Focalistic, Blaq Diamond, Wizkid lead AFRIMA 2021 nominations

Nigerian music superstars are in the battle for both continental and regional awards in the newly released All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) nomination list.

The most nominated Nigerian act is Wizkid who leads with six nominations. He follows South African artist Focalistic who has seven nominations while the duo Blaq Diamond, also South African, has the highest number of nominations. The duo scored eight nominations for their song ‘SummerYoMuthi’.

Wizkid’s nominations include ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’, ‘Best Male Artist in Western Africa’ and ‘Album of the Year’.

Omah Lay, Patoranking, and Davido clinched four nominations each while Burna Boy, Tems, Olakira, Vector, Tiwa Savage, Bella Shmurda have three nominations each.

Yemi Alade, Ladipoe, The Isomers and Cavemen have two nominations each.

The list, released on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, was from the over 8,880 songs submitted for adjudication. It features over 400 songs from artists in the 30 continental and 10 regional categories cutting across African talents and creatives living on the continent and in the Diaspora.

“We believe we gave Africans and the world the very best nominations and songs in line with the 8,880 songs received under the year in review,” said Hadja Kobele, a member of the 13-man AFRIMA International Jury, representing Diaspora (USA) & West Africa (Guinea).

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