The afrima awards ceremony held outside of Dakar, Senegal, on Sunday evening brought the four-day event to a close. Some of the most well-known musicians on the continent, including Nigeria’s P-Square and Tiwa Savage, Mali’s Rokia Kone, and Senegal’s Youssou N’dour and Baaba Maal, performed there.
Didi B, an Ivorian musician, won the best song of the year award for his performance of “Tala.” He congratulated his colleagues and acknowledged the fact that this was his first award of the year as he ascended the platform.
“I dedicate it to my mother and my fans,” he stated.
Burna Boy, a superstar from Nigeria, won the awards for Best Album and Best African Act.
International superstars of afrobeats Davido and Wizkid also won. With Adekunle Gold, Davido won Best African Pop for “High” and Best Inspirational Song for “Stand Strong.” The Best West African Act prize went to Wizkid.
Asake won Breakout Artist of the Year after dominating 2022 with an exceptional run.
This was the first AFRIMA to be hosted in a French-speaking nation, and it was the eighth edition. The majority of the events have been place in Nigeria, including the most recent one in Lagos in 2021, where Iba One, a singer from Mali, won best album. One won the award for best songwriter this year.
According to its organizers, AFRIMA strives to embrace the cultural richness and heritage of the continent while also introducing African performers to international audiences.
“This is such an exciting moment in African music and we are proud of the way these artists have been able to cross over to several markets both on the home front and even globally,” said Mike Dada, executive director for the event.
This year’s event had more than 9,000 entries, the most since it began in 2014. In 39 categories, the winners bested more than 380 entries from five different African areas as well as the diaspora.