AFRIMA 2016: Wizkid wins but Diamond Platnumz dominates

Nigerian popstar Wizkid continued his fine end of year run with yet another award, this time at the 2016 All Africa Music Awards which was held on Sunday 6 November in Lagos, Nigeria. But the night's biggest winner was Tanzania's Diamond Platnumz.

Diamond Platnumz was once again big winner at AFRIMA. Photo: Twitter
Diamond Platnumz was once again big winner at AFRIMA. Photo: Twitter

The ceremony also saw Nigerian King Sunny Ade honoured with a Special Recognition Award and tributes from artists such as Diamond Platnumz, Brymo and Aramide. The juju music legend was one of two artists so recognised, the other being Papa Wemba, the late Congolese musician who died in April this year during a concert.

The night of the award ceremony featured a variety of performances—in style and substance—from some of the continents finest acts, including the Soweto Gospel Choir, Seyi Shay, Dare Art-Alade, and Phyno.

Big winners of the night include last year's big winner Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) who won three awards including Song of the Year for 'Utanipenda' and Best Artiste in African Pop. Wizkid was named Artist of the Year, while Aramide’s win for the best female act in West Africa was perhaps the night’s biggest upset.

Other winners include collaborators Eddy Kenzo and Niniola, as well as BET winner Black Coffee who was named Best Male in Southern Africa. The performance given by Black Coffee's four-year old compatriot and colleague, DJ Arch Jnr, provided one of the night's highlight. 

The awards, backed by the African Union, had in attendance dignitaries such as the Nigerian Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, and the Governor of Lagos state, Akinwumi Ambode, among its distinguished guests. As with its other editions, the pan-African nature of the award involved attempts at showcasing a wide range of artists from the continent causing both a long list of winners and a five-hour ceremony. 

The award ceremony was preceded by well-attended industry talks and an all-night concert on Friday 5 November tagged AFRIMA Music Village at the Bar Beach Water front. In spite of organisational failings, the ceremony demonstrated its organisers' vision of becoming the foremost music award on the continent.

Full list of winners below.

Album of the Year
Ahmed Soultan (Morocco) - Music Has no Boundaries
Song Writer of the Year
Unique (Uganda) - Njogereza
Best African Group/Duo/Band
VVIP (Ghana) Dogo Yaro
Best African Collaboration
Eddy Kenzo and Niniola (Uganda & Nigeria) - Mbilo Mbilo
Most Promising Artist in Africa
Amine Aub (Morocco) - Feel the same
Best Artiste in African Contemporary
Flavour (Nigeria) - Mmege Mmege
Best Artiste in African Electro
Such (Zimbabwe) - You
Best Artiste in African Hip Hop
Stanley Enow (Cameroon) - Work Hard
Best Artiste in African Pop
 Diamond (Tanzania) - Utanipenda
Best Artiste in Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall
Patoranking (Nigeria) - No Kissing Baby
Best Artiste in African RnB &Soul
Henok and Mehari Brothers (Ethiopia) - Ewedi Shalehu
Best Artiste in African Traditional Music
Zainab (Benin) - Bolojo
AFRIMA Legendary Award
Manu Dibango (Cameroon)
Best Artiste in African Rock
M'vula (Angola) - Tristezase Alegrias
Best Female Artiste in Inspirational Music
Naomi Achu (Cameroon) - Busy Body
Best Male Artiste in Inspirational Music
Icha Kavons (DRC Congo) - Testimony
Video of the year in Africa
VVIP (Ghana) - Dogoyaro
Revelation of the African Continent
Falz (Nigeria) - Bad Baddo Baddest
Song of the Year
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) - Utanipenda
Producer of the Year
Kuseim (Uganda) - Mbilo Mbilo
Artiste of the Year
Wizkid (Nigeria) - Final (Baba Nla)
Best Artiste in African Jazz
Jimmy Dludlu (South Africa) - Ha Deva


Best Female in Central Africa
Bruna Tatiana (Angola) - Prometo Mudar
Best Male in Central Africa
Wax Dey (Cameroon) - Saka Makossa
Best Female artist in East Africa
Cindy Sanyu (Uganda) - Still Standing
Best Male in East Africa
Diamond Platinumz (Tanzania) - Utanipenda
Best Female Artist in Northern Africa
Zina Daoudia (Morocco) - La Waheed Wala Million
Best Male Artist in North Africa
DJ Van (Morocco) - #Woman
Best Female in Southern Africa
Sally Boss Madam (Namibia) - Natural
Best Male in Southern Africa
Black Coffee (South Africa) - Come with Me
Best Male artiste in West Africa
Flavour (Nigeria) - Dance
Best Female Artiste in West Africa
Aramide (Nigeria) - I don't Care


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