Bongo star Chibu Dangote popularly known as Diamond Platnumz joined the list of victors who had the privilege to carry home the 23.9 carat gold plated All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) trophy. The “Salome” hit maker took last year’s Afrima Awards by storm, as he bagged not one but three awards for the night.
Carrying home both the best song of the year- “Utanipenda”, the best male artiste of the year, and the best pop artiste in Eastern Africa respectively.
During his acceptance speech, Diamond did not forget to encourage up and rising artistes across Africa, telling them not to give up, as with hard work and persistence they will make it.
“I wanna dedicate this award, to all the upcoming artistes…do not give up, one day you will make it”, Chibu reminded African artistes as he graciously accepted the trophy.
Watch Diamond’s acceptance speech below.
AFRIMA Awards backed by African Union aims to celebrate excellence in musical industry in Africa and Diaspora, featuring 33 categories with a reward of 23.9 carat gold AFRIMA Award gold plated trophy.
Making yet another return for this year’s Edition themed, Entries for AFRIMA Awards 2017 are now open for submission through the official AFRIMA Awards website – www.afrima.org
Open to artistes, songwriters, music and entertainment journalists, video directors, music producers, deejays and dancers across Africa and Diaspora. Below are the guidelines for submission.
- Entries open from May 8, 2017 and closes on July 17, 2017.
- Eligibility: Music professionals of African origin living either on the continent or abroad are eligible. The award is open to Artistes, Songwriters, Video Directors, Music Producers and Music/Entertainment Journalists as well as unrecorded artistes.
- Artistes / producers / directors / journalists / songwriters must submit their works digitally via AFRIMA website on www.afrima.org, twitter @AFRIMAWARDS or www.facebook.com/afrima
- It is strongly advised that you submit your work (s) via online submission; the Entry Registration Form must be carefully and accurately completed and submitted including the relevant URL links for the digital version of the artistic work/writing in the space provided. Forms can be filled in English and French. All entries by journalists must be submitted in their original language of publication.
- African artistes must upload and submit their audio or video entry using download links to YouTube or SoundCloud platforms to qualify for nomination in award categories relevant to their artistic work.
- Works to be submitted must be produced in the year under review i.e. August 1, 2016 to July 17, 2017.