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.
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