|The hosts - globally renowned African music star, 2Baba Idibia and |
Togo’s bilingual radio and TV personality, Marisse Akotie
The 2014 All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, brought together some of the best talents from the five regions of the continent to the 2014 main award ceremony held on Saturday, December 27, at the Grand Ballroom, Oriental Hotel, Lagos Nigeria.
Starting from the red carpet to the stage embellishments, Africa’s enduring cultural heritage and creativity were on display at the highly-anticipated awards ceremony that also welcomed guests which included African Union Commission, AUC, officials, government officials from ministries of culture, ministries of trade and industry and captains of industry across Africa.
The ceremony, produced by PRM Africa, a Lagos-based PR, Brand Communication and Event Production Agency, was conceptualised around African cultural themes ranging from the rich Egyptian heritage of the Pharaoh era to the earthy depth of the artistically intricate Benin Kingdom, the folklore and oratory skills of the West Africans and the fierce power of the Zulu Kingdom.
The event’s 14 ushers wore the Benin queen and Egyptian queen attires –seven apiece, while the 16-man strong security team wore the traditional regalia of Zulu warriors of South Africa to man the event venue and the red carpet area where guests were treated to assorted drinks, finger foods, photo shoots and interview sessions.
AFRIMA 2014 opened with a dramatic appearance on stage of the 11 feet high ‘Adagbe’ drum; arguably the world’s tallest drum -rhythmically beaten by drummers on stilts while fire breathers brought a fiery glow to the performance. The capacity audience was further awed by the presence of veteran Nigerian culturist and actor, Pa Peter Fatomilola who emerged on stage to chant a litany of prayers and proverbs in Yoruba language.
THE HOSTS AND PERFORMANCES
The event was hosted by globally renowned African music star, 2Baba Idibia and Togo’s bilingual radio and TV personality, Marisse Akotie with the first music performance by 2Baba in his regal royal outfit of a Pharaoh -a ruler in ancient Egypt- to perform his hit single Odi Ya to backing choreography by 54 children representing the 54 countries on the African continent. .
|Wiyaala from Ghana performing on stage at the 2014 AFRIMA award|
Other sizzling performances came from top African performing artistes such as Dear Zim from Zimbabwe; Wiyaala from Ghana; Radio and Weasel from Uganda; Bez, TemiDollface, Niyola, Timi Dakolo, Oritsefemi, Davido all from Nigeria among others.
THE AWARDS, THE WINNERS
Nigeria artistes also took home the highest number of trophies, 13 in total, with O.B.O crooner, Davido, carting away four of the coveted 29.3 carat gold-plated AFRIMA trophies.
|L-R Hosts, 2Face, Marisse Acotie and Davido|
2Baba won the Best African R’n’B & Soul category endorsed by Channel O; Inspirational Singer, Nikki Laoye won Best Female Artist in African Inspirational Music.
|2Face from Nigeria admiring his Best RnB award trophy endorsed by Channel O|
|Nikki Laoye from Nigeria winner of the Best Female Artist in Inspirational Music|
Afrobeat creator, late Fela Anikulapo Kuti received the AFRIMA Legend Award which was presented by the Head of Culture Division, Social Affairs Department, African Union Commission, Mrs. Angela Martins and received on Fela’s behalf by his first daughter, Yeni Kuti.
Other African winners include Dear Zim from Zimbabwe for Best African Rock; Ahmed Soultan for Best Male Artist North Africa; Cindy Munyavi for Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa; Vanessa Mdee from Tanzania for Best Female Artist in East Africa and many more.
|Dear Zim from Zimbabwe winner of the Best African Rock award kissing his trophy at the AFRIMA award|
|L-R: Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa, AFRIMA 2014, Cindy Munyavi (Zimbabwe) and Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa, AFRIMA 2014, Ahmed Soultan (Morocco)|
Some presenters of awards for night also include Rikki Stein, international adviser of AFRIMA (UK), Kenny Ogungbe (Nigeria), Delani Makhalima (Zimbabwe), Peter Mscheu (Tanzania), OJB Jezreel (Nigeria), Tee Mac (Nigeria), Ahmed Soultan (Morocco), Steve Ayorinde (Nigeria), Davina Green (Zimbabwe), Richmir Totah (Republic du Benin), Cossy Orjiakor (Nigeria), Dear Zim (Zimbabwe) among others.
|L-R: Nollywood actress, Cossy Orjiakor and Zimbabwe Rock star, Dear Zim on stage to present award at the All Africa Music Awards ceremony|
AFRIMA, in partnership with the African Union Commission, is a platform to reward the creative excellence of African talents and provide a platform to showcase the culture of Africa globally. The 2014 awards ceremony was supported by ONE.org, Africa 2.0, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation. Corporate sponsors are Kenya Airways, Procter and Gamble, Peugeot and Diamond Bank.
|L-R International Flutist and former PMAN president, Tee Mac, Daughter of late Afro Beat Legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Yeni Kuti and Rikki Stein, AFRIMA International Adviser (UK)|
2014 AFRIMA Awards Winners’ List
Album of the Year
Title:Baddest Guy Ever Liveth
Best Female Artiste in Inspirational Music
Nikki Laoye (Nigeria)
Track: Only You
Best Male Artiste in Inspirational Music
Bro. Philemon feat. Morris (Ghana)
Track:It is Well
Song Writer of the Year
Olawale Ashimi (Brymo)Nigeria
Best African Group/Duo/Band
Paul and Peter Okoye (P-Square)Nigeria
Best African Collaboration
D’Banj and Friends (19 countries in Africa)
Track:Cocoa Na Chocolate
Most Promising Artist in Africa
Track:Rock My Body
Best African Contemporary
Angelique Kidjo (Benin)
Track: Shango Wa
Best African Electro
Mi Casa (South Africa)
Best African Hip Hop
Best African Pop
Best African Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall
Radio and Weasel (Uganda)
Track: Breath Away
Best RnB & Soul (Brought To You By Channel O)
Track: Dance in the Rain
Best African Traditional Music
Adjiboye (Benin) and Yinka Ayanda (Nigeria)
Track: Inna and Ise
Best African Rock
Dear Zim (Zimbabwe)
Bez (Kemi Adetiba) Nigeria
Revelation of the African Continent
Wiyaala feat. Jupitar (Ghana)
Track: Rock My body
Song of the Year
Producer of the Year
Don Jazzy (Nigeria)
Robbie Malinga & Mojalefa Thebe (South Africa)
Artiste of the Year
Best Female in Central Africa
Laurette La Perle (DR Congo)
Track: Lembo La Mboka Ame
Best Male Artist in Central Africa
Fally Ipupa (DR Congo)
Best Female Artist in East Africa
Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania)
Best Male Artist in East Africa
Diamond Platinumz (Tanzania)
Track: Number One
Best Female Artist in North Africa
Noura Mint Seymale (Mauritania)
Best Male Artist in North Africa
Ahmed Soultan (Morocco)
Track :It’s Alright
Best Female Artist in Southern Africa
Cindy Munyavi (Zimbabwe)
Track: Parere Moyo
Best Male Artist in Southern Africa
Heavy K feat. Professor (South Africa)
Track: Beautiful War
Best Female artiste in West Africa
Angelique Kidjo (Benin)
Track: Shango Wa
Best Male Artiste in West Africa
AFRIMA Legendary Award
Fela Anikulapo Kuti (Nigeria)