It was a breathtaking experience on Sunday night when the 8th edition of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), aka ‘The Teranga Edition’ was hosted at the 15,000-capacity Dakar Arena, in Dakar, Senegal, as superstars across the continent clinched trophies.
Broadcast live to over 84 countries around the world, the 8th AFRIMA in Senegal saw superstars like the Nigerian maverick Davido, clinched 3 awards in one night as he emerged as the winner of the “Best African Collaboration”, “Best Duo or Group in African Electro”, and “Best Male Artiste in African Inspirational Music” categories, respectively.
Other continental champions such as Egyptian rapper Marwan Moussa followed closely, clinching two awards for “Best African Rapper/Lyricist,” as well as “Best Duo or Group in African Hip Hop” categories, respectively. Importantly, in the non-voting category, the International Executive Committee bestowed the “Legend Award” for the 8th AFRIMA to three iconic Senegalese veterans including Youssou N’dour, Baaba Maal, and Ismail Lo.
All the winners across the remaining 39 categories for the 8th AFRIMA in Senegal were decided by popular votes from music lovers. The voting period for the 8th AFRIMA began on September 25, 2022, and ended on Friday, January 13, 2023. The voting procedure and results were reviewed and collated by an international auditor of great repute, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) – auditors of the Oscars.
Meanwhile, Uganda’s own Eddy Kenzo, Spice Diana and King Saha were also able to take home some accolades at the prestigious ceremony which saw many take their votes under different categories. Both Kenzo (Songa) and Saha (Zakayo) won the Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa while Spice Diana (Tujuoge) took home Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa respectively.
For the full list of winners at the 8th AFRIMA, visit the awards website. African music lovers are encouraged to keep up with updates and trends ahead of the 9th AFRIMA, which will be held later this year.
Check out: Miss Uganda Gets Its Own Reality Show