Nigerian sensation Wizkid retained his best artist title at this year’s African Music Awards, carrying off a clutch of prizes at a glitzy ceremony in Lagos.
The 27-year-old Afrobeats star – real name Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun – beat his compatriot Davido and Fally Ipupa from the Democratic Republic of Congo to the top award.
He also won the best song category for “Come Closer” and the prize for best West African artist.
AFRIMA 2017, now in its fourth year, is considered the equivalent of the US Grammys and was held on Sunday evening at a luxury hotel in Nigeria’s economic and entertainment hub.
African stars from all over the continent graced the event which celebrated their achievements in music.
The African Union-backed awards are designed to celebrate the continent’s booming music industry and were this year broadcast live to 84 countries on 109 different channels.
Below is the list of the winners:
AFRICAN FANS FAV:The Dogg (Namibia)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR:Eddy Kenzo – “Biology” (Uganda)
BEST AFRICAN COLLABORATION: Alikiba – ‘Aje’ ft M.I Abaga (Tanzania)
BEST AFRICAN CONTEMPORARY: Wande Coal – ‘Iskaba’ ft DJ Tunez (Nigeria)
BEST AFRICAN ELECTRO: Nsoki – ‘Africa Unite’ ft DJ Maphorisa, Paulo Alves (Angola)
BEST AFRICAN GROUP/DUO/BAND: Toofan – ‘Tere Tere’ (Togo)
BEST AFRICAN HIP HOP: Ycee – ‘Juice’ (Nigeria)
BEST AFRICAN JAZZ: Nduduzo Makhatini – ‘Igagu’ (South Africa)
BEST AFRICAN POP: Toofan – ‘Tere tere’ (Togo)
BEST AFRICAN REGGAE, RAGGA, DANCE-HALL: 2baba – ‘Holy holy’ (Nigeria)
[b]BEST AFRICAN RnB AND SOUL: Alikiba – ‘Aje’ ft M.I Abaga (Tanzania)
BEST AFRICAN ROCK: Gilad – ‘Angel Uriel’ ft Omer Millo (Kenya)
BEST AFRICAN TRADITIONAL: Halmelmal Abate – ‘Harar’ (Ethiopia)
BEST FEMALE INSPIRATIONAL: Asikey – ‘Earth Attack’ (Nigeria)
BEST MALE INSPIRATIONAL: Gilad – ‘Angel Uriel’ ft Omer Millo (Kenya)
MOST PROMISING ARTISTE OF THE YEAR: Neza – ‘Uranyica’ (Rwanda)
SONG OF THE YEAR: Wizkid – ‘Come closer’ (Nigeria)
REVELATION OF THE AFRICAN CONTINENT: Shyn – ‘Resim Pitia’ (Madagascar)
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR: DJ Coublon – ‘Yolo Yolo’ by Seyi Shay (Nigeria)
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR: Simi – ‘Smile’
AFRICAN LEGEND AWARD: Salif Keita (Mali) and Oliver ‘Tutu’ Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe)
VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Adasa Cookey – ‘Cooking Pot’ by Orezi
Central Africa (Best Female) : Montess -Love Witta Gun Man (Cameroon)
Central Africa (Best Male): Locko – Supporter ft Mr Leo (Cameroon)
East Africa (Best Female): Nandy – One Day (Tanzania)
[b]East Africa (Best Male) :Henok & Mehari Brothers – Firkir Yishala (Ethiopia)
Southern Africa (Best Female): Thandiswa – Nontsokolo (South Africa)
Southern Africa (Best Male): Emtee – We Up (South Africa)
[b]West Africa (Best Female) :Tiwa Savage – All Over (Nigeria)
West Africa (Best Male): Wizkid – Come Closer ft Drake (Nigeria)
North Africa (Best Female): Ibitssam Tiskat – Menak Wla Meni (Morocco)
North Africa (Best Male):Shayfeen – Wach Kayn Wader (Morocco)