Nigerian pop star Davido continued his impressive global showing on Saturday as he was named artiste of the year at the 5th All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) held in Accra, Ghana.
The 26-year-old won the award for his song ‘Fia’.
He beat off competition from Tiwa Savage (Nigeria), ‘Ma Lo’, Betty G (Ethiopia), ‘Wegegta’; Daphne (Cameroon), ‘My Lover’, and Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania), ‘Sikomi’.
Other nominees in the category were Maitre Grims (DRC) featuring Vianney, ‘La Meme’; Nasty C (South Africa), ‘Jungle’; Starboy (Nigeria), ‘Soco’, and Kwesta (South Africa) featuring Wale, ‘Sprit’.
Special recognition awards fully decided by the International Committee of AFRIMA were given to South Africa’s Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Ghana’s Teddy Osei of the famous Osibisa group.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was awarded a special recognition for his contributions towards the growth and development of the arts and tourism sector of Lagos State and the role the state played as official host of AFRIMA from 2014 – 2017.
There were performances from 2face Idibia, Fally Ipupa, 10-year old Ghanaian DJ Switch and several others.
Below is the full list of winners
Best female artiste in Central Africa; Daphne (Cameroon) ‘Jusqu’à La Gare’
Best male artiste in Central Africa; Fally Ipupa (DRC) featuring Keback and Naz ‘Mannequin’
Best female artiste in Eastern Africa; Betty G (Ethiopia) ‘Mengedegna’.
Best male artiste in Eastern Africa; Bebe Cool (Uganda) ‘Freedom’
Best female artiste in Northern Africa; Lyna Mahyem featuring Medi Meyz (Algeria) ‘Bye Bye’
Best male artiste in Northern Africa; Hamza El Fadly (Morocco) ‘Ya Mraya’
Best female artiste in Southern Africa; Shekhinah (South Africa) ‘Please Mr’
Best male artiste in Southern Africa; Nasty C (South Africa) ‘Jungle’
Best Female Artiste in Western Africa; Tiwa Savage (Nigeria) featuring Wizkid and Spellz ‘Ma Lo’
Best male artiste in Western Africa; Davido (Nigeria) ‘Fia’
Album of the year; Betty G (Ethiopia) ‘Wegegta’
Artiste of the year; Davido (Nigeria) ‘Fia’
Best African video; Sesan (Nigeria) Shatta Wale ‘Gringo’ (Shatta Wale)
Best African act in diaspora; Hazel Mak (Malawi) featuring Roberto and Tay Grin ‘Jaiva’
Best African collaboration; GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa and Pappy Kojo (Ghana-Nigeria) ‘Akwaaba’
Best artiste, duo or group in African contemporary; Kidi (Ghana) featuring Mayorkun and Davido ‘Odo’ Remix
Best artiste, duo or group in African dance or choreography; Mr P (Nigeria) ‘Ebeano’
Best African DJ; Afrotronix (Chad) ‘Oyo’
Best artiste, duo or group in African electro; Master KG (South Africa) featuring Zanda Zakuza ‘Skeleton Move’
Best African duo, group or band; Toofan (Togo) ‘Money’
Best artiste, duo or group in African hip hop; M.anifest (Ghana) featuring King Promise ‘Me Ne Woa’
Best artiste, duo or group in African jazz; Sibusiso Mashiloane (South Africa) ‘Niza’
Best African rapper or lyricist; Falz (Nigeria) ‘La Fête’
Best artiste, duo or group in African pop: 2Baba (Nigeria) featuring Peruzzi ‘Amaka’
Best artiste, duo or group in African ragga, reggae & dancehall; Stonebwoy (Ghana) ‘Hero’
Best artiste, duo or group in African R&B and soul; Praiz (Nigeria) ‘Champagne and Flowers’
Best artiste, duo or group in African rock; Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca, Tamer Abu Ghazaleh (Egypt) ‘Ekaa Maksour’
Best artiste, duo or group in African traditional; Irene Namatovu (Uganda) ‘Nsambila Nyuma Nga Janzi’
Best female artiste in African inspirational music; Sandra Nankoma (Uganda) ‘Kaddugala’
Best male artiste in African inspirational music; Sarkodie (Ghana) featuring Yung ‘Glory’
Most promising artiste in Africa; Kuami Eugene (Ghana) ‘Confusion’
Producer of the year; Fresh VDM (Togo) ‘Fia’
Revelation of the African continent; Betty G (Ethiopia) ‘Ere Manew’
Song of the year; GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa and Pappy Kojo (Ghana) ‘Akwaaba’
Songwriter of the year; Shekhinah Donell, Amon Taulo Chibiya II, Mariechan (South Africa) ‘Different’
African fans’ favourite; Nedy Music (Tanzania) featuring Ruby ‘One and Only’