All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) is an exclusive music award ceremony that seeks to celebrate the music accomplishment of different artists around Africa. Since its inception in 2014, this award event has not only offered rewards but celebrated music creations and creativity across the African continent. The acclaimed music awards is one of the biggest music events in Africa and has seen big names win like Sauti Sol (Kenya), Davido (Nigeria), Burna Boy (Nigeria), Fela Kuti (Nigeria), Nikita Kering (Kenya), Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Radio and Weasel (Uganda), Elani (Kenya), Angelique Kidjo (Benin), Diamond Platnumz, Fally Ipupa (DRC), Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania) among others.
The awards were created with the international committee AFRIMA in conjunction with the Africa union. Its pioneer award was held on 27 December, 2014 in Nigeria. Nigeria was then given opportunity to host the awards for three more consecutive years (2015 -2017). AFRIMA’s core values are fairness, authenticity, creativity, excellence, integrity and transparency.
The international committee of AFRIMA is made up of 5 regions which include the southern Africa development community, Northern Africa, Southern Africa, Eastern Africa, Central Africa and Western Africa. Public votes which are strictly done online determine which musicians receives an award. However, there consists a committee with expert knowledge and experience in the music industry that help to oversee the whole process to ensure the correct guideline are followed through.
Over the years, AFRIMA has been able to achieve different milestones as their focus remains intact, showcasing talent through music and celebrating artists who promote African heritage and culture through various musical genres such as Bongo, HipHop, Afro-pop, Afro-house, Rhumba, Afrobeat, Assiko, Funana, lingala, Highlife amongst others.
The awards are 39 in total, divided into two categories: regional awards (encompassing the five African regions) that recognize the accomplishments of African artists in their respective home countries, and continental awards based on certain genres.
Last year’s awards saw Nikita Kering win Best Female Artist of Eastern Africa, Sauti Sol- Best Duo Group, Fally Ipupa- Best Male Artist of Central Africa, Eddy Kenzo- Best male Artist of Eastern Africa, Wizkid- Artiste of the Year, Fireboy DML- African Fan’s Favorite, Wizkid and Tems Best African Collaboration and Song of The Year and Koffi Olomide for the legend award.
This year’s awards will be held from 8th to 11th December 2022. The AFRIMA award ceremony will feature a four sday extravaganza of music, glitz, high end fashion and glamour in a bid to celebrate Africa, to honor its talents, and to open new economic doors for the continent’s creative and cultural sectors. The event is expected to start with a welcoming party, then move on to the AFRIMA Music Village, a tour of the host city, the Africa Music Business Summit, a private party for the nominees, and finally a live awards show that will be televised to over 84 countries.
Angel Martin’s the Head of culture, Africa Union commission stated that the nominees list will consist of 29 continental awards and 10 regional categories. The remaining category for the “Legend award” will be announced at the awards. VIEW THE FULL LIST HERE.
The public voting portal for AFRIMA 2022 will be open to the public on Sunday, September 25, 2022, at 12:00 CAT. African music enthusiasts can watch the live stream on the AFRIMA website at www.afrima.org.