Under one roof at the Accra International Conference Center, November 24, came alive the final showdown of the week long scheduled All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) 2018.
Big names in the music arena from the African continent made their appearance to celebrate the hard work of the year under reviews produced songs. 36 categories were up for grabs, which saw at the end, host nation, Ghana, grabbing 8 wins by its leading artiste, Stonebwoy (Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Reggae & Dancehall- Hero), Shatta Wale (Best African Video – Gringo), KiDi ( Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Contemporary – Odo remix), Sarkodie (Best Male Artiste in African Inspirational Music- Glory), M.anifest (Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Hip Hop- Me Ne Woa), Kuami Eugene (Most Promising Artiste in West Africa – Confusion) and music producer Guilty Beatz (Song of the Year & Best African Collaboration of the Year- Akwaaba).
Davido emerged the ultimate winner of the night as he was named African Artiste of the Year. South African celebrated icon of all time, Yvonne Chaka Chaka received the 5th AFRIMA Legendary Award, for her massive consistency in showbiz for over 30 years. Teddy Osei, lead singer of the Osibisa music group back in the 70s also received an honorary recognition award and Executive Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode was also awarded a special recognition for his contributions towards the growth and development of the Arts and Tourism sector in Lagos state at the initial stages of AFRIMA.
Jackie Appiah, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Lydia Forson, John Dumelo, Van Vicker, Salma Mumin, Moesha Boduong, were among the lot of celebrities present at the occasion. The show was hosted by media personality Anita Erskine, South African show hostess Pearl Thusi and Ghanaian born-American based actor/comedian Michael Blackson.
Check below the full list of winners at the 2018 AFRIMA.
Best Female Artiste in Central Africa – Daphne / Cameroon / Jusqu’à La Gare
Best Male Artiste in Central Africa – Fally Ipupa / DRC / Mannequin Ft Keback & Naz
Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa – Betty G / Ethiopia / Mengedegna
Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa – Bebe Cool / Uganda / Freedom
Best Female Artiste in Northern Africa – Lyna Mahyem ft Medi Meyz /Algeria / Bye Bye
Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa – Hamza El Fadly / Morocco / Ya Mraya
Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa – Shekhinah / South Africa / Please Mr
Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa – Nasty C / South Africa / Jungle
Best Female Artiste in Western Africa – Tiwa Savage / Nigeria / Ma Lo Ft. Wizkid & Spellz
Best Male Artiste in Western Africa – Davido / Nigeria / Fia
ALBUM OF THE YEAR – Betty G / Ethiopia/ Wegegta
ARTISTE OF THE YEAR – Davido / Nigeria / FIA
BEST AFRICAN VIDEO – Sesan / Gringo (Shatta Wale) Ghana
BEST AFRICAN ACT IN DIASPORA – Hazel Mak / Malawi / Jaiva Ft. Roberto & Tay Grin
BEST AFRICAN COLLABORATION – GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa & Pappy Kojo / Ghana-Nigeria / Akwaaba
BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN CONTEMPORARY -KiDi / Ghana / Odo Remix Ft. Mayorkun & Davido
BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN DANCE OR COREOGRAPHY – Mr P. / Nigeria / Ebeano
BEST AFRICAN DJ – Afrotronix / Chad / OyO
BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN ELECTRO – Master KG / South Africa / Skeleton Move Ft. Zanda Zakuza
BEST AFRICAN DUO, GROUP OR BAND – Toofan / Togo / Money
BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN HIP HOP – M.anifest FT King Promise / Ghana / ME NE WOA
BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN JAZZ – Sibusiso Mashiloane / South Africa / Niza
BEST AFRICAN RAPPER OR LYRICIST – Falz / Nigeria / La Fête
BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN POP – 2Baba / Nigeria / Amaka Ft. Peruzzi
BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN RAGGA, REGGAE & DANCEHALL – Stonebwoy/ Ghana / Hero
BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN R ‘N’ B & SOUL – Praiz / Nigeria / Champagne and Flowers
BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN ROCK – Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca, Tamer Abu Ghazaleh / Egypt / Ekaa Maksour
BEST ARTISTE, DUO OR GROUP IN AFRICAN TRADITIONAL – Irene Namatovu / Uganda / Nsambila Nyuma Nga Janzi
BEST FEMALE ARTISTE IN AFRICAN INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC – Sandra Nankoma / Uganda / Kaddugala
BEST MALE ARTISTE IN AFRICAN INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC – Sarkodie / Ghana / Glory Ft. Yung
MOST PROMISING ARTISTE IN AFRICA – Kuami Eugene / Ghana / Confusion
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – Fresh VDM / Togo / Fia
REVELATION OF THE AFRICAN CONTINENT – Betty G / Ethiopia / Ere Manew
SONG OF THE YEAR – GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa & Pappy Kojo / Akwaaba / Ghana
SONG WRITER OF THE YEAR – Shekhinah Donell, Amon Taulo Chibiya II / South Africa / Different Ft. Mariechan
AFRICAN FANS’ FAVOURITE – Nedy Music / Tanzania / One and Only Ft. Ruby