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AFRIMA 2016: List Of Winners, Highlights.



The All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), is designed to promote the distinct rich African music worldwide, engaging millions of fans by propelling African music to glorious pinnacles beyond the borders of Africa. The All Africa Music Awards is tailored to recognise and reward those who have given African music the most creative competitive edge in the global market within the year under review.

It held recently in Lagos, Nigeria at Eko Hotel & Suites, and was nothing short of star studded.  Bonang Matheba, Denrele Edun, Seyi Shay, Eniola Badmus, Dayo Amusa, Diamond Platnumz, Gbenro Ajibade, Osas Ajibade, Emma Nyra, Phyno  where some of the many celebrities in attendance .

The 2016 edition of this awards ceremony was being preceded by AFRIMA Music Village which held yesterday. It was a non-stop music concert with over 40 African artistes performing live at the Waterfront, Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos. Thousands of guests and artistes thronged Lagos for the event.

Also, as part of the activities for nominees to have a feel of Lagos, there was a guided tour of Eko Atlantic City, popularly called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Other tourists sites visited include the Freedom Park, Broad Street, which houses relics of the slave trade and Nigeria’s struggles for Independence. Other historic places to visit in Lagos, which is AFRIMA’s official host city, will be a visit to the Palace of the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, which is located in Central Lagos, known as Iga Iduganran.

The awards night, held this Sunday, at Convention Centre of the Eko Hotels and Suites with thousands of guests coming into Lagos from across Africa and the world. The event was graced by the attendance of the Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

 See the full list of winners below.

Album of the Year – Ahmed Soultan
Best Collaboration – Eddy Kenzo featuring Niniola
Artist of the Year – Wizkid
Song of the Year – Utanipenda by Diamond Platnumz
Revelation of the Year – FalzthebahdGuy
Video of the Year – Dogo Yaro by VVIP
Best African Group – VVIP
Best African Jazz – Jimmy Dludlu
Best Artist/Duo/Group in African Rock – Mvula
Best Artist/Duo/Group in Ragga & Dancehall – Patoranking
Best Artist/Duo/Group in Traditional Music – Zeynab
Best Artist/Duo/Group in African Electro – SuCh
Best Artist/Duo/Group in African RnD – Henok and Mehari Brothers
Best Artist/Duo/Group in African HipHop – Stanley Enow
Best Artist/Duo/Group in African Contemporary – Flavour
Best Male Artist Central Africa – Wax Dey
Best Male Artist Western Africa – Flavour
Best Male Artist Northern Africa – DJ Van
Best Male Artist South Africa – Black Coffee
Best Male Artist Eastern Africa – Diamond Platnumz
Best Female Artist Inspirational – Ichaka Vons
Best Female Artist Western Africa – Aramide
Best Female Artist Northern Africa – Zina Doudia
Best Female Artist South Africa – Sally Boss Madam
Best Female Artist Eastern Africa – Cindy Sanyu
Fan Favourite – Phyno
Songwriter of the Year – Unique





























Ruth Kadiri Raises Alarm Over Unavailability Of Vaccines For Children



Ruth Kadiri on unavailability of vaccines for children |

Nollywood actress Ruth Kadiri is raising awareness concerning the lack of essential vaccines for children in some Nigerian hospitals. Kadiri recently shared her experience on Instagram. She revealed that she took her daughter to the hospital for routine vaccinations but was turned away due to a shortage. The specific vaccines her daughter needed were for cholera, measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox).

She wrote,

“My nurse just informed me that there are no vaccines for babies at the hospital!!! Mothers, are you facing the same Vaccination issues? Federal Government, please look into this. My daughter needs her immunization. One year and counting.”


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This encounter prompted Ruth Kadiri to use her platform to call on the Nigerian government to intervene. Vaccines play a crucial role in protecting children from preventable diseases, and their absence can have serious consequences.

By sharing her story, Kadiri is hoping to shed light on this public health issue and urge the authorities to take action. This will ensure these vital vaccines are readily available for all children in Nigeria.

The MMR vaccine is a superhero, protecting children from four nasty diseases: measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox). To make sure this protection is extra strong, it’s actually given in two doses.

