Former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was honoured as The Pillar of Arts and Culture in Africa for social change at the 2015 All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA on Sunday night of November 15 at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos, Nigeria. The 23.9karat gold-plated AFRIMA trophy was presented to Senator Tinubu by Ambassador (Dr) Wale Maiyegun, Director of Social Affairs, African Union on behalf of the African Union Commission and the International Committee of AFRIMA.
The former governor, who expressed his appreciation to the African Union Commission for the honour, said AFRIMA has shown that there are assets of cultural variables that can be harnessed and appreciated in the African diversity.
The president and Executive Producer of AFRIMA, Mike Dada, stated that, ‘’AFRIMA 2015 is a great improvement when compared to last year in terms of participation from more African countries.
There were over 20 earth-shaking performances at the award night led by a collaborative performance by multiple award winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Cobhams as well as Diamond Platinum (Tanzania), Kimani, Vanessa Mdee, Waje, Darey, Charlotte Dipanda, Kunle Ayo, Olamide, Stanley Enow, Dark Suburb, Wiyaala, AKA, Busiswa, sauti Sol, Betty Akna among others.
34 awards were handed out at AFRIMA 2015, with Cameroonian artistes and Tanzania artistes, Charlotte Dipanda and Diamond Platnumz, emerging the winner with three awards respectively.
Nigeria artiste came out smoking on the night with 1 award each to Olamide and Yemi Alade, who won the Best Male and Best Female artistes in West Africa respectively. Darey won the Best Male Inspirational Artiste, while Flavour is the Best Artiste in African Electro. Kunle Ayo was the “Best Artist in African Jazz.” Kiss Daniel and Adekunle Gold won the Most Promising Act in Africa and Revelation of the Year respectively. Praiz was the Best Artiste in African RnB & Soul. Oris Aigbokhaevbolo was the Music/Entertainment Journalist of the Year in Africa. Ghana and Morocco went home with two awards each while South Africa went home with three awards.