AFRIMA Unveils 2017 Awards Nominees

Posted on August 10, 2017

L-R: Head of Culture, African Union (AU), Angela Martins; President/Executive Producer, AFRIMA, Mike Dada; AFRIMA Juror, Southern Africa Region, Chris Syren (RSA); AFRIMA Juror, America Diaspora, Hadja Kobele Keita; AFRIMA Juror, Central Africa Region, Bob Ekukole (Cameroon), during a world media briefing to announced the 2017 nominees for All Africa Music Awards, in Lagos

The 13-man Jury of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA and African Union Commission have unveiled the Nominees List for the 2017 edition of AFRIMA, the continent’s biggest music awards on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Renaissance Hotel, Ikeja in Lagos, Nigeria.

The highly anticipated Nominees List for the 2017 AFRIMA Awards which has the biggest acts on the continent was announced in the presence of officials of the African Union Commission, members of the AFRIMA Jury comprising of Charles Tabu (DRC), Robert E. Ekukole (cameroun).  Christian Syren (South Africa), David Tayorault (cote de voire), Olisa Adibua (Nigeria), Joett Namatta (Tanzania), Tabu Osusa (kenya) Hadja Kobélé Keita(Guinea) and Omar Es Saidi (morocco) , members of the International Committee of AFRIMA, past AFRIMA winners and nominees, media executives and other stakeholders in the creative and entertainment industries in Africa.

According to Mr. Chris Cyren, the juror from Southern Africa, 4,816 entries from African music professionals and music artistes were received at the close of a two-month entry submission window on July 17 this year.

He described the nominations process as rigorous and thorough, as he emphasized on the Jury’s resolve to be fair and transparent in line with the AFRIMA values of FACEIT (fairness, authenticity, creativity, excellence, integrity,transparency).

Charles Tabu, AFRIMA’s juror from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), harped on the need for music lovers in Africa to explore different genre of music from all regions on the continent.

Commenting on a question of the criteria of nominees, Mr Bob Ekukole from Cameroon representing Central Africa reiterated that the nominees were picked based on production quality, talent and creativity, melody, originality and authenticity, composition and arrangement.

“The nomination has to do with the quality of music not on the number of views from any online video platform. Some songs from certain regions have more than half a billion views and would have garnered the awards based on such sentiment but it is not so. It has to do with quality,” he stated.

Ms Angela Martins, Head, Culture Division, African Union Commission, AUC, also noted that the adjudication process was a comprehensive and superb work of the jurors.

She added that there was a great improvement on the submissions this year, which is more impressive than previous years.

“This robust submission this year clearly shows the appreciation and recognition of the music awards,’’ Martins said.

She noted that the African Union Commission is geared towards investing in the youth by involving them in the African Union’s 2063 Agenda, which intends to make the youth evolve a desire and expertise in the needed developmental facets of Africa in all areas.

The AU top official also reiterated the AU and AFRIMA’s objectives of unity among African artistes and the need for continental integration while celebrating its rich music and heritage.

The Best Female Artistes and Best Male Artistes of the five regions have been released while the nominees in the continental categories will be announced on Friday, August 11,2017.

Public voting for the nominees in the different categories of the awards will open on August 21, 2017 on

In partnership with the AUC, a range of rich and exhilarating events for AFRIMA 2017 such as The Music Village and the AFRIMA Music Business Summit are slated for November 10-12, 2017 and will be broadcast across 84 countries around the world.


Best Female Artiste in Central Africa
Artiste Track Country
Bussine All Africa Party Gabon
Daphne Calee Cameroon
Ewube Fall 4 you Cameroon,
Merveille Toi Cameroon
Mimie Dance fi you Cameroon
Montess Love witta Gun Man Cameroon
Nsoki Africa UnitdeftDjMaphorisa& Paulo Alves Angola
Reniss Mamamuh Cameroon
Best Male Artiste in Central Africa
Artiste Track Country
Anselmo Ralph Casas Comigo Angola
Big Nelo O Legado Da Lenda Angola
FallyIpupa Eleko Oyo DRC
Hiro Ton Pied, Mon Pied ftChidinma DRC
Jovie Ou Meme Cameroon
Ke Black Bazardee DRC
Locko Supporter ft Mr Leo Cameroon
MaitreGims Tout Donner  DRC
Best Female Artiste Eastern Africa
Artiste Track Country
Chess Nthussi Give it to you Kenya
Juliana Kanyomozi I am Still Here Uganda
Lady Jaydee Sawa Na Wao Tanzania
Nandy One Day Tanzania
VenesaMdee Cash Madame Tanzania
Victoria Kimani Giving You ftSarkodie Kenya
WaynaWondersonn You are not alone Ethopia
Best Male Artist, Eastern Africa
Artiste Track Country
Alikiba Ajeft M.I Tanzania
Diamond Platinumz Eneka Ethiopia
Henok&Mehari Brothers FirkirYishala Ethopia
KibromBirhane EskistaftNassmbuBarasa Ethiopia
MuaBirhane Excuse my Language Kenya
Octopizzo TBT Kenya
SinishawLegesse SelamEthopia Ethiopia
Qritiqual Malika Kenya
Best Female Artist in Southern Africa
Artiste Track Country
Amanda Black Amazulu South Africa
Babes Wodumo Family ftMampintsha& Casper Nyovest South Africa
Busiswa Ingqond South Africa
Lebo Sekgoela Lion of Judah South Africa
Ru Down Zimbabwe
Sally B oss Madam BimbimftBusiswa Namibia
Thandiswa Nontsokolo South Africa
Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa
Artiste Track Country
AKA The world is yours South Africa
Emtee We Up South Africa
Hugh Masekela Shango South Africa
JahPrayzah Watora Mari ft Diamond Platnumz Zimbabawe
Nasty C Down ftSeyi Shay & MA-E South Africa
NduduzoMakhathini Igagu South Africa
Tay Grin Tolaft Vanessa Mdee Malawi
Best Female Artiste in Northern Africa
Artiste Track Country
AsmaaLmnawar 3ndou Zine Morocco
Cheba Maria Kheltini Algeria
IbitssamTiskat MenakWlaMeni Morocco
Sherine KoulMaghani Egypt
Zaho Tant De Choses Algeria
ZinaDaoudia Sayidati Morocco
Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa
Artiste Track Country
Balti Wela la Tunisia
Fnaire Ngol Mali Morroco
French Montana Unforgettable Morocco
Lacrim CollonelCarillo Algeria
L’algerino Less Monetess Algeria
Shayfeen WachKayn Wader Morocco
TasmerHosny YaMaley 3eny Egypt
SaadLmajarred Ghaltana Morocco
Best Female Artiste in Western Africa
Artiste Track Country
Aramide Why So serious Nigeria
Becca Na wash ftPatoranking Ghana
OumouSangare YereFagaft Tony Allen Mali
Sey Shay YoloYolo Nigeria
Tiwa Savage All Over Nigeria
Viviane Chidid Lon KelenftBanlieuzart Senegal
YemiAlade Tumbum Nigeria
Zeynab Noctambuleft Shadow Chris)  Benin
Best Male Artiste in Western Africa
Artiste Track Country
Davido Fall Nigeria
Dj Arafat Agbangnan Cote D’voire
MHD La Puissance Guinea
Me Eazi Leg Over Nigeria
Runtown Mad Over You Nigeria
Sarkodie Pain Killer Ghana
Tekno Rara Nigeria
Wizkid Come Closer ft Drake Nigeria
Ycee Juice ftMaleek Berry Nigeria


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