The night’s big winner was Wizkid. The Nigerian took two of the most important awards—Artist of the Year and Song of the Year—along with the Best Male West Africa award. Tiwa Savage won the female equivalent of the award.
Morocco took both the male and female categories in the Northern Africa categories. South Africa did same for the southern categories, Emtee and Thandiswa coming out tops. Emtee’s win came at the expense of other popular South African artists including the veteran Hugh Masekela.
In East Africa, Tanzania and Ethiopia shared the honours, Nandy emerging triumphant in the female category and Henoka and Mehari Brothers winning the Male category. Salif Keita and Oliver Mtukudzi received the African Legend Award.
Wizkid’s compatriot Simi took the Songwriter of the Year award, which means Nigeria was a major winner in the most prestigious categories. Uganda’s Eddy Kenzo winning Album of the Year stopped the West African country from a complete domination of those categories.
Togolese group Toofan, who put up a high-energy performance at the Eko Hotel Convention Centre venue, took the Best Pop award. The jazz category was won by South Africa’s Nduduzo Makhatini. Full list of winners below:
Check out the full list of winners below;
Best Central African Act (Male) – Locko
Best Central African Act (Female) – Montess
Best East African Act (Male) – Eddy Kenzo
Best East African Act (Female) – Nandy
Best Southern Africa Act (Male) – Emtee
Best West African Act (Male) – Wizkid
Best West African Act (Female) – Tiwa Savage
Best African Collaboration – Alikiba feat M.I – ‘AJE’
Best Artiste in African Rock – Gilad Millo (Kenya)
Best Artiste or Group in African RnB & Soul – Alikiba feat. M.I – ‘AJE’
Best Artiste or Group in African Contemporary: DJ Tunez feat. Wande Coal – ‘Iskaba’
Best Artiste or Group in African Raggae & Dancehall – 2Baba – ‘Holy Holy’
Best Artiste or Group in African Hip Hop – Ycee – ‘Juice’
Best Artiste of Group in African Pop – Toofan
Video of the Year – Orezi x Adasa Cookey – ‘Cooking Pot’
Best Female Artiste in Inspirational Music: Asikey George
African Songwriter of the Year – Simi
Producer of the Year – DJ Coublon for Seyi Shay’s ‘Yolo Yolo’
Artiste of the Year – Wizkid
Song of the Year – Wizkid feat. Drake – ‘Come Closer’
Congrats to everyone who won their categories, we look forward to greater hits from every artistes in the coming year.