The first dose is typically given to babies between 9 and 15 months old. Then, to ensure long-lasting immunity, a second dose is given when they are between 15 months and 6 years old. There needs to be at least a 4-week wait between the two doses for them to work best.

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Uzor Arukwe Says Actors Need To Learn To Accept Criticism



Uzor Arukwe says actors need to learn to accept criticism |

In a recent interview with Top Charts Africa on May 27, 2024, Nollywood actor Uzor Arukwe opened up about the importance of criticism.

He emphasised that criticism, rather than being something to shy away from, is actually a valuable tool for self-improvement. Arukwe believes that constructive criticism can help us learn and grow as individuals.

I love criticism and feedback because it helps you to become a better actor. You can’t be an actor if you’re not open to criticism,” he said.

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“Nigerian Idol” Season 9 Heats Up With Top 10 Live Performances



Nigerian Idol Season 9: Top 10 Live Performances |

Nigerian Idol season 9 got even hotter yesterday! The remaining contestants battled it out on stage with live performances.

Remember the judges’ tough call last week? Lammy and Japh Kenti were tied for the final spot in the Top 10. Well, Lammy pulled ahead and joined the other nine singers who advanced.

Now, the competition is heating up with the official Top 10! Jennifer Ugomu, David Garland, Chima, Mira Clear, Gracia, Stevie, Chioma, Lammy, Lady Ruth, and Maio all took the stage.

They sang a mix of everything, from Harry Styles’ “Falling” to powerful hits like “Never Enough” and “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman.

The crowd went wild for their amazing vocals and stage presence! You can see all the performances yourself below. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite singer to keep them in the running!

1. Jennifer Ugomu

Jennifer absolutely stole the show! She belted out a powerful performance of Andra Day’s inspiring song “Rise Up,” a song that was nominated for a Grammy and is all about hope. Her vocals were incredible!

2. David Garland

David Garland turned up the heat with his performance. He took a surprising turn towards pop music and completely wowed the judges with his own powerful version of Harry Styles’ song “Falling.” It was an impressive and unexpected choice that left everyone speechless!

3. Chima

It was Chima’s night to shine! He took the stage and showed off his amazing vocal range with a soulful performance of Teddy Swims’ hit song “Lose Control.” This chart-topping song is a favourite online, and Chima absolutely nailed it!

4. Mira Clear

Mira Clear proved she’s a true songbird with her performance! She focused on every technical detail to deliver a powerful and controlled version of Sia’s inspirational song “Unstoppable.” It was a show-stopping performance that left everyone wanting more.

5. Gracia

Gracia brought down the house with her powerful vocals! She belted out an amazing cover of David Guetta and Sia’s hit song “Titanium,” a real dance floor banger from 2011. Her performance was energetic and unforgettable!

6. Stevie

Stevie delivered a beautiful performance! He showcased his smooth vocals, perfectly blending them with the gentle piano melody of “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman. It was a sweet and touching rendition of the song.

7. Chioma

Chioma stunned the audience with her breathtaking performance of “Never Enough” from The Greatest Showman. The song is a beautiful ballad, and Chioma wasn’t afraid to be vulnerable in her delivery. This raw emotion made her performance even more powerful and left everyone in awe.

8. Lammy

Everyone considers John Legend’s “All of Me” a must-have for any wedding playlist. It’s become a classic love song for couples everywhere.

On Nigerian Idols, Lammy delivered a show-stopping performance of the song, pouring his heart out with so much emotion that it captivated the audience.

9. Lady Ruth

Lady Ruth took on a huge challenge with her performance! She tackled Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love,” a song known for its high notes, powerful runs, and unique vocals.

Lady Ruth showed off her amazing technique as she hit all the right notes, from the high belts to the breathy whispers. It was a show-stopping performance!

10. Maio

Maio’s song choice was a bit different! He performed “Ojuelegba” by Wizkid. It’s a chill summer vibe kind of song, and Maio knew it was all about capturing the smooth, warm tone of the original.

He focused on staying perfectly on key and delivering a relaxed performance that had the audience swaying along. Even though there weren’t any high notes to hit, it was still a successful and memorable performance!

Get more updates here.

Don’t forget to vote for your Nigerian Idol season 9 favourite performances here.

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