After all the buzz and hype, the second edition of All Africa Music Awards AFRIMA 2015 finally held amidst pomp and pageantry. The red carpet which was anchored by the hyper active, Denrele and his gang, kicked off by 6pm as celebs waltzed the long red carpet and the numerous photographers positioned to get good shots of African celebs and guests who came to Eko Hotel & Suites. The main event anchored by DNG started past 8pm.
From the aesthetically well-built stage and glittering montage, veteran folklore artiste and cultural icon, Jimi Solanke welcomed the audience and spoke about the uniqueness of African culture after which he presented Cobhams and LadySmith Black Mambazzo as they jointly sang Paul Simon’s ‘Diamond on the soles of her shoes’. That set the tone of the event.
Charlotte Dipanda, Diamond Platinumz Win Big
At first it appeared as if the Eastern and Southern African artistes stole the show going with the most awards. Some of this year’s big winners who went home with the priceless 23.9 Karat gold plated AFRIMA trophy are Charlotte Dipanda from Cameroon who went home with 3 awards; Album of the Year, Best Female in Central Africa, and Best Artiste in African Contemporary. Diamond Platnumz from Tanzania also won Artiste of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa. The few Nigerian artistes (eight of them out of the many categories) that went with awards were Kiss Daniel, Adekunle Gold, Yemi Alade, Olamide, Praiz, Flavour, Darey and Kunle Ayo. The entertainment journalist of the year also went to a Nigerian journalist, Oris Aigbokhaevbolo for his write-up, ‘Going Country: Nashville-Lives.
There were various scintillating performances from the five regions of the continent. From Darey who sang his melodious ‘Pray For Me’ to others like Strong Girl by Waje & Victoria Kimani & Diamond. The triple award winner, Diamond also thrilled the audience. Olamide rounded up the show dishing out some of his songs like Duro Soke, Awons Goons Mi, Skeke Logun Ske, Eleda Mi, Shakiti Bobo to the delight of fans.
One of the high points of the award ceremony was the honour bestowed on the former Lagos State Governor, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Africa Pillar of Arts and Culture and AFRIMA legendary award to the Ladysmith Black Mambazo for still staying strong after five decades. Mike Dada, the executive producer of AFRIMA says that the award was a platform to leverage communicating the strength of Africa to the world for global competitiveness.
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