Nigerian music again showed its prominence on the African continent as 10 Nigerian artistes dominated the 15 slots open to West Africa on the recently released nominations of Africa Music Award (AFRIMA) which holds in Lagos.
On the nominee list for Best Female Artist in Western Africa, Nigeria’s Aramide (I Don’t Care), Niniola (Jete), Seyi Shay (Right Now), Temi Dollface (Scool Your Face), Tiwa Savage (If I Start To Talk) and Yemi Alade (Na Go De) contend with Senegal’s Adiouza (Daddy) and Ivory Coast’s Josey (Diplome) for the crown.
And in contention for the Best Male Artist in Western Africa award are Nigeria’s Brymo (In The City), Flavour (Dance), Tekno (Duro) and Wizkid (Final (Baba Nla), Ghana’s Okyeame Kwame (small Small) and Sarkodie (Hand To Mouth) and Mali’s Sidikiba Diabate (Fais Moi Confiance).
In other regions, Uganda dominated Eastern Africa as seven of its artistes compete with five other artistes from Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia.
In Central Africa, Cameroon led with seven artistes leaving Angola, Republic of Congo, DRC and Angola with six slots. In North Africa, Morocco led the pack with eight nominations while Egypt, Libya and Tunisia shared the remaining five slots.
In Southern Africa, Republic of South Africa got nine nominations leaving Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Namibia with four slots.