire
Majoos Jayah DRC
Masterkraft Ft. Chike Hosanna Nigeria
Nathaniel Bassey See What the Lord Has Done Nigeria
Noel Nderitu Waweza Kenya
Samthing Soweto Amagents South Africa
Wave Rhyder Wa Nkutlwa Na Lesotho

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Electro
Asake Peace Be Unto You Nigeria
Costa Titch Ft. C’buda M, Alfa Kat, Banaba Des, Sdida & Man T Big Flexa South Africa
Davido Ft. Focalistic (Winner) Champion Sound Nigeria
DJ Snake Disco Maghreb Algeria
DJ Maphorisa & Tyler ICU Ft. Sir Till & Co Banyana South Africa
DJ Yessonia Ft. Boohle Ngifuna Wena Namibia
Felo Le Tee & Myztro Ft. Daliwonga 66 & Dipatje Tsa Felo South Africa
Mbosso Ft. Costa Titch & Phantom Steeze Moyo Tanzania
Tresor Ft. Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa Makosa DRC
Zakes Bantwini Ft. Kasango Osama South Africa




Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Hip-Hop
Black Sherif Kwaku the Traveller Ghana
Blxckie Your All South Africa
Cdrik Kodjo Nyi Nudé Benin
Darkoo Ft. Black Sherif Always Nigeria
Didi B Tala Cote d’Ivoire
KikiMoteleba Ft. Franglish Tigini Cote d’Ivoire
Marwan Moussa (Winner) Batal 3alam Egypt
Nay Wa Mitego Rais Wa Kitaa Tanzania
Ninho Jefe DRC
Nyashinski Ft. Femi One Properly Kenya


Best Artist, Duo or Group in African RnB & Soul
Ahmed basyoni & Hussein Gamal ElHalawa Di Egypt
Bridget Blue Goodbye Kenya
C4 Pedro Esta Tudo Bem Angola
Frida Amani Ft. Mayunga Tanzania Tanzania
Lil Jay Sauce Graine Cote d’Ivorie
Nomfundo Moh Ft. ShaSha & Ami Faku Phakade Lami South Africa
Omah Lay (Winner) I’m A Mess Nigeria
Tayc D O D O Cameroon
Tiwa Savage, Amaarae Tales By Moonlight Nigeria
Ya Levis Pardonne Moi DRC






Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Reggae, Ragga, Dancehall
DJ Lito Ft. Bebe Cool x Sheilah Gashumba x SlickStuartRoja Tick Talk Uganda
Fave Baby Riddim Nigeria
Femi One Ft. King Kaka & Mbithi Hepi Kenya
KiDi Ft. Tyga Touch It(Remix) Ghana
Navy Kenzo Manzese Tanzania
Nutty O Handipere Zimbabwe
Rosa Ree Watatubu Tanzania
Ruger Dior Nigeria
Teddy Afro (Winner) Naet Ethiopia
Winky D Happy Again Zimbabwe


Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Contemporary
Adekunle Gold Ft. Fatoumata Diawara (Winner) Born Again Nigeria
Alikiba UTU Tanzania
Brymo Fura Sara Nigeria
Fadilee Itulya Ft. Fidq & Taz Goemi Problem Tanzania
Fally Ipupa Bloqué DRC
Fior 2 Bior Godo Godo Cote d’Ivoire
Roga Roga & Extra Musica Bokoko DRC
Sidiki Diabate Diarabi nene bena Mali
Wally B. Seck ft Viviane Reugine Tass Senegal
Wegz Al bakht Egypt


Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Jazz
Addis Legesse Enja Ethiopia
Elida Almeida, Jimmy P Mau Menino Cape Verde
Franck Biyong Negropolitaine Cameroon
Gutu Abera (Winner) Deemi Ethiopia
Jano Band Zebnanaw Ethiopia
Jimmy Dludlu Ft. Rhodalia Silvestre, Dx Nuvunga & Mano Tsotsi Male Ya Pepa Mozambique
Kelvin Momo Feat. TBO and JaySax Funa South Africa
Somi Love Tastes Like Strawberries Rwanda
Thapelo Lekoane Heritage South Africa
The Cavemen Ft. Made kuti Biri Nigeria


Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Pop
Adekunle Gold Ft. Davido (Winner) High Nigeria
Ckay Emiliana Nigeria
Kizz Daniel & Tekno Buga Nigeria
Kouz1 Magic Morocco
Matias Damasio Como Antes Angola
Pheelz, BNXN Finesse Nigeria
Ronisia Melodie Cape Verde
Roseline Layo Donnez Nous Un Peru Cote d’Ivoire
Soraia Ramos BKBN Cape Verde
Tenor Ft. Innoss’B Mami Wata Cameroon




Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Rock
Amir Eid Ana Negm Egypt
Clayrocksu (Winner) Amin Nigeria
Daniel Baron How to Feel South Africa
Franck Biyong Pepe Soup Cameroon
Reen and Refentse Morake Skobbejak South Africa


Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Traditional
Azaya Ft. Djelykaba Bintou (Winner) BB La Guinea
Betty G Addis Semay Ethiopia
Flavour Level Nigeria
Josey Ft. Bonigo Zambeleman Cote d’Ivoire
Lencho gemechu Saglii Ethiopia
Manamba Kante Bhouloun Djouri Guinea
Oumou Sangare Wassulu Don Mali
Rokia Kone & Jacknife Lee N’yanyan Mali
Strongbangwaboy Royalty Ft. Longue Longue, Tzy Panchak Cameroon
Stewart Sukuma Ezamany Kim’bedima Mozambique








Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography
Ans-T Crazy (Winner) Pause Guinea
Costa Titch Ft. C’buda M, Alfa Kat, Banaba Des, Sdida & Man T Big Flexa South Africa
Eltee Skhillz ODG Nigeria
Kamo Mphela Ghost South Africa
Portable X Poco Lee Ft. Olamide ZaZoo Zehh Nigeria
Roga Roga & Extra Musica Bokoko DRC
Serge Beynaud C’est Dose Cote d’Ivoire
Simi Woman Nigeria
Spice Diana Tujooge Ft. Dj Seven Uganda
Toofan Ona Togo

Best Soundtrack Movie / Series / Documentary
Ahmed Saad Ft. 3enba & Double Zuksh AlMoulouk (Moon Knight) Egypt
Amarae & Marvel A Body, A Coffin (Black Panther Wakanda Forever Prologue EP) Ghana
Amir Eid Ana Negm (RIVO) Egypt
Dadju Ima(From the movie “IMA”) DRC
Eltee Skhillz ODG (The Blood Convenant Movie) Nigeria
Mohamed Osama & Karim Mahmoud (Ahmed Tarik Yahia) EL GHAZALA RAYE2A (ZEKO) Egypt
Stephane Legar Speed Llife (From Sonic 2 Le Film)
From Sonic 2 Le Film Togo
Tems & Marvel (Winner) No Woman No Cry (Black Panther Wakanda Forever Prologue EP) Nigeria
Wegz B3oda Ya Belady(From the film “Captains Of Zaatari”) Egypt



Best Global Act
Anitta (Winner) Mon Soleil (By Dadju) Brazil
Brandy Somebody’s Son (By Tiwa Savage) USA
Chris Brown Call Me Everyday Ft. Wizkid/Monalisa Remix By Lojay X Sarz/Nobody Has to Know Ft. Davido/Diana By Fireboy DML/Time & Affection By Rema USA
Drake Fountains Ft. Tems, Tresor Canada
Ed Sheeran Peru Remix (By Fireboy DML)/For My Hand (Burna Boy) Great Britain
Justin Bieber Essence Remix (By Wizkid)/Attention By Omah Lay Canada
Maluma Mama Tetema Ft. Rayvanny Colombia
Popcaan Toni-Ann Singh (By Burna Boy) Jamaican
Tyga Touch it Remix (By KiDi) USA
Vitaa Prends Ma Main (By Maitre Gims & Vitaa) France

African music lovers are encouraged to keep up with updates and trends ahead of the 9th AFRIMA, which will be held later this year. Kindly visit the AFRIMA website at and turn on notifications on social media platforms (IG/TikTok – @afrima.official ; Facebook – Afrimawards; Twitter – @afrimaofficial; LinkedIn – AFRIMA).
In partnership with the African Union Commission, AFRIMA is the pinnacle of African music globally.

