AFRIMA 2015: Nigeria Dethroned As East African Countries Take The Lead

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The 2015 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), which is the 2nd edition of the awards has come and gone but not without lots of surprises and moments that will be recorded in history. The Eko Hotels and Suites hosted this year’s edition of the awards on Sunday, 15th November and as expected, it attracted music and theater acts including notable personalities and prominent politicians from all over Africa to celebrate the African heritage.

The maiden edition in 2014 saw Nigeria’s musical acts dominating the winners’ list, carting away the highest number of trophies, 13 in total, with artistes like Davido going home with four of the coveted 29.3 carat gold-plated AFRIMA trophies. But there was a little twist in this year awards as East African artists won most of the award categories. The biggest winner of the night was Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz while Nigeria was represented on the award winners’ list by OlamideAdekunle Gold, Flavour, Darey, Kiss Daniel and Yemi Alade who won one trophy each.

Olamide won the Best Male Artiste In West Africa award over Wizkid and Davido for his song ‘Bobo’ while Yemi Alade went home with the Best female Artiste In West Africa award over Seyi Shay, Niyola and others at the awards.

Here is the full list of winners:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Diamond Platnumz

SONG OF THE YEAR

Diamond Platnumz – “Nasema Nawe”, featuring Khadijo Kopa

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Charlotte Dipanda – “Elle n’a pas vu”

BEST ARTIST IN AFRICA (RnB & Soul)

Praiz Adejo – Nigeria

BEST AFRICAN REGGAE, RAGGA & DANCEHALL

Stonebwoy – Ghana

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BEST MALE ARTIST: INSPIRATIONAL CATEGORY

Darey – Nigeria

BEST FEMALE ARTIST: INSPIRATIONAL CATEGORY

Betty Akna- Equatorial Guinea

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Wiyaala – Ghana

BEST ARTIST IN AFRICAN POP

Vanessa Mdee – Tanzania

BEST ARTIST IN AFRICAN HIP HOP

Casper Nyovest – South Africa

BEST ARTIS IN AFRICAN ELECTRO 
Flavour – Nigeria

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PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Sauti Sol and Cedric Kadenyi – Kenya

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR IN AFRICA

Joseph Chameleone – Uganda

REVELATION OF THE YEAR IN AFRICA

Adekunle Gold – Nigeria

MOST PROMISING ARTIST IN AFRICA

Kiss Daniel – Nigeria

BEST ARTIST IN AFRICAN CONTEMPORARY

Charlotte Dipanda

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BEST ARTIST IN AFRICAN JAZZ

Kunle Ayo – Nigeria

BEST MALE ARTIST IN WESTERN AFRICA

Olamide – Nigeria

BEST FEMALE ARTIST IN WESTERN AFRICA

Yemi Alade – Nigeria

BEST ARTIST IN AFRICAN ROCK 

M’vula – Kenya

BEST AFRICAN GROUP

Sauti Sol- Kenya

BEST AFRICAN COLLABORATION

AKA (South Africa) and Burna Boy (Nigeria)

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BEST FEMALE ARTIST IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

Busiswa Ngoku- South Africa

BEST MALE ARTIST IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

Casper Nyovest- South Africa

BEST FEMALE ARTIST IN NORTHERN AFRICA

Manal- Morocco

BEST MALE ARTIST IN NORTHERN AFRICA

Ahmed Soultan- Morocco

BEST FEMALE ARTIST IN EASTERN AFRICA

Tsedenia Gebremarkos- Ethiopia

BEST MALE ARTIST IN EASTERN AFRICA

Diamond Platnumz- Tanzania

PILLAR OF CULTURE IN AFRICA

Bola Ahmed Tinubu (Jagaban)