Ebere Chibuzor who attended this year’s All Africa Music Award (AFRIMA) at Eko Hotel in Lagos writes that the event is one sure way to promote African music and tourism
Judging by the huge number of tourists and guests who gathered recently at Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotel & Suites Victoria Island, Lagos for the All Africa Music Award, AFRIMA, there was no doubt that the event was designed to succeed.
As early as 7pm, stakeholders in African entertainment industry, artistes, music lovers, singers and VIPs had started to besiege the venue.
It was indeed, a crowded night as fans of AFRIMA stood in the queue waiting for an opportunity to register their invitation cards to enable them enter the convention centre as the entrance to the hall was already jam-packed. Although, the event was billed to commence from 7pm but it could not hold until 8pm when DJ Switch opened the stage with scintillating musical vibes.
In addition to the many performances from the five regions of Africa as led by joint rendition of Paul Simon’s ‘Diamond on the soles of her shoes’ by Cobhams Asuquo and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, there were surprises and emotions at this year’s AFRIMA award ceremony.
Some of this year’s big winners who went home with the priceless 23.9 Karat gold plated AFRIMA trophy are Charlotte Dipanda from Cameroon who went home with 3 awards; Album of the Year, Best Female in Central Africa, and Best Artist in African Contemporary. Diamond Platnumz from Tanzania also won Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Artist in Eastern Africa.
Cassper Nyovest from South Africa ,with his tack “Ghetto” has in his kit two awards; Best Male Artist in Southern Africa and Best Artiste in African Hip Hop While Kenya group singers, Souti Solgot Best African Group/Duo/ Band and producer of the Year.
Others are best female Artist in Eastern Africa was Tsedenia from Ethiopia with track “Yet Biye” while Ahmed Soultan from Morocco as best male Artist in Eastern Africa. Best female artist, Southern Africa, Busiswa South Africa with track “Lahla”.
A Cameroonian Stanley Enow won best male Artiste, Central Africa with track “King Kong” while Charlotte Dipanda best female arstist, Central Africa with track “Elle n’a pas Vu”.
Dare a Nigerian won with track “Pray For Me” as best male inspirational artiste, best Rock Artiste, Mvula. Best traditional artist, Gangbe brass band. kiss Daniel from Nigeria as most promising artist in Africa among others.
African artists who recorded their names on the award winners’ list are Vanessa Mdee (TSA), Yemi Alade (NIG), AKA (SA), Stanley Enow (CAM), Flavour (NIG), Tsedenia (ETH), Darey (NIG), M’vula (ANG), Olamide (NIG), Wiyaala (GHA), Adekunle Gold (NIG), Kiss Daniel (NIG), Jose Chameleone (UGA), Praiz (NIG) among others. Here is the list of AFRIMA 2015 winners:
The show witnessed an uncontrollable ecstasy when Wiyaala from Ghana and Ahmed Soultan from Morocco hit the stage with a yellow and a red power bikes while Oris Aigbokhaevbolo emerged as the best journalist of the year with a title “Going Country”.
It was touching, in other hands funny as Betty who was recognized as best female artist in inspirational came on stage with tears of joy. “It has been a very wonderful year. I started with tears and I ended with joy”, she said.
Interestingly, by 10:55pm, the award ceremony entered full swing when former Lagos State Governor, Senator Bola Ahmed was recognize as Africa Pillar of Arts and Culture and AFRIMA legendary award to the Ladysmith Black Mambazo for still staying strong after five decades.
Musicians, AFRIMA fans and fun seekers showed a measure of total commitment to this tourism outfit as all danced and wined throughout the event.
AFRIMA partners include TVC Entertainment, Zmirage, LASAA, impact Direct Encomium, GoldMyne, EMAGE BUILDER, PULSE ng, MPARTS, ONE and many others.
Apparently, with the effort of African Union, AU, as major partner, AFRIMA has deigned to recognize, promote and preserve Africa rich music culture.
The event was anchored by Davidson Ngibuimi fondly called by fans as DNG from Nairobi Kenya and Aurelle Elian.
– Ebere Chibuzor