FULL LIST: Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Omah Lay clinch Nomination at 2021 AFRIMA

The African Union Commission (AUC) and the international committee of AFRIMA released the 2021 nominees list on Wednesday.

The list covered over 8,880 songs submitted for adjudication.

It also featured over 400 songs from artistes in the 30 continental and 10 regional categories, cutting across African talents and creatives living on the continent and in the diaspora.

Leading the 2021 nominations is South Africa’s Blaq Diamond with eight slots for their song ‘SummerYoMuthi’.

Focalistic snagged seven nominations for his hit single ‘Ke Star’ (Remix) featuring Davido and Vigro Deep.

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With his hit song ‘Essence’ featuring Tems, Wizkid follows closely with six nominations including ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’, ‘Best Male Artist in Western Africa’ and ‘Album of the Year’.

The Afrobeat singer’s other nominations are ‘Best African Collaboration’, ‘Song of the Year in Africa’, and ‘Best Artiste’, ‘Duo or Group in African R n B Soul’.

Omah Lay has four nominations in ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’; ‘Best Artiste in Western Africa’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Pop’ and ‘Breakout Artiste of the Year’ categories.

Also, in the group of four nominations are Davido; Fally Ipupa (DRC Congo); MHD (Guinea); Patoranking; and Rayvanny (Tanzania).

Burna Boy, Bella Shmurda, Olakira, Tems, Tiwa Savage, and Vector all had three nominations each.

Cavemen and Adekunle Gold had two nominations while Ladipoe and Yemi Alade had one each.

The award event will be broadcast live from Lagos on 84 TV stations in 109 countries from November 19 to 21.

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).

“The nominees list comprising 28 continental award categories and 10 regional award categories released for public voting on www.afrima.org is coming few days after a rigorous long-week adjudication process. The remaining two categories – Legend award category will be announced at the awards, while Best Soundtrack in a movie/series/documentary film category was suspended due to low-quality entries for this year’s edition,” Head of Culture, African Union Commission on the Jury, Angela Martins, said.

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