Full Nominees List For AFRIMMA Awards 2017


The African Muzik Magazine Awards AFRIMMA has today unveiled the nominees list for the 4th edition of the biggest African music awards in the Diaspora. Following the outstanding success of the 1st ,2nd and third editions, AFRIMMA 2014 , AFRIMMA 2015 & AFRIMMA 2016 respectively; anticipation and expectations have hit the roof for this year’s edition set to hold in Dallas on October 8th, 2017. Some of Africa’s big hitters and the most impressive names on the African music scene in the past calendar year earned a mention in highly competitive categories. Wizkid, Flavour, Davido, Sarkodie, Aka are joined by fresh faces like Mr Leo , Mr Eazi, Runtown andmany more on the AFRIMMA 2017 Nominees list.

Celebrating African music and heritage , the 4th edition of the annual African Muzik Magazine Awards AFRIMMA promises to be another festival of African music and the nominees list has set off the massive countdown to 08/10/16. Start Voting at www.afrimma.com and Get your tickets now.Peep the Normination List below and share your thoughts.

Best Male West Africa

Wizkid – Nigeria
Falz – Nigeria
Serge Beynaud – Ivory Coast
Mr Eazi – Nigeria
Toofan – Togo
Moh Dediouf – Senegal
Davido – Nigeria
Stonebwoy – Ghana
Tekno – Nigeria
Kedejevara DJ (Ivory Coast)

Best Female West Africa

Tiwa Savage – Nigeria
Yemi Alade – Nigeria
Efya – Ghana
Adiouza – Senegal
Becca – Ghana
Josey – Ivory Coast
Mz Vee – Ghana
Simi – Nigeria

Best Male East Africa

Eddy Kenzo – Uganda
Diamond Platnumz – Tanzania
Jacky Gosee – Ethiopia
Ali Kiba – Tanzania
Navio – Uganda
Bebe Cool – Uganda
Sauti Sol – Kenya
Dynamq – South Sudan
Nyashinski – Kenya
Darasa – Tanzania

Best Female East Africa

Victoria Kimani – Kenya
Vanessa Mdee – Tanzania
Ester Aweke – Ethiopia
Avril – (Kenya)
Lady Jaydee (Tanzania)
Knowles Butera – Rwanda
Irene Ntale – Uganda
Akothee – Kenya
Dayna Nyange – Tanzania

Best Male Central Africa

Fally Ipupa – Congo
Magasco – Cameroon
Ferre Golla – DRC
C4 Pedro – Angola
Stanley Enow – Cameroon
Anselmo Ralph – Angola
Maitre Gims – (Congo)
Werrason – DRC

Best Female Central Africa

Laurette La Perle – Congo
Betty Akna – Equitorial Guinea
Syssi Mananga – Cameroon
Ary – Angola
Rennis – Cameroon
Arielle T – Gabon
Nsoki – angola

Best Male Southern Africa

Donald – South Africa
Black Coffee – South Africa
The Dogg – Namibia
Jah Prayza – Zimbabwe
Nasty C – South Africa
Emtee – South Africa
Roberto – Zambia
Casper Nyomvest- South Africa
Aka – South Africa

Best Female Southern Africa

Babes Wodumo – South Africa
Miss Lira – South Africa
Ice Queen Cleo – Zambia
Lizha James – Mozambique
Pah Chihera – Zimbabwe
Sally Boss Madam – Namibia
Zahara – South Africa
Chikune – Namibia
Bucie- South Africa

Best Male North Africa

Amr Diab – Egypt
Tamer Hosny – Egypt
Chawki – Morocco
Ahmed Soultan – Morocco
Douzi – Morocco
Ayman Alatar- Morocco
Khaled -Algeria

Saber Rebai – Tunisia

* Best Female North Africa

Samira Said – Morrocco
Ibtissam Tiskat – Morocco
Angham – Egypt
Sandy – Egypt
Amal Maher – Egypt
Latifa – Tunisia
Amani Swissi – Tunisia
Sarah Ayoub – Morocco

Best African Group

Sauti Sol – Kenya
Radio & Weasel – Uganda
Toofan – Togo
Bracket – Nigeria
Mi Casa – South Africa
R2bee’s – Ghana
Bana C4 – Congo
Yamoto Band – Tanzania
Forca Suprema- Angola

Crossing Boundaries With Music Award

C4 Pedro (Angola)
Wizkid (Nigeria)
Young Paris – (Congo)
French Montana- Morocco
MHD – Senegal
Ayo Jay – Nigeria
King Kanja – (Kenya)
Wale (Nigeria )
Jidenna (Nigeria)
Maleek Berry (Nigeria)

Best Gospel

Frank Edwards – Nigeria
Uche Agu – Nigeria
Willy Paul – Kenya
SP Koffi Sarpong – Ghana
Icha Kavons – Congo
Ntokozo Mbambo – South Africa
Nathaniel Bassey – Nigeria
Sonnie Badu – Ghana

Best Newcomer

Dremo – Nigeria
Medikal – Ghana
Ray Vanny – Tanzania
Preto Show- Angola
Maleek Berry – Nigeria
Mr Leo – Cameroon
Nathi – South Africa
Julz – Ghana
Niniola – Nigeria
Zani Challe – Malawi

Artist of The Year

Flavour (Nigeria)
Diamond Platnumz ( Tanzania)
Fally Ipupa- Congo
Wizkid (Nigeria)
Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Davido – (Nigeria)
Eddy Kenzo – Ugandan
Tekno – Nigeria
Mr Eazi – Nigeria
C4 Pedro – Angola

Dancehall Act of the Year

Timaya – Nigeria
Stonebwoy – Ghana
Jah Prayza – Zimbabwe
Burna Boy – Nigeria
Samini – Ghana
Patoranking – Nigeria
Shatta Wale – Ghana
Buffalo Souljah- Zimbabwe

Best Video Director

Daps – Nigeria
Justin Campos – South Africa
Sesan – Nigeria
Clarence Peters – Nigeria
Patrick Elis- Nigeria
Shammack -Cameroon
Enos Olik – Kenya
Savy Filmz – Uganda
Avalon Okpe- Nigeria
Godfather- South Africa

Best Dj Africa

Dj Spinall – Nigeria
Dj Joe MFalme – Kenya
Dj Black Coffee – South Africa
Dj Exclusive – Nigeria
Dj Kalonje – Kenya
Dj D-Ommy – Tanzania
Dj Paulo Paulo Alves – Angola
Dj Crème Delacreme- Kenya
DJ Nyce- Ghana

Best African Dj USA

Dj Tunez – Nigeria
Dj Wagura – Ethiopia
Dj FreshyK- Nigeria
Dj Deemoney – Nigeria
Dj Silent Killa – Carribeans
Dj Akua – Ghana
Dj Fully Focus -Kenya
Dj Rell – Sierra Leone
Dj Poison Ivy – Kenya
Dj Mike Kiss- Carribeans

AFRIMMA Video of The Year

Toofan – Terre (Togo)
Davido – If (Nigeria)
Wizkid – Come Closer (Nigeria)
Runtown – Mad Over You (Nigeria)
Casper Nyovest – Tito Mboweni (South AFrica)
Emtee ft Nasty C – Winning (South Africa)
Diamond Platnumz ft Ray Vanny – Salome (Tanzania)
Victoria Kimani ft Donald – Fade Away(Kenya/South Africa)
Fally Ipupa – Eloko Iyo (Congo)
C4 Pedro ft Sautisol- Love again (Angola/Kenya)

Music Producer of The Year

Dj Breezy – Nigeria
Masterkraft – Nigeria
Dr Fizol – Uganda
Julz – Ghana
Visita – Kenya
Tweezy – South Africa
Tud Thomas – Tanzania
Krissbeatz – Nigeria
Del B – Nigeria
Sidikiba Diabate – Mali

Best African Dancer

Kaffy Dancequeen – Nigeria
Korra Obidi – Nigeria
Nabile Danser – South Africa
Sherri Silver – Rwanda
La Petite Zota – Ivory Coast
Manuel Canza Laurenzo – Angola
Moses Iyobo – Tanzania
Brenda Derry – Cameroon
Ghetto Triplet Kids(Uganda)
Eddy Wizzy Dances (Uganda)

Best Rap Act

Phyno – Nigeria
Olamide – Nigeria
Aka – South Africa
Sarkodie – Ghana
Casper Nyovest – South Africa
King Kaka Sungura – Kenya
Octopizzo – Kenya
Prodigio – Angola
Falz – Nigeria
Song of The Year

Runtown – Mad over you (Nigeria)
Davido – if (Nigeria )
Diamond Platnumz ft Rayvanny – Salome (Tanzania)
Babe Wodumo ft Mampintsha – Wololo (South Africa )
Wizkid – Come Closer(Nigeria)
Caspper Nyovest – Tito Mboweni(South Africa)
Fally Ipupa – Eloko Iyo(Congo)
Toofan – Terre (Togo)
Darasa ft Ben Pol – Muziki (Tanzania)
MHD- Bravo (Guinea Conakry)

Best Francophone

Sidikiba Diabate – Mali
Moh Dediouf – Guinea Conakry
Dj Arafat – Ivory Coast
Toofan – Togo
Hiro- Congo
Fally Ipupa – Congo
Maitre Gims – (Congo)
Adiouza – Senegal
Daphne – Cameroon
Serge Beynaud – Ivory Coast

Best Lusophone

C4Pedro- Angola
Nsoki – Angola
Ary- Angola
Yola Semedo- Angola
Yasmine (Guinea)
Calema (Sao Tome)
Anselmo Ralph- Angola
Nelson Freitas- Cape Verde
Mr Bow- Mozambique
Djodje- Cape Verde

Best Sound Engineer

MixMonster- Nigeria
Suka sounds- Nigeria
Ogopa Brothers- Kenya
Tud Thomas- Tanzania
Sheyman- Nigeria
Kaywa- Ghana
Twizzy – South Africa
Bebe Philip – Ivory Coast


  1. On Saturday, 2,000 final year students of six tertiary institutions
    in Lagos State will begin the first of 24 sessions for the second edition of the Ready Set Work
    (RSW), a skill and employability initiative of
    the Lagos State government aimed at preparing young graduates for the labour market.

    The students were selected from the three institutions that participated
    in the maiden edition last year and another three schools.
    The schools include Lagos State University (LASU), Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), and Lagos State College of Health Technology.

    Participants were also drawn from Michael Otedola College of Primary Education,
    (MOCPED), Norforija, Epe, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Ijanikin, and the University of
    Lagos (UNILAG).

    Unlike the other schools, UNILAG is not owned by the Lagos State government,
    but the opportunity was extended to its students on the request of Governor
    Akinwunmi Ambode, who is an alumnus of the school.

    During the 13-week programme, the students will be exposed to sessions by industry leaders,
    soft skills, employability and entrepreneurship training that would culminate
    in a business grant competition and paid internship placement in reputable companies for the best of the

    Skills they would gain include: critical thinking, team
    work, analytical, problem solving, creativity, communication, how
    to run businesses, among others.

    With the inclusion of two colleges of education this year, there
    would also be a teaching tract to expose trainee teachers to skills needed to deliver quality tuition in a
    21st century classroom.

    Last year, 192 successful students out of 500 were
    placed on six-month paid internships with firms like PWC, SystemSpecs, First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Guaranty Trust (GT) Bank, Access Bank,
    Total and others.

    This year, the Special Adviser on Education, Mr Obafela
    Bank-Olemoh, whose office is driving the project, said efforts are being made to increase the internship
    slots to 700.

    Ahead of the programme, led a team to all the institutions to sensitize students
    to register and prepare to do things differently.
    He said the programme was the Lagos State government’s response to the problem of unemployable graduates from schools, and warned them that punctuality and regular attendance were necessary
    for graduation.

    He said: “RSW is an opportunity for you to improve your skills. For those that will get into the programme, I ask you to give your best. It is serious business; it is for people who want to get ahead in life. We start 9am -5pm. If you are late we will shut the doors. You have to attend 21 out of 24 sessions to get a certificate,” he said.

    Bank-Olemoh also said that participants that will
    take part next year would have to register this year and complete an online course to make them eligible for
    the programme next year.

    “For this year, we will have face-to-face classes for 2,000 people, while we will open the RSW Academy online for 10,000 students in their penultimate year. They will take online courses for three to six months. If you don’t take part in your penultimate year, you cannot take part in your final year,” he said.

    Alumni of the Season 1 of the RSW shared testimonies of how the
    programme changed their lives.

    Jamiewill Onotoju, a graduate of LASPOTECH who interned at Total, said RSW taught him punctuality and accountability, which stood
    him out during his internship. He urged those coming behind
    to be committed.

    “Every day, I got to work by 6.15am though I live at Ikorodu. My bosses wondered how I made it when even workers don’t get there that early. RSW taught us to be accountable. When my boss asked about 12noon what I had done each day, I was able to tell him a number of things. He asked if I anticipated the question,” said Onotoju.


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