popular
Nasty C. Photo: Sabelo Mkhabela.

Burna Boy, Nasty C, Stonebwoy, Nadia Nakai & More Win 2019 AFRIMA Awards

Check out the full list of this year's winners.

The sixth annual All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) took place last night at the Eko Convention Centre in Lagos, Nigeria.

The yearly celebration—not to be confused with the Afrikan Musik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) which took place in October in Dallas—recognizes African musical talent from various regions of the continent. Several big name artists took home awards during last nights ceremony, which was hosted by Pearl Thusi and Eddie Kadi. Many nominees also performed at the AFRIMA Music Village Festival which took place on ahead of the awards show.

Burna Boy had a major night, winning Artist of the year and Best Male Artist in West Africa, while Tiwa Savage won Best Female Artist in West Africa. Nigerian newcomer, Joe Boy won Best Artiste in African pop. Ghanaian artist Stonebwoy won in the "Best Artist in African Reggae, Ragga or Dancehall" category.


Khaligraph Jones of Kenya won Best Male Artist in East Africa, while Nikita Kering of Kenya won Best Female Artist for the region. For the Central African region, Cameroon's Salatiel and Shan'L of Gabon won best male and female, respectively.

South Africa's Sjava won Best Male Artist for Southern African region and Nadia Nakai claimed the award for Best Female Artist. South Africa's Nasty C took home the award for Best African Rapper. For the North African region, Morocco's Amiinux and Nada Azhari won in the best male and female categories respectively.

Veteran Nigerian artist 2Baba and Congolese music veteran, Awilo Longomba both took home distinguished "Legendary Awards" during the show.

Check below for a full list of this year's winners.

2019 AFRIMA Winners:

  • Best Video Director Of The Year – Director Kenny, Tanzania
  • Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Rock – Rash, Kenya
  • Best Female Artiste Southern Africa – Nadia Nakai, South Africa
  • Revelation of the African Continent – Nikita Kering, Kenya
  • Best African DJ – DJ SPINALL, Nigeria
  • Best Male Artiste in Central Africa – Salatiel, Cameroon
  • Best Female Artist in Northern Africa – Nada Azhari, Morocco
  • Best Female Artist in Central Africa – Shan'L, Gabon
  • Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa – Amiinux, Morocco
  • Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa – Khaligraph Jones, Kenya
  • Artist of the Year in Africa – Burna Boy, Nigeria
  • Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Contemporary – 2face Idibia, Nigeria
  • Best Male Artist in Southern Africa – Sjava, South Africa
  • African Fans' Favourite – Mohamed Ramadan, Egypt
  • Album of the Year in Africa – Afrikan Sauce by Sauti Sol, Kenya
  • Best African Act in the Diaspora – Manno Beats, ft. Afrotronix & Vox Sambou, Chad
  • Best Male Artiste in Western Africa – Burna Boy, Nigeria
  • Best Female Artist in Western Africa – Tiwa Savage, Nigeria
  • Best Female Artist in Eastern Africa – Nikita Kering, Kenya
  • Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Pop – Joeboy, Nigeria
  • Best African Collaboration – Nasty C ft. Rowlene
  • Best African Artist, Duo or Group in African Electro – Manno Beats ft. Afrotronix & Vox Sambou
  • Best African Duo, Group or Band – Sauti Sol, Kenya
  • Best African Dance or Choreography – Aminux, Morocco
  • Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Hip Hop – Nadia Nakai, South Africa
  • Best African Rapper/Lyricist – Nasty C, South Africa
  • Best Artist, Duo in Group in African Jazz – Owen & Tiana, Gabon
  • Best Artist, Duo or Group in African R&B & Soul – Hillzy, Zimbabwe
  • Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Reggae, Ragga or Dancehall – Stonebwoy, Ghana
  • Best Artist, Duo or Group in African Traditional – Abrham Belanyeh, Ethiopia
  • Best Female Artist, Duo or Group in African Inspirational Music – Kanvee Adams, Liberia
  • Best Male Artist, Duo or Group in African Inspirational Music – Onesimus, Malawi
  • Best African Video – Director Kenny, Tanzania
  • Most Promising Artiste in Africa – Bráulio Alexandre, Angola
  • Producer of the Year in Africa – Kel P, Nigeria
  • Song of the Year in Africa – Fever by Wizkid, Nigeria
  • Songwriter of the Year in Africa – Kanvee Adams, Liberia
popular
(Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for AFI)

Cynthia Erivo Earns Golden Globe Nomination for 'Harriet'

Check out the full list of 2020 nominees (and the snubs).

Award-winning actress, Cynthia Erivo has earned a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman in Harriet. She's earned a nomination for Best Original Song for 'Stand Up."

She's nominated in the "Best Performance by an Actress In a Motion Picture—Drama" alongside Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson, Renée Zellwegger and Saoirse Ronan.

Keep reading... Show less
popular
Photo by Simon Maina /AFP for Getty Images

'Chalk Back' Sees Kenyan Women Fighting Back Against Street Sexual Harassment

Kenyan women and girls in Kibera are using chalk to literally document their experiences with sexual harassment on the very streets they've been harassed.

Kenyan women and girls living in Kibera, one of the largest informal settlements on the continent, are fed up with being sexually harassed daily on the streets by men.

In a campaign dubbed "Chalk Back", women and young girls are using chalk to document their experiences with sexual harassment on the same streets they've been harassed, according to the BBC.

Keep reading... Show less
popular
Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images

CNN Names Ethiopian Innovator Freweini Mebrahtu This Year's 'Hero of the Year'

Freweini Mebrahtu designed a reusable sanitary pad to help keep girls in school and has fought to end the cultural stigma around menstruation.

Last night, Ethiopia's Freweini Mebrahtu was been named CNN's "Hero of the Year". The award was in recognition of her work on menstruation and keeping girls in school as well as fighting to end the cultural stigma still attached to menstruation. Mebrahtu was also awarded USD 100 000 to help in expanding her work.

Keep reading... Show less
popular

Watch AKA’s Music Video for ‘F.R.E.E’ Featuring Riky Rick and DJ Tira

AKA shares the visuals for his chart-topping single 'F.R.E.E.'

AKA's single "F.R.E.E" is one of the most played songs on South African radio at the moment. The song, which has topped many charts on the country's stations, features fellow rapper Riky Rick and house producer, artist and disk jockey Tira.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.