AFRIMA 2014 unites Africa at spectacular ceremony in Lagos


The 2014 All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, brought together some of the best talents from the five regions of the continent to the 2014 main award ceremony held on Saturday, December 27, at the Grand Ballroom, Oriental Hotel, Lagos Nigeria.

Starting from the red carpet to the stage embellishments, Africa’s enduring cultural heritage and creativity were on display at the highly-anticipated awards ceremony that also welcomed guests which included African Union Commission, AUC, officials, government officials from ministries of culture, ministries of trade and industry and captains of industry across Africa.

The ceremony, produced by PRM Africa, a Lagos-based PR, Brand Communication and Event Production Agency, was conceptualised around African cultural themes ranging from the rich Egyptian heritage of the Pharaoh era to the earthy depth of the artistically intricate Benin Kingdom, the folklore and oratory skills of the West Africans and the fierce power of the Zulu Kingdom.

AFRIMA 2014 opened with a dramatic appearance on stage of the 11 feet high ‘Adagbe’ drum; arguably the world’s tallest drum -rhythmically beaten by drummers on stilts while fire breathers brought a fiery glow to the performance. The capacity audience was further awed by the presence of veteran Nigerian culturist and actor, Pa Peter Fatomilola who emerged on stage to chant a litany of prayers and proverbs in Yoruba language.

The event’s 14 ushers wore the Benin queen and Egyptian queen attires –seven apiece, while the 16-man strong security team wore the traditional regalia of Zulu warriors of South Africa to man the event venue and the red carpet area where guests were treated to assorted drinks, finger foods, photo shoots and interview sessions.

The costumes donned by the awards’ hosts, globally renowned African music star, 2Baba Idibia and Togo’s bilingual radio and TV personality, Marisse Akotie, remained true to the cultural concept of AFRIMA 2014. The event’s first music performance by 2Baba saw him wear the royal outfit of a Pharaoh -a ruler in ancient Egypt- to perform his hit single Odi Ya to backing choreography by 54 children representing the 54 countries on the African continent. Marisse, complemented 2Baba in her Egyptian queen outfit as she joined her co-host on stage after his performance for the formal opening of the night’s event.

Other sizzling performances came from top African performing artistes such as Dear Zim from Zimbabwe; Wiyaala from Ghana; Radio and Weasel from Uganda; Bez, TemiDollface, Niyola, Timi Dakolo, Oritsefemi, Davido all from Nigeria among others.

Nigeria artistes also took home the highest number of trophies, 13 in total, with O.B.O crooner, Davido, carting away four of the coveted 29.3 carat gold-plated AFRIMA trophies. 2Baba won the Best African R’n’B & Soul category endorsed by Channel O, while Afrobeat creator, late Fela Anikulapo Kuti received the AFRIMA Legend Award. The legend award was presented by the Head of Culture Division, Social Affairs Department, African Union Commission, Mrs. Angela Martins (who also represented the AUC Chairperson at the awards ceremony) and received on Fela’s behalf by his first daughter, Yeni Kuti. Some presenters of awards for night include Rikki Stein, international adviser of AFRIMA (UK), Kenny Ogungbe (Nigeria), Delani Makhalima (Zimbabwe), Peter Mscheu (Tanzania), OJB Jezreel (Nigeria), Tee Mac (Nigeria), Ahmed Soultan (Morocco), Steve Ayorinde (Nigeria), Davina Green (Zimbabwe), Richmir Totah (Republic du Benin) among others.

Reacting to the awards won by his artiste, Jonathan Sherren has this to say about AFRIMA, “Wiyaala really appreciates this award, we are proud of her and this is a challenge for her to do more and we promise she will live up to it. AFRIMA was bigger than we expected, we will definitely promote AFRIMA in Ghana”. Wiyaala is from Ghana and she won the Revelation of the African Continent and Most Promising Artiste in Africa award.

‘’It was an excellent night. We had fun all the way. Every scene or performance was fabulous. While there is room for improvement, I still find it difficult to believe that this beautiful show happened in Africa. It was awesome! I will definitely make the AFRIMA 2015 with my family and friends”, enthused Emmanuel Satuyi who came from United States of America to see the AFRIMA 2014 in Lagos,Nigeria.

AFRIMA, in partnership with the African Union Commission, is a platform to reward the creative excellence of African talents and provide a platform to showcase the culture of Africa globally. The 2014 awards ceremony was supported by ONE.org, Africa 2.0, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation. Corporate sponsors are Kenya Airways, Procter and Gamble, Peugeot and Diamond Bank.

Reacting to the awards won by his artiste, Jonathan Sherren has this to say about AFRIMA, “Wiyaala really appreciates this award, we are proud of her and this is a challenge for her to do more and we promise she will live up to it. AFRIMA was bigger than we expected, we will definitely promote AFRIMA in Ghana”. Wiyaala is from Ghana and she won the Revelation of the African Continent and Most Promising Artiste in Africa.

