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Controversy As Wizkid Emerged 2017 AFRIMA’s Best + How Nigerian Artistes Shunned The Award

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.”

Another twitter user said, “But Mad over you and IF was massively louder than come closer…To me though.”

Simi after receiving her award.

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?.”

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.

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.

Mr Songs performing on stage.

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:

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

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