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Nigerian Top Filmmaker, Anyiam-Osigwe Who Founded Africa Movies Awards, AMAA Dies In Lagos



The founder and Chief Executive Officer, Africa Movies Academy Awards (AMAA), Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, is dead.

The Nigerian top filmmaker breathed her last on Monday at St Nicholas Hospital, Lagos, State after a brief illness.

In a terse confirmation that the respected and influential filmmaker breathed her last, Obi Emelonye, the producer of Last Flight to Abuja said: “Thank you and good night dada Peace,” in a short tribute to her on the social media network, Facebook.

She reportedly gave up the ghost after being in a coma since Saturday.

While colleagues and close friends, some of whom went to see her at hospital wouldn’t believe news of her demise, maintaining that she was merely in the ICU, notable movie maker, Zik Zulu also confirmed the news.

“Our President, Peace, has passed. As at Saturday, she was reported to be in coma at Saint Nicholas. But now her family has confirmed her transition. May the memory of her life be a blessing. Rest in peace, dear Peace,” he wrote on a Nollywood platform.

The industrious woman would be remembered as one of those who shaped the face of the new Nollywood, as her contributions to the industry could not be overemphasised.

Peace Anyiam-Osigwe was not only the Founder of the African Movie Academy Awards, AMAA, she was also the President of the Association of Movie Producers, AMP and one of the most prominent figures in Nollywood.

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ArtsForChange Competition Organisers Unveil Judges



Organisers of ArtsForChange, a creative talent hunt competition powered by
Black & White Ideas in conjunction with National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), has unveiled the judges for the 2022 edition.

The judges are expected to screen all the multitude of entries submitted and to recommend top ten works for final consideration at the second round to select a final winner.

Judges are to consider, adherence to the theme of the competition which is Nigeria: Stronger Together, creativity, aesthetic and originality of each work submitted.

The judges unveiled by the organisers are Oliver Enwonwu, a renowned Visual Artist who holds a Master’s Degree in Visual Art from the University of Lagos, Nigeria; Halima Abubakar, a freelance Documentary Photographer who is currently the Artistic Director and Curator for the 19th Emir of Zazzazu; Mufu Onifade, inventor of the Araism painting technique and founder of the now famous Araism Movement and Steve Ayorinde, cultured journalist and former Commissioner for Tourism, Arts, and Culture in Lagos State.

Enwonwu comes from a long line of artists; his grandfather was a reputable traditional sculptor and his father Ben was widely celebrated as Africa’s pioneer modernist. In his work, Enwonwu elevates Black culture to challenge racial injustice and systemic racism by celebrating the cultural, political, and socio-economic achievements of Africans through an examination of African spirituality, Black identity and migration, contemporary African politics, Pan Africanism, and the global Africa empowerment movement.

From 2009 to July 2021, Enwonwu served as the President of the Society of Nigerian Artists, established in 1963 as the umbrella professional body for all artists in Nigeria, which exists to engender the highest standards of practice and teaching of the visual arts in Nigeria.

On her part, Abubakar is a freelance documentary photographer, researcher, archivist, and artist with an insatiable interest in exploring culture and identity.

She started her photography journey by exhibiting at Lagos Photo Festival 2012. In 2013, she co-won the prize for the outstanding concept at the National Art Competition themed “IDENTITTY”.

Abubakar’s work interrogates the environment around her through her long-term projects aiming to depict her life experiences through a combination of colour, texture, patterns, and symbolism. These are captured through the conceptual visual narratives that she weaves, often through the idea of self-portraiture, in expressionistic and diaristic ways. She has a high level of credibility when it comes to her practice and creatively stays true to any subject matter she is exploring.

A critical thinker, this helps give her the discipline to be rational, open-minded, and factual about topics she explores. As an advocate for preserving history and cultural heritage, Abubakar works on projects that will help inform future generations about things they will never experience.

On his part, Onifade is celebrated for many first. He is an award-winning artist trained at The Polytechnic, Ibadan (National Diploma) and the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (B.A, Fine Arts), and won the Best Student Prizes.

He earlier attended the African Art Museum and Training Institute, Ethiopia where he obtained a Certificate of Training in Painting on Animal Skin, and much later, the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, for his M. A., Art History.

Onifade has held three solo exhibitions, one joint exhibition, and over 100 group exhibitions. In 2010, he was among the five international artists selected from Nigeria, Barbados, the USA, and South Africa to take part in the Greatmore Art Studio’s Residency programme in Cape Town, South Africa. He was also one of the 26 artists selected from across the world to participate in the Great Walk and More Art Festival in Cape Town.

He was one of the 16 artists selected from seven countries to take part in an art project titled ’16 Pieces’ organized by the Ifa-Yoruba Contemporary Trust, UK, funded by the London Arts Board. Onifade has successfully participated in international exhibitions in Nigeria, France, Belgium, Austria, the UK, the USA, etc.

Among many local and international art competitions, Onifade, a Fellow of the Society of Nigerian Artists (fsna) has been an adjudicator for the annual National Festival of Arts and Culture by the National Council for Arts and Culture, Felabration Arts Competition, MODHAFEST Art Competition and many more.

Last but not least is Ayorinde. Aside from being the immediate past Commissioner for Tourism, Arts, and Culture in Lagos State, Ayorinde was the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy.

He was also at a point the Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of the National Mirror Newspaper. Before then, Ayorinde was the Editor of The Punch Newspaper in Nigeria.

Ayorinde is also regarded as one of Nigeria’s most renowned film and art critics, serving on the Juries for some of the world’s most recognised film festivals and awards, including the Toronto International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, AMAA, and Mumbai International Film Festival.

An author, Ayorinde has credit for three books namely Masterpieces: A Critic’s Timeless Report (Spectrum Books, 2008); Abokede: The Man, The Hill, The City (ArtPillar Books, 2011) and Cascade of Change: A Decade of Liberal Thoughts (Liberal Publishing, 2015). He also edited For Law, For Country: Conversations with the Bar and the Bench (Global Media Mirror Publications, 2012).

Educated at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, he also attended the University of Lagos, Akoka, and the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Globalization and Communications. Ayorinde is a European Union Fellow at the Foundation Journalists-in-Europe (1997–98), a comprehensive one-year training scheme for mid-career journalists, and also an alumnus of the State Department’s International Visitors’ program (IVP) in the United States, the Goethe Institute, Berlin, and the University of Siena for Foreigners, Italy.

Speaking at a judge unveiling event held recently in Lagos, Mr. Titiloye Amzat, a representative of Black & White Ideas, noted that the judges for this edition of the competition are some of the finest in the industry. According to him, they were picked based on their achievements over the years in the creative industry.

He said, “For us at Black & White Ideas, only the best would do as judges. The judges for this edition are some of the best we have around.

“A knowledgeable art writer, a Master’s Degree holder in Visual Art, the creator of a unique painting technique, Araism and a documentary Photographer, what more can you ask for as far as raising the bar in talent discovery and promotion is concerned?

“Having been selected, they now have the responsibility of picking the best entries from the multitude of entries submitted with a focus on four core areas namely, adherence to the theme of the competition which is; ‘Nigeria: Stronger Together’, originality of the work, creativity, and the aesthetic of the work.

“I also want to use this opportunity to appreciate our partner, First Bank, they have truly proven their support of the arts,” Mr. Amzat concluded.

ArtsForChange promotes authentic Nigerian culture and encourages artists of all manners to show their creative side in a bid to unearth and promote young and yet unknown talents in the country.

Entry for the 2022 edition closed on November 25, with over 500 entries received from six zones of the country namely North West, North East, North Central, South-South, South East, and South West.

The unveiling of the winner and presentations of the grand prize will take place this month with the winner
walking away with N500,000, while other shortlisted participants will win consolation gifts and certificates of commendation.

-Lukmon Akintola

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