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Events That Shaped Nigerian Entertainment scene in 2014…….. Marriages, Deaths, Separations, Failures Among Others!



The year 2014 would go down in the history of Nigeria’s entertainment industry as one of the most eventful for many reasons. From good to bad, beautiful to ugly, the industry saw it all as headline-grabbing events dominated the sector all year round. While tragic incidents such as deaths and collapsed marriages almost robbed the sector of a brilliant streak of successes, the formation of new marriages, arrival of babies and mega endorsement deals for some ensured 2014 wasn’t all about the gloomy news. Here in this piece, We highlight some of the most remarkable moments and incidents that rocked the entertainment industry in Africa’s most populous country over the last 12 months


Tiwa Savage and Tunji ‘Tee Billz’ Balogun

It was one of the most talked about weddings in the year as the couple had a fairly tale ceremony under the warm embrace of Dubai’s alluring weather and scenery. The colourful occasion, staged earlier in February in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, was attended by close friends, family members and business associates. Though, weeks later, the rumour mill went agog that the marriage was on the brink of collapse, the Mavin Record First Lady and her hubby have waxed on stronger, slicing off wagging tongues. They are now expecting their number one baby.

Ibinabo Fiberesima and Uche Egbuka

The Actors Guild of Nigeria’s President, Ibinabo Fiberesima, recently tied the knot with her long time university friend – Uche Egbuka. According to the actress who admitted to have prayed and wept relentlessly in the search for a husband, her life changed since she met Egbuka whom she was finally married to last weekend.

Toke Makinwa and Maje Ayida

After an unstable relationship spanning over a decade, Toke and lover, Maje, decided to walk down the aisle in January. Prior to their wedding ceremony, there were rumours that the pair had gone their separate ways without hope of reconciliation. But ‘haters’ got a rude shock soon afterwards when the lovers became husband and wife.

Toke and Maje elected for a quiet, private ceremony with close friends and family members only in attendance.

Dr. Sid and Simi Osomo

In August, Surulere crooner, Dr. Sid of the Mavins crew, bade bachelorhood farewell. The gifted singer, a ladies’ man, shunned all the attention from other quarters to take Simi Osomo home. The marriage which held in Lagos, remains a reference point in the entertainment circle especially with the calibre and quality of guests on parade.

Celebrity births

The year was not all about marriages but their products as well. The family of popular singer and photographer, TY Bello, welcomed a set of twins after nine years of marriage without a child. The children came about less than a week after Bello released her second album. The former member of the all-girl gospel band, KUSH, was delivered of the babies in the United States of America.

Mercy Johnson

Award-winning Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson Okojie fondly called Mama Purity, gave birth to her second child – a baby boy. The 30-year-old actress gave birth to the boy in the early hours of October 15 at St. Joseph Hospital, University of Maryland, Baltimore, United States.

Helen Paul

On November 24, popular comedienne, television and radio host, Helen Paul, welcomed her second child, a baby boy, too. Helen and husband, Femi Bamisile, who got married in 2010 have a 3-year old son as well.


Popular hiplife musician, Martins Okey Justice, popularly known as J-Martins and his pretty wife, Nnezi Diana Mbila, welcomed their first child, a baby boy in the United States of America also in the year.

The bundle of joy came a few months after the couple got married in Lagos, the country’s commercial and entertainment headquarters. She was delivered at the Gwinnett Medical Centre, Atlanta, Georgia, on February 4, 2014.

The deaths

Amaka Igwe

The death of Amaka Igwe, one of Nigeria’s foremost film producers, a writer, director and leading player in the motion picture industry, came as a shock to her fans and stakeholders in the entertainment industry.

According to reports, the producer of popular television show, Fuji House of Commotion, had gone to Enugu with her husband for a pre-production preparation for a new soap when she suffered an asthmatic attack and was immediately rushed to a hospital. Unfortunately she died before help could reach her.


The news of the death of gospel singer, Kefee, was one that dampened many hearts in 2014. Initially, speculations had it that the singer, who was said to be six months pregnant, suffered pre-eclampsia. But family members denied the reports, insisting instead that it was lung failure which took her life.

Kefee collapsed while on board a United States bound flight. She slipped into coma and was in a critical state for about two weeks before eventually losing the battle. Her painful demise remains one of the low points for the entertainment industry in 2014.

Clem Onyeka

The demise of this very promising actor is another tragedy the industry had to deal with this year. The actor died after being hit by a stray bullet while returning from a movie location in Asaba.

Onyeka bumped into the men of the underworld during a shootout with the police and was hit by bullets. He died in a hospital in October.

Taiwo Oshadipe

Also in October, the life of another promising talent, Taiwo Oshadipe, was cut short. The mother of one died a month after her birthday, leaving her twin sister, Kehinde, family members, close friends and fans as well completely shattered. Taiwo succumbed to death after a brief illness.

Marriage failures


Ini got married to America-based businessman, Phillip Ehiagwina, in November 2008. Since they tied the knot, there had been speculations that their marriage was not stable before it finally crashed this year. It was reported that the marriage broke down due to strong allegations of infidelity but the actress has since debunked those claims, describing them as mere insinuations.

Ehiagwina was said to have demanded for the bride price he paid to marry Ini and her people obliged him.

While announcing her break-up on twitter, the soft-spoken actress said, “I asked for a divorce from my ex-husband because of a lot of irreconcilable differences. I never cheated on my husband. There is a conscious and malicious attempt at tarnishing my image. This whole saga is familiar, let’s not forget the past. Thanks and God bless.”

Uche Ogbodo

Barely seven months after popular Nollywood actress, Uche Ogbodo’s engagement to America-based ex-footballer, Apo Arthur, the union collapsed.

Some years back, the actress concluded marriage arrangement with a Holland-based businessman fondly known as Cross, but the ‘project’ never saw the light of day.

However, Ogbodo said that her recent relationship was dissolved because it was based on lies and deceit.

The heavily pregnant Uche in an interview revealed that she wasn’t really married as it wasn’t fully formalised.

“We were still in the process of formalising it when all hell broke loose, so I was merely engaged. I walked into a no-win situation. All I can say is that barely one month into the engagement and in the process of planning a formal wedding, I realised I had made the greatest mistake of my life. The foundation of the union was based on lies and deceit, shocking lies,” she stated.

Lola Alao

Over the weekend, news went round that the one-year-old union between popular actress, Lola Alao, and her husband, Olawale Ajibola, had also crashed. It was alleged that the actress’ husband left her for one of her closest friends. She secretly tied the knot with Olawale last year August at a civil ceremony in Atlanta.

This is Lola’s second attempt at marriage. Her first marriage was to a US-based car dealer, Dare, whom she married in 2002. They separated after a few years. They both had a daughter, Omowunmi, who is now 10.


Desmond Elliot

Popular Nollywood actor, Desmond Elliot, decided to try his hands on politics and was lucky enough to clinch the ticket to contest for a seat at the Lagos State House of Assembly. Not many people knew the actor was from Lagos and when his posters surfaced, many people were surprised.

But interestingly, Elliot won the primary ticket and would represent Surulere Constituency 1 in the state assembly.


For KSB, who is also the Vice President of Kennis Music International, it has been an outpouring of consolation from her fans and fellow entertainers. She lost the ticket to represent Ikeja Constituency 1 at the Lagos State House of Assembly to Kabir Lawal, son of the Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress, Lai Mohammed.


Another celebrity-entertainer who lost out after being widely considered as ‘the chosen one’ is Abolore Akande, popularly known as 9ice.

The singer vied for the ticket to represent Ogbomosho North/South/Orire Federal Constituency of Oyo State under the platform of the APC.

It is still not clear what really went wrong but 9ice has vowed to appeal his defeat at the party’s primaries.

Dayo ‘D1’ Adeneye

On his part, celebrated on-air-personality, Dayo Adeneye, also referred to as D1, lost the APC ticket for Odogbolu Constituency in Ogun State.

Though D1 had a colourful declaration ceremony and was said to be very popular within his constituency, he lost to Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s ex-aide, Adebowale Ojuri.

Apart from the highlighted incidents, there were also dozens of historic events that made the Nigerian entertainment industry thick in 2014. It was a year that produced both winners and losers in equal proportion. But above all, the sector was better for it as the quality of entertainment improved from what was seen in previous years, leaving many practitioners laughing to the bank.



Source: The Punch

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South African rapper, Gigi Lamayne professes love to Burna Boy



Popular South African rapper, Genesis Gabriella Tina Manney, also known as Gigi Lamayne has publicly professed her love for famous Nigerian singer, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, a.k.a Burna Boy.

Gigi declared her love for Burna Boy in a post shared on her Twitter handle.

The rapper expressed that despite how she feels deeply about the self-acclaimed African Giant, he never knows about her emotions.

“I’m so in love with @burnaboy, and he may never know this life thing, yooooo.”

Reacting, Burna Boy liked her post. And this made her pleased as she shared a screenshot of the tweet Burna liked, claiming to have received confirmation that he is aware of how much she likes him.


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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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