By James, Michael Igiri
The battle for supremacy at the fourth annual All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, came to an end on Sunday, November 12, 2017 with Nigeria music sensation, Wizkid emerging the biggest winner on a fun-filled night.
Other winners also emerged in the thirty-four categories of the award hosted by African American
Senegalese superstar, Akon and Paris based Cameroonian, Sophy.
It was however a night to remember for the ‘Ojuelegba’ hit-maker as he won three awards in the Artiste of the year; song of the year; and Best Male Artiste in
West Africa categories.
Other winners on the night include: Toofan (Togo), AliKiba (Tanzania) and Gilad Milo
(Kenya) went away with two awards each; Gilad won two awards in the Best
Male Artiste in Inspirational and Best Artiste in African Rock. AliKiba went with Best African Collaboration and Best Artiste or Group in
African RnB & Soul while Toofan won Best Africa Group and Best Artiste
in African Pop.
Also bagging an award each on the night include; 2baba (Nigeria) Tiwa Savage (Nigeria), Simi (Nigeria), Wande Coal (Nigeria), Ycee (Nigeria), Orezi
(Nigeria), Montess (Cameroon), Locko (Cameroon), Nandy (Tanzania), Eddy
Kenzo (Uganda), Ibitssam Tiskat (Morocco).
Others are Shayfeen (Morocco), Thandiswa (South Africa), Emtee (South Africa), Tiwa Savage (Nigeria), Asikey (Nigeria), Neza (Rwanda), Toofan
(Togo), Nduduzo Mhakatini (South Africa), Nsoki (Angola), Halmelmal Abate (Ethiopia), The Dogg (Namibia), Adaza Cookey (Nigeria), Shyn
(Madagascar), DJ Coublon (Nigeria) bagged one award each.
Music legends Oliver Mutikudzi (Zimbabwe) and Salif Keita (Mali)
received an AFRIMA legendary Award each.
As expected, the sold-out AFRIMA 2017 event with glamorously dressed went into frenzy with scintillating performances from Toofan (Togo),
Vector (Nigeria), Emtee (South Africa), Ewube (Cameron), Tiwa Savage (Nigeria), Thandiswa (South Africa), Harrysong (Nigeria), Rue
(Zimbabwe), Ed Isaac (Nigeria), Nsoki (Angola), Falz (Nigeria), Qritical (Kenya), Simi (Nigeria), Henok & Mehari Brothers (Ethiopia), Sheyi Shay (Nigeria), Ycee (Nigeria), Becca (Ghana), Montess (Cameroon), Gilad Milo
(Kenya), Locko (Cameroon).
The 2017 AFRIMA began on Friday, with an African Business Roundtable AMBR, organised by the All Africa Music Awards. The name of the organisers was to engage top music business stakeholders, label owners and music marketers on the theme, Digital Takeover; Shaping the Future of African Music, at the Grand Ball room, Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Keynote speakers present at the event were the Head of culture, African Union Commission, Angela Martins, General Manager, Sony Music, West Africa, Michael Ugwu, Managing Director, Trace Anglophone, West Africa Samo Onyemelukwe, Technology & Media Leader, PwC, West Africa, Femi Osinubi, Chairperson Moshito Festival South Africa, Dr.Sipho Sithole, Artistic Director Timitar Festival Morocco, Brahim El Mazned, MD United Capital Securities Ltd. Nigeria, Jude Chiemeka, Head A&R Okay Music USA, Rikki Stein, Head of Operations, Content Connect Africa, South Africa, Munya Chanetsa, CEO Kennis Music Nigeria, Kenny Ogungbe, and Founder/CEO Emblue, Kelvin Orifa.