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By Faith Nyasuguta 

The 2021 Gala for All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) took place at the Eko Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday night.

The function saw big names in the entertainment industry battle out for the prestigious Awards.

Nikita Kering, a Kenyan songstress, bagged two awards; Best Female Artiste East Africa and Best Artist, Duo or Group in African RnB & Soul.

The award for the Best in African Rock went to Rash Band while Sauti Sol, the Kenyan award winning boy band was crowned the Best group.

Kenyan singer Shanah Manjeru, 13, was crowned the youngest winner at the awards after taking home the Best African Female Artiste in Inspirational Music award.

The biggest winner of the night was Malian Ibaone who took home four awards- Album of the Year, African Male Artiste in Inspirational Music, Best Song Writer and Best Male Artiste from Western Africa.

Renowned musician Wizkid won three awards out of the four nominations he got in this year’s AFRIMA; Best Song of the Year and Best African Collaborations and Best Artiste of the Year award.

The award ceremony was graciously hosted by Eddie Kadi and Pearl Thusi, with singing performances coming from Zuchu, Patoranking, Chike, Olakira, D’banj among others.

Nikita Kering at AFRIMA awards /Courtesy/

This is the Full List of winners

Best African Female Artiste in Inspirational Music – Shanah Manjeru

African Male Artiste in Inspirational Music – Iba One

Best Artiste, Duo, or Group in African R & B Soul – Nikita Kering

Best Artist or Duo in African Dance or Choreography – Flavour, Diamond Platnumz, FallyIpupa

Best Female Artist in the Diaspora – Naomi Achu

Artiste, Duo, or Group in African Pop – Iba One

Best Group – Sauti Sol

Best Collaboration – Wizkid, Tems

Best African Rapper Lyricist – Elow’n

Best Female Artiste in Northern Africa – Manal Benchlikha

Best Male Artist in Northern Africa – Dizzy Dros

Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa – Eddy Kenzo

Best Female Artist Central Africa – Shan L

Best Female Artist in East Africa – Nikita Kering

Male Artist Central Africa – Fally Ipupa

Best Male Southern Africa – Blaq Diamond

Best Male Artiste Western Africa – Iba One

Best Song Of The Year – Wizkid, Tems

Best Producer Of The Year – Legendary Beatz

Best Duo African HipHop – Fireboy, Cheque

Best African Dj – Sinyorita

African Fan’s Favorite – Fireboy

AFRIMA Artist of the Year Award – Wizkid

Album of the Year – Iba One

Song Writer of the Year – Iba One

Best in African Rock – Rash Band

Afrima Legend Award – Kofi Olomide

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