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African Union Commission and the 13-man Jury of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, have unveiled nominees in the regional categories for the 2017 awards. Ghana’s nominations so far comes from Sarkodie and Becca in the Best Male and Best Female West African Artiste respectively.

Best Female Artiste in Central Africa
BussineAll Africa PartyGabon
EwubeFall 4 youCameroon,
MimieDance fi youCameroon
MontessLove witta Gun ManCameroon
NsokiAfrica Unitde ft Dj Maphorisa & Paulo AlvesAngola
Best Male Artiste in Central Africa
Anselmo RalphCasas ComigoAngola
Big NeloO Legado Da LendaAngola
Fally IpupaEleko OyoDRC
HiroTon Pied, Mon Pied ft ChidinmaDRC
JovieOu MemeCameroon
Ke BlackBazardeeDRC
LockoSupporter ft Mr LeoCameroon
Maitre GimsTout DonnerDRC
Best Female Artiste Eastern Africa
Chess NthussiGive it to youKenya
Juliana KanyomoziI am Still HereUganda
Lady JaydeeSawa Na WaoTanzania
NandyOne DayTanzania
Venesa MdeeCash MadameTanzania
Victoria KimaniGiving You ft SarkodieKenya
Wayna WondersonnYou are not aloneEthopia
Best Male Artist, Eastern Africa
AlikibaAje ft M.ITanzania
Diamond PlatinumzEnekaEthiopia
Henok & Mehari BrothersFirkir YishalaEthopia
Kibrom BirhaneEskista ft Nassmbu BarasaEthiopia
Mua BirhaneExcuse my LanguageKenya
Sinishaw LegesseSelam EthopiaEthiopia
Best Female Artist in Southern Africa
Amanda BlackAmazuluSouth Africa
Babes WodumoFamily ft Mampintsha & Casper NyovestSouth Africa
BusiswaIngqondSouth Africa
Lebo SekgoelaLion of JudahSouth Africa
Sally B oss MadamBimbim ft BusiswaNamibia
ThandiswaNontsokoloSouth Africa
Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa
AKAThe world is yoursSouth Africa
EmteeWe UpSouth Africa
Hugh MasekelaShangoSouth Africa
Jah PrayzahWatora Mari ft Diamond PlatnumzZimbabawe
Nasty CDown ft Seyi Shay & MA-ESouth Africa
Nduduzo MakhathiniIgaguSouth Africa
Tay GrinTola ft Vanessa MdeeMalawi
Best Female Artiste in Northern Africa
Asmaa Lmnawar3ndou ZineMorocco
Cheba MariaKheltiniAlgeria
Ibitssam TiskatMenak Wla MeniMorocco
SherineKoul MaghaniEgypt
ZahoTant De ChosesAlgeria
Zina DaoudiaSayidatiMorocco
Best Male Artiste in Northern Africa
BaltiWela laTunisia
FnaireNgol MