Grammy award-winning Nigerian act Burna Boy has again proved that he’s truly the ‘African Giant, as he has been adjudged the Best Act in Africa at the 8th edition of the prestigious All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA held Sunday in Dakar, Senegal.
He also won the Best Album of Year award, beating the likes of the likes of South African Kabza De Small, Didi B from Côte d’Ivoire among others to clinch the award.
However, the Ivorian singer, Didi B went home with Song of the Year Award.
Other Nigerian singers that won awards on the night were Wizkid who walked away with Best Act in West Africa award, Davido (Best Male Act in African Inspirational Music) while Adekunle Gold won two awards: Best Act Group in African contemporary music and Best Act , Duo or Group in African Pop, featuring Davido.
Best Female Act in West Africa award went to Guinean singer, Manamba Kanye.
Nigerian singer Asake went home with Best Breakout Artiste of the year award.
In his acceptance speech, Asake, whose real name is Ahmed Ololade, said winning was a dream come true: “It started as a dream, but today, it’s a reality. Thanks to God, my label and to all my fans listening to my songs.”
Asake’s music dominated the Afrobeats music scene in 2022 with hit songs such as Sungba, Peace Be Unto You and Omo Ope, amongst others.
His music is known for its catchy Yoruba and Pidgin English lyrics, recognisable beat and his tagline – Ololade mi Asake – which listeners can hear at the start of several of his songs.
However, the artist faced tragedy in December 2022 when two people died at his concert in London after a crush at the venue.
There had been some controversy in the run-up to the awards, after people signed a petition for Nigerian singer Brymo to not win Songwriter of the Year, after he made a series of insulting tweets about Nigeria’s Igbo ethnic group.
More than 40,000 people signed the petition against the singer, whose real name is Olawale Ashimi.
In the end, Iba One from Mali won, while Brymo has since apologised, saying he did not mean to offend.
Senegal made history this year by becoming the first French-speaking African country to host the awards, which have a partnership with the African Union.
The awards night, which was held at the 15,000 capacity Dakar Arena in in Diamniadio, Senegal climaxed the four days festival of music to celebrate African music superstars.
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The glamorous event featured performances from Ghana’s rapper Black Sherif, Psquare among other acts.
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