Wizkid, Tiwa Savage & More on the 2016 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) Nominee List


The African Union and the 13-man Jury of the All Africa Music Awards, have unveiled the Nominees List for the 2016 edition of AFRIMA, the continent’s leading music awards.

The highly anticipated Nominees List for the 2016 awards tagged AFRIMA 3.0. was announced to the world media during the week.

In attendance were officials of the African Union Commission, members of the AFRIMA Jury, members of the International Committee of AFRIMA, past AFRIMA winners and nominees, media executives and other stakeholders in the creative/entertainment industries of Africa.

According to the Moderator of the adjudication process, Mr. Mike Strano, about 2700 entries from African music professional were received during the period of May 20, 2015 to July 30, 2016. Describing the nominations process as careful and thorough, Mr. Strano harped on the Jury’s resolve to be fair and transparent.


“The Jury is very careful about being accurate right from the process of verifying eligibility of entries to the process collating and finalising results. It is an evolving process but one we work painstakingly at to ensure transparency and fairness”, Strano explained.

Speaking further Mike Strano who is the Regional Director, Eastern Africa/Co-Producer, AFRIMA said, “There are 34 categories of the award but only 10 are released for now, which are the Regional Categories. A new category introduced this year is the “People’s Choice Award” which comes out from a healthy debate by the International Committee of AFRIMA and the Jury.”

The Best Female Artistes and Best Male Artistes of the five regions have been released while the nominees in the continental categories will follow suit seven days after.

And the Nominees are…

Best Female Artist in Southern Africa

Lira – Let there be Light (South Africa)

Lizha James -Chocolate (Mozambique)

Pah Chihera -Nemoyo (Zimbabwe)

Sally Boss Madam – Natural (Namibia)

Zahara – Imali (South Africa)

Zonke -reach it (South Africa)

Best Male Artist in Southern Africa

AKA – Composure (South Africa)

Anatii & Cassper Nyovest – Jump (South Africa)

Black Coffee – Jump (South Africa)

Dizu Plaatjies – Inkomo (South Africa)

DJ Maphorisa – Soweto Baby (South Africa)

Jah Prayzah – Hello (Zimbabwe)

Kwesta – Ngud’ (South Africa)

Best Female Artist in Northern Africa

Amah Meher – Ezay Fatetny (Egypt)

Angham -Wahda Kamla (Egypt)

Latifa – Ya Hayati (Tunisia)

Samira Said – Mahassalash (Morocco)

Zina Daoudia – La Waheed Wala Milion (Morocco)

Sarah Ayoub – Ahwak (Morocco)

Best Male Artist in Northern Africa

Ahmed Soultan – Afrobian (Morocco)

Ahmed Chawki – Tsunami (Morocco)

Amir Diab – Al Qahira Cairo (Egypt)

Ayman Alatar – Fi Galbi Kalam (Libya)

DJ Van feat. Tyrane – #Woman (Morocco)

Hatim Ammor – Alawal (Morocco)

H-Name – Wach Rak Nachet (Morocco)

Best Female Artist in Central Africa

Bruna Tatiana – Prometo Mudar (Angola)

Daphne Ndolo – Ndolo (Cameroun)

Mani Bella – Qui Cherche Trouve (Cameroun)

Naomi Achu – Busy Body (Cameroun)

Reniss – La Sauce (Cameroun)

Syssi Mananga – Juste Un Peu (Rep. of Congo)

Best Male Artist in Central Africa

C4 Pedro – Spetxa (Angola)

Ferre Gola -Tucheze (DRC)

Franko – Coller la Petite (Cameroun)

Jovi -Zele (Cameroun)

Wax Dey – Saka Makossa (Cameroun)

Werrason – Yo te (Cameroun)

Best Female Artist in Eastern Africa

Avril – No Stress (Kenya)

Cindy Sanyu -Still Standing (Uganda)

Fikeraddia Nekatebeb – Misekir (Ethiopia)

Juliana Kanyomozi – Twalina Omukwano (Uganda)

Victoria Kimani – Booty Bounce (Kenya)

Best Male Artist in Eastern Africa

Alikiba – Aje (Tanzania)

Bebe Cool – Kabulengane (Uganda)

Diamond Platnumz – Utanipenda (Tanzania)

Eddy Kenzo – Mbilo Mbilo Remix (Uganda)

Jose Chameleone – Agatako (Uganda)

Navio – Njogereza (Uganda)

Best Female Artist in Western Africa

Adiouza – Daddy (Senegal)

Aramide – I Don’t Care (Nigeria)

Niniola – Jete (Nigeria)

Josey – Diplome (Ivory Coast)

Seyi Shay -Right Now (Nigeria)

Temi Dollface -School your Face (Nigeria)

Tiwa Savage -If I start to talk (Nigeria)

Yemi Alade – Na go de -(Nigeria)

Best Male Artist in Western Africa

Brymo – In the City (Nigeria)

Flavour – Dance (Nigeria)

Okyeame Kwame – Small Small (Ghana)

Sarkodie – Hand to Mouth (Ghana)

Sidiki Dibate – Fais Moi Confiance (Mali)

Tekno – Duro (Nigeria)

Wizkid – Final/Baba Nla (Nigeria)


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