The All Africa Music Award (AFRIMA) was held last night with Wizkid emerging the biggest winner of the night, winning 3 awards; Artist of the Year award, the Best West African Act (Male), and Song Of The Year award.
While many have gone to congratulate the star boy, some fans believe the ‘Come Closer’ crooner does not merit the award if his achievement in Africa is to be put into consideration.
According to some fans, Davido, whose song, ‘IF’ dominated the whole Africa ought to have won the award. It was noted that Davido performed at so many concerts in Africa and all concerts were sold out.
A twitter user said: “for the first time I will go against wizkid…he didn’t deserve those 2 awards…they belong to davido. Africa knows this.”
#AFRIMA2017 for the first time I will go against wizkid…he didn't deserve those 2 awards…they belong to davido. Africa knows this.
— OG! (@hideesoul) November 13, 2017
Another twitter user said, “But Mad over you and IF was massively louder than come closer…To me though.”
But Mad over you and IF was massively louder than come closer…To me though #AFRIMA2017
— ♥LARR¥B¥D£S¡GN♥™ (@biggielarry) November 13, 2017
While the two are entitled to their opinions, another Twitter user believes the ‘Starboy’ deserves the award.
“A song that is gold in Canada, silver in uk. Over 40mil spotify streams what else do u want for song of the year?.”
A song that is gold in Canada, silver in uk. Over 40mil spotify streams what else do u want for song of the year? #Afrima2017 Wizkid LION
— Stes Giddyz Clothing (@StesGideon) November 13, 2017
However, another fan had another idea as of whom the winner ought to be. The tweet reads: Nonsense award… Come closer won song of the year ahead of unforgettable????? How??? No disrespect to wizkid but numbers dont lie. Unforgettable has topped like every chart… Lol.
Nonsense award… Come closer won song of the year ahead of unforgettable????? How??? No disrespect to wizkid but numbers dont lie. Unforgettable has topped like every chart… Lol. #AFRIMA2017 pic.twitter.com/dOZB5ZKbqT
— name cannot be blank (@naijacaesar) November 13, 2017
More so, what fans and music lovers are also talking about right now is the low attendance of Nigerian music stars at the award. So many of the award nominees didn’t show up to collect their awards, and even Wizkid came late.
With all the hype and massive promotions that heralded the event, many had thought the Eko Hotel Hall, venue of the award will be filled to the brim with Nigerian artistes but the reverse was the case. And in respect to the this, many Nigerians were unhappy and have gone out on twitter to express their displeasure.
Here are some of their tweets:
I wonder why Lagos is hosting Afrima 2017 and our Nigerian artists find it difficult to be at de event, it such a shame to Nigerian artists, @TiwaSavage and @wizkidayo where r u guys that u can't be here.. #AFRIMA #AFRIMA2017 #AfricaIsHere
— patrick Ben (@TmJunior1) November 12, 2017
In an African award show in Lagos, with all the billboards and adverts, our best male and female fail to show up#Afrima2017
— LOLA (@CuteNaija) November 12, 2017
Nigerian artists did not even show up for this show. It's becoming a norm for them disregarding award shows 😕 #afrima2017
— CocktailsNSmoothies (@Le_arma) November 12, 2017
Meanwhile on the same night, Nigerian music sensation and DMW boss, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, bagged an award as the “Best African Act” at the 2017 MTV EMA.
Davido edged out Wizkid, and his South African counterpart, Nasty C, to take home the highly coveted award.
Here is the full list of winners at AFRIMA:
Best male artiste in Central Africa – Locko
Best female artiste in Central Africa – Montess
Best male artiste in Northern Africa – Shefi
Best female artiste in Northern Africa – Ibitssam Tiskat
Best male artiste in South Africa – Emtee
Best female artiste in South Africa – Thandiswa
Most influential African artiste – Neza
African fan favourite – The Dogg
Best African collaboration – Ali Beka
Best artiste in African jazz – Nduduzo Makhatini
Best artiste/group in African rock – Gilad Millo
Best in contemporary African RnB & soul – Eli Keba
Best Artiste in contemporary song – Wande Coal (Iskaba)
Best artiste in African raggae/dancehall – 2baba
Best artiste in African traditional – Halmelmal Abate
Best African hip-hop – Ycee
Best artiste in African pop – Tofaan
Best female artist in inspirational – Asike
Best male artiste in inspirational- Gilad
Video of the year – Orezi (Cooking Pot)
African legend award – Salif Keita and Oliver ‘Tutu’ Mtukudzi
Songwriter of the year – Simi
Best African group – Toofan
African discovery of the year – Shyfan
Producer of the year – DJ Cublon
Album of the year – Eddy Kenzo
Song of the year – Wizkid
Artiste of the year – Wizkid