The 2018 All Africa Music Awards [Afrima] awards came off on November’s last weekend to much fanfare and glamour as hundreds of music stakeholders across several industries on the continent descended on Ghana’s capital.

It was a three-day festival of African music littered with various activities, including a Business Summit at Ghana’s grandest hotel- the Kempinski Gold Coast City, a concert at the Independence  Square, a recreational tour of some of the capital’s storied places and of course the Awards and Honours event at the Accra International Conference Centre.

The awards ceremony at the fifth AFRIMA proved most eventful as tears were shed, controversies were sparked, new leaders emerged and records were made and broken.

Among the long list of winners was multiple award-winning female act from South Africa, Shekhinah, Fally Ipupa, Nedy Music from Tanzania, rookie Kuami Eugene from the host nation and Nigeria’s Davido, who won the biggest prize at stake- Artiste of the Year- to make it consecutive wins for the Western African nation after Wizkid bagged it the previous year.

Here are the winners…



Best Female Artist in Northern Africa
Lyna Mahyem ft MediMeyz /Algeria / Bye Bye

Best Male Artist in Northern Africa
Hamza El Fadly / Morocco / Ya Mraya

Best Female Artist in Southern Africa
Shekhinah / South Africa / Please Mr

Best Male Artist in Southern Africa
Nasty C / South Africa / Jungle

Best Female Artist in Central Africa
Daphne / Cameroon / Jusqu’à La Gare

Best Male Artist in Central Africa 
Fally Ipupa / DRC / Mannequin Ft Keback & Naz

Best Female Artist in Western Africa
Tiwa Savage / Nigeria / Ma Lo Ft. Wizkid & Spellz

Best Male Artist in Western Africa
Davido / Nigeria / Fia

Best Female Artist in Eastern Africa
Betty G / Ethiopia / Mengedegna

Best Male Artist in Eastern Africa
Bebe Cool / Uganda / Freedom



Album of the Year
Betty G / Ethiopia / Wegegta

Artist of the Year
Davido / Nigeria / FIA

Best African Video
Sesan / Gringo (Shatta Wale) / Nigeria

Best African Act in Diaspora
Hazel Mak / Malawi / Jaiva Ft. Roberto &Tay Grin

Best African Collaboration
Guilty Beatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa & Pappy Kojo / Ghana-Nigeria / Akwaaba

Best Artist, Duo or Group In African Contemporary
Kidi / Ghana / Odo Remix Ft. Mayorkun & Davido

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African dance or Choreography
Mr P. / Nigeria / Ebeano

Best African DJ
Afrotronix / Chad / OyO

Best Artist, 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 Artist, Duo or Group in African Hiphop
M.anifestft King Promise / Ghana / Me Ne Woa

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African jazz
Sibusiso Mashiloane / South Africa / Niza

Best African Rapper or Lyricist
Falz / Nigeria / La Fête

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African pop
2Baba / Nigeria / Amaka Ft. Peruzzi

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Ragga, Reggae & Dancehall
Stonebwoy / Ghana / Hero

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African R&B&Soul
Praiz / Nigeria / Champagne and Flowers

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Rock
Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca, Tamer Abu Ghazaleh / Egypt / Ekaa Maksour

Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Traditional
Irene Namatovu / Uganda / Nsambila Nyuma Nga Janzi

Best Female Artist in African Inspirational Music
Sandra Nankoma / Uganda / Kaddugala

Best Artist in African Inspirational Music
Sarkodie / Ghana / Glory Ft. Yung

Most Promising of the Year
Kuami Eugene / Ghana / Confusion

Producer of the Year
Fresh VDM / Togo / Fia

Revelation of the Year
Betty G / Ethiopia / Ere Manew

Songwriter 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



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