Ghanaian dancehall artiste Stonebwoy and singer Wiyaala were Ghana’s only winners at the 2015 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) in Lagos, Nigeria Sunday night.
The two, from a list of Ghanaian nominees including Sarkodie and Efya, made the country proud when they won their categories at the awards event which held at the Eko Hotel and suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Stonebwoy and Wiyaala, in spite of stiff competition, emerged winners of the ‘Best African Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall’ and ‘Video of the Year’ respectively.
This award will be the dancehall artiste’s fourth in 24 hours. Born Livingstone Etse Satekla, Stonebwoy won three awards at the 2015 MTN 4Syte Music Video Awards at the Accra International Conference Centre Saturday.
He was adjudged ‘Best Reggae/Dancehall Video’, ‘Best Directed Video’ and ‘Most Influential Artiste’ at an awards event which had its fair share of flaws and disappointments including late start, poor sound and persistent technical hitches.
Wiyaala is not new to the AFRIMAs. In 2014, Wiyaala, born Noella Wiyaaka, swept two awards at the maiden edition of the awards also held in Lagos, Nigeria.
She received two 23.9-carat gold-plated trophies for ‘The Most Promising Artiste in Africa’ and ‘The Revelation of the African Continent’ awards.
The 2015 AFRIMA awards, put together by the International Committee of All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, in partnership with African Union Commission (AUC), awards music excellence on the African continent.
Apart from the two Ghanaians, some of this year’s big winners, who also received 23.9 karat gold-plated trophies, included Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz and South Africa’s Casper Nyovest.
Diamond bagged Song of the Year and the coveted Artist of the Year awards while Casper Nyovest won the Best Male in South Africa and also the Best Artist in African Hip-Hop.
Full list of winners below:
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
SONG OF THE YEAR
Diamond Platnumz – “Nasema Nawe”, featuring Khadijo Kopa
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Charlotte Dipanda – “Elle n’a pas vu”
BEST ARTIS IN AFRICA (RnB & Soul)
Praiz Adejo – Nigeria
BEST AFRICAN REGGAE, RAGGA & DANCEHALL
Stonebwoy – Ghana
BEST MALE ARTIST: INSPIRATIONAL CATEGORY
Darey – Nigeria
BEST FEMALE ARTIST: INSPIRATIONAL CATEGORY
Betty Akna- Equatorial Guinea
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Wiyaala – Ghana
BEST ARTIST IN AFRICAN POP
Vanessa Mdee – Tanzania
BEST ARTIST IN AFRICAN HIP HOP
Casper Nyovest – South Africa
BEST ARTIS IN AFRICAN ELECTRO
Flavour – Nigeria
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Sauti Sol and Cedric Kadenyi – Kenya
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR IN AFRICA
Joseph Chameleone – Uganda
REVELATION OF THE YEAR IN AFRICA
Adekunle Gold – Nigeria
MOST PROMISING ARTIST IN AFRICA
Kiss Daniel – Nigeria
BEST ARTIST IN AFRICAN CONTEMPORARY
BEST ARTIST IN AFRICAN JAZZ
Kunle Ayo – Nigeria
BEST MALE ARTIST IN WESTERN AFRICA
Olamide – Nigeria
BEST FEMALE ARTIST IN WESTERN AFRICA
Yemi Alade – Nigeria
BEST ARTIST IN AFRICAN ROCK
M’vula – Kenya
BEST AFRICAN GROUP
Sauti Sol- Kenya
BEST AFRICAN COLLABORATION
AKA(South Africa) and Burna Boy(Nigeria)
BEST FEMALE ARTIST IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
Busiswa Ngoku- South Africa
BEST MALE ARTIST IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
Casper Nyovest- South Africa
BEST FEMALE ARTIST IN NORTHERN AFRICA
BEST MALE ARTIST IN NORTHERN AFRICA
Ahmed Soultan- Morocco
BEST FEMALE ARTIST IN EASTERN AFRICA
Tsedenia Gebremarkos- Ethiopia
BEST MALE ARTIST IN EASTERN AFRICA
Diamond Platnumz- Tanzania
PILLAR OF CULTURE IN AFRICA
Bola Ahmed Tinubu (Jagaban)