Senegalese-born American singer, songwriter, record producer and multi-platinum artiste, Akon arrived Lagos yesterday to host the 2017 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) scheduled for Sunday, 12th of November.
The star is set to host this year’s AFRIMA alongside Cameroonian-French entertainment broadcaster, Sophy Aiida, as announced in October by the international Committee of AFRIMA and the African Union Commission.
Akon is ranked the fifth most powerful celebrity in Forbes Africa’s list of 40, having accomplished a host of ground breaking achievements which include providing electricity for 15 African countries through the Lights Africa Project, 5 Grammys to his name and supporting underprivileged African youth through the Konfidence Initiative, deduced from Konvict Records and Kon Live Republic Music.
Kenya’s Octopizzo also arrived in Lagos yesterday, hot on the heels of his latest release ‘Sing Along’ and a performance only last week in Kigali, Rwanda, at the Inema Arts Center.
Other stars who are flocking into the Nigerian coastal city are music legend Salif Keita, Bussine (Gabon), Young Paris (DRC),Ewube (Cameroon), Nsoki (Angola), Locko(Cameroon),Feza (Tanzania), Bebe Cool (Uganda), Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania), Wayna Wondowoseen (Ethiopia), Eddy Kenzo (Uganda), Henok and Mehari Brothers (Ethiopia), Juliana Kanyomozi (Uganda), Amanda Black (South Africa), Rue (Zimbabwe), Sally Boss Madam (Namibia), Emtee (South Africa), Nasty C (South Africa) and Nduduzo Makhathini (South Africa).
The host country is represented by heavyweight artistes Aramide, Seyi Shay , Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Adekunle Gold, Simi, Wande Coal, Niniola, and Timaya who are each expected to perform.
Kenyan artistes up for nominations include Victoria Kimani and Chess Nthussi (Best Female Artiste East in Eastern Africa for ‘Giving You’ and ‘Give It to You’ respectively ), Mura K.E (also Best Artiste in African Electro) and Octopizzo (Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa for ‘Excuse my Language’ and ‘TBT’ respectively), Qritical (Best Artiste in African Reggae and Ragga for ‘Malkia’), Gilad (Best African Rock for ‘Angel Uriel’), Dan Aceda (Best Inspirational Music for ‘I Look to You’) and Sauti Sol (Best Collaboration for ‘Love Again’ as featured on Angola’s C4 Pedro‘s single)
Uganda‘s Eddy Kenzo is the sole Eastern African artist who will represent the region in the ‘Best Artiste’ category, while MTV EMA nominee Nyashinski flies Kenya’s flag with his hit ‘Aminia’ in the African Fan Favourite category as a nominee, alongside Tanzania‘s Darassa for ‘Muziki (feat Ben Pol).
The AFRIMA 2017 main awards ceremony will take place after a Red Carpet session where the crème of the creative industry, music lovers and diplomatic and government personalities will make their presence grand, at the Eko Hotels and Suites.