By Najibu Mulema
Ugandan singers Cindy Sanyu , Eddy Kenzo and songwriter Unique scooped awards at the third prestigious 2016 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) which happened on Sunday evening at the Convention Centre Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos, Nigeria.
The event was hosted by Ahmed Soultan (Morocco), MsBonang Matheba(South Africa) and Ika Jang(Congo), in three languages used mostly in Africa; English, French and Arabic to enable audiences of all languages to understand the awards.
Cindy won the award for ‘Best female East Africa’, Unique won the ‘Songwriter of the Year’ award while Eddy Kenzo’s “Mbilo Mbilo – Remix” ft Nigeria’s Niniola won the award for ‘Best Collaboration.
Other Ugandan artists who were nominated but didn’t scoop any award include, Jose Chameleone, Bebe Cool, Juliana Kanyomozi, Navio, Irene Ntale and Ziza Bafana.
The All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, is designed to promote the distinct rich African music worldwide, engaging millions of fans by propelling African music to glorious pinnacles beyond the borders of Africa.
Below is the full List of Winners:
- Best Male East Africa – Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
- Best Female East Africa – Cindy Sanyu (Uganda)
- Best Male South Africa – Black Coffee (South Africa)
- Best female South Africa – Sally Boss Madam (Namibia)
- Best Male Central Africa- Wax Dey (Cameroon)
- Best Female Central Africa- Bruna Tatiana (Angola)
- Best Male North Africa – DJ Van (Morocco)
- Best Female North Africa- Zina Daoudia (Morocco)
- Best Male West Africa – Flavour (Nigeria)
- Best Female West Africa – Aramide (Nigeria)
- Best Inspirational Female – Naomi Achu (Cameroon)
- Best Artiste/Dou/GroupBand in African Contemporary- Flavour (Nigeria)
- Most Promising Artiste- Amine Aub (Morocco)
- African Fans Favorite – Phyno (Nigeria)
- Song writer of the year – Unique (Uganda)
- Special Recognition Award- King Sunny Ade (Nigeria)
- Best Artist/Duo/Group African Hiphop- Stanley Enow (Cameroon)
- Best Artist/Duo/Group African Ragga & Dancehall- Patoranking (Nigeria)
- Best Artist/Duo/Group African Traditional music- Zeynab (Benin)
- Best Artist/Duo/Group African Electro -Such (Zimbabwe)
- Best Artist/Duo/Group African RnB – Henok & Mehari Brothers (Ethiopia)
- Best Artist/Duo/Group in African Rock -M’vula (Angola)
- Best African Jazz – Jimmy Dludlu (South Africa)
- Best African Group -VVIP (Ghana)
- Best African Collaboration – Mbilo Mbilo by Eddy Kenzo (Uganda) ft Niniola (Nigeria)
- Video of the Year – Dogo Yaro by VVIP (Ghana)
- Revelation of the year – Falz (Nigeria)
- Album of the year – Ahmed Soultan (Morocco)
- Song of the year- Utanipenda Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
- Artist of the Year -Wizkid (Nigeria)