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Here are the 2018 Afrima winners

The winners of the fifth All Africa Music Awards (Afrima) were recently announced in Accra, Ghana. The annual music event celebrates and rewards African talents who have done exceedingly well in the year.
With a total of 36 categories, the fifth Afrima winners are culled from the regional and continental categories. In addition, special recognition awards fully decided by the international committee of Afrima is awarded to individuals who have impacted positively to the world using their craft. The fifth Afrima Legendary award was given to the internationally recognised South African singer, Yvonne Chaka Chaka. The music legend, who is “dubbed Princess of Africa” has a career span of over 30 years with several hit albums, has performed for notable personalities within and outside the country.

Davido took the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) trophy for artist of the year in Accra on Saturday. Image: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

The executive governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, was awarded a special recognition for his contributions towards the growth and development of the arts and tourism sector of Lagos state, most importantly the role Lagos state played as official host of Afrima in its last four years.

In what turned out to be an emotional moment for the audience, a special recognition award was given to one of Ghana’s music veteran, Teddy Osei, the leader of the famous Osadebe group, an Afropop band created in 1969. The veteran who was helped to the stage in a wheelchair had been suffering from a mild stroke but was overwhelmed by such great honour.

The full list of winners:


Regional category


Best female artiste in Central Africa


Daphne - Jusqu'à La Gare, Cameroon

Best male artiste in Central Africa


FallyIpupa - Mannequin Ft. Keback&Naz, DRC

Best female artiste in Eastern Africa


Betty G - Mengedegna, Ethiopi

Best male artiste in Eastern Africa


Bebe Cool – Freedom, Uganda

Best female artiste in Northern Africa


LynaMahyemftMediMeyz - Bye Bye, Algeria

Best male artiste in Northern Africa


Hamza El Fadly – YaMraya, Morocco

Best female artiste in Southern Africa


Shekhinah - Please Mr, South Africa

Best male artiste in Southern Africa


Nasty C – Jungle, South Africa

Best female artiste in Western Africa


Tiwa Savage - Ma Lo Ft. Wizkid&Spellz, Nigeria

Best male artiste in Western Africa


Davido – Fia, Nigeria



Continental category


Album of the year


Betty G – Wegegta, Ethiopia

Artiste of the year


Davido – Fia, Nigeria

Best African video


Sesan - Gringo (Shatta Wale), Nigeria

Best African act in diaspora


Hazel Mak - Jaiva Ft. Roberto and Tay Grin, Malawi

Best African collaboration


Guiltybeatz, Mr Eazi, Patapaa, and Pappy Kojo – Akwaaba, Ghana-Nigeria

Best artiste, duo, or group in African contemporary


Kidi - Odo Remix Ft. Mayorkun and Davido, Ghana

Best artiste, duo, or group in African dance or choreography


Mr P – Ebeano, Nigeria

Best African DJ


Afrotronix – Oyo, Chad

Best artiste, duo, or group in African electro


Master Kg - Skeleton Move Ft. Zandazakuza, South Africa

Best African duo, group, or band


Toofan – Money, Togo

Best artiste, duo, or group in African hip-hop


M.Anifest Ft. King Promise - Me Ne Woa, Ghana

Best artiste, duo or group in African jazz


Sibusisomashiloane - Niza, South Africa

Best African rapper or lyricist


Falz - La Fête, Nigeria

Best artiste, duo or group in African pop


2baba - Amaka Ft. Peruzzi, Nigeria

Best artiste, duo, or group in African ragga, reggae, and dancehall


Stonebwoy  - Hero, Ghana

Best artiste, duo, or group in African RnB and soul


Praiz - Champagne And Flowers, Nigeria

Best artiste, duo, or group in African rock


Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca, Tamer Abu Ghazaleh – Ekaamaksour, Egypt

Best artiste, duo, or group in African traditional


Irene Namatovu – Nsambilanyumangajanzi, Uganda

Best female artiste in African inspirational music


Sandra Nankoma – Kaddugala, Uganda

Best male artiste in African inspirational music


Sarkodie - Glory Ft. Yung, Ghana

Most promising artiste in Africa


Kuami Eugene – Confusion, Ghana

Producer of the year


Fresh Vdm – Fia, Togo

Revelation of the African continent


Betty G - Ere Manew, Ethiopia

Song of the year


-Guiltybeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa, and Pappy Kojo – Akwaaba, Ghana

Songwriter of the year


Shekhinahdonell, Amon Taulochibiya Ii - Different Ft. Mariechan, South Africa

African fans’ favourite


Nedy Music - One And Only Ft. Ruby, Tanzania
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