2014 AFRIMA Awards Winners List
Regional Categories

Award Winners Country Track
Best Female in Central Africa Laurette La Perle DR Congo Lembo La Mboka Ame
Best Male in Central Africa Fally Ipupa DR Congo Original
Best Female artist in East Africa Vanessa Mdee Tanzania Cover
Best Male in East Africa Diamond Platinumz Tanzania Number One
Best Female Artist in North Africa Noura Mint Seymale Mauritania Tzenni
Best Male Artist in North Africa Ahmed Soultan Morocco It’s Alright
Best Female in Southern Africa Cindy Munyavi Zimbabwe Parere Moyo
Best Male in Southern Africa Heavy K feat. Professor South Africa Beautiful War
Best Female artiste in West Africa Angelique Kidjo Benin Shango Wa
Best Male Artiste in West Africa Davido Nigeria Skelewu
       
       
Continental Categories      
Album of the Year Olamide Nigeria Baddest Guy Ever Liveth
Song Writer of the Year Olawale Ashimi (Brymo) Nigeria Down
Best African Group/Duo/Band Paul and Peter Okoye (P-Square Nigeria Personally
Best African Collaboration D’Banj and Friends 19 countries in Africa Cocoa Na Chocolate
Most Promising Artist in Africa Wiyaala Ghana Rock My Body
Best African Contemporary Angelique Kidjo Benin Shango Wa
Best African Electro Mi Casa South Africa Jika
Best African Hip Hop Davido Nigeria Aiye
Best African Pop Elani Kenya Kookoo
Best Afriacn Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall Radio and Weasel Uganda Breath Away
Best RnB &Soul Brought To You By Channel O 2Face Nigeria Dance in the Rain
Best African Traditional Music Adjiboye
and
Yinka Ayanda
Benin
and
Nigeria
Inna
and
Ise
Best African Rock Dear Zim Zimbabwe Indiana
Best Female Artiste in Inspirational Music Nikki Laoye Nigeria Only You
Best Male Artiste in Inspirational Music Bro. Philemon feat. Morris Ghana It is Well
Best Video Bez (Kemi Adetiba) Nigeria Say
Revelation of the African Continent Wiyaala feat. Jupitar Ghana Rock My body
Song of the Year Davido Nigeria Aiye
Producer of the Year Don Jazzy
and
Robbie Malinga & Mojalefa Thebe
Nigeria
and
South Africa
Eminado
and
Impilo
Artiste of the Year Davido Nigeria  
AFRIMA Legendary Award Fela Anikulapo Kuti Nigeria  


2Face from Nigeria admiring his Best RnB award trophy endorsed by Channel O at the 2014 AFRIMA award at the Grand Ballroom, Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos recently


L-R: Head of culture and social affairs, African Union Commission, Mrs. Angela Martins presenting the AFRIMA Legend Award won by Fela Anikulapo Kuti to his daughter, Yeni Kuti, at the 2014 AFRIMA awards ceremony held at Grand Ballroom, Oriental Hotel, Lagos recently.


Cindy Munyavi from Zimbabwe clutching the Best Female in Southern Africa award she won at the 201 AFRIMA award held at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos recently


Dear Zim from Zimbabwe winner of the Best African Rock award kissing his trophy at the AFRIMA award held recently at the oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria


L-R: All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA”s co-host, Maryse Acotie (Togo) and AFRIMA”s host, 2face Idibia (Nigeria) at the 2014 AFRIMA awards ceremony held at Grand Ballroom, Oriental Hotel, Lagos recently


L-R Hosts, 2Face, MaryseAcotie and Davido at 2014 AFRIMA held at the Oriental hotel, Lagos, Nigeria recently


L-R Hosts, MaryseAcotie in Cleopatra outfit and 2Face dressed as Pharaohboth Egyptian inspired outfits at the 2014 AFRIMA award ceremony held at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos recently


Nikki Laoye from Nigeria winner of the Best Female Artist in Inspirational Music responding to the award at the 2014 AFRIMA held at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria recently


Vanessa Mdee from Tanzania, winner of the Best Female Artist in East Africa trophy at the 2014 AFRIMA award held at the Oriental hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria recently


Wiyaala from Ghana performing on stage at the 2014 AFRIMA award held at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria recently


L-R: Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa, AFRIMA 2014, Cindy Munyavi (Zimbabwe) and Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa, AFRIMA 2014, Ahmed Soultan (Morocco) at the 2014 All Africa Music Awards ceremony held at Grand Ballroom, Oriental Hotel, Lagos recently.


L-R: Nollywood actress, Cossy Orjiakor and Zimbabwe Rock star, Dear Zim on stage to present award at the All Africa Music Awards ceremony held at the Grand Ballroom, Oriental hotel, Lagos recently.


L-R International Flutist and former PMAN president, Tee Mac, Daughter of late Afro Beat Legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Yeni Kuti and Rikki Stein, AFRIMA International Adviser (UK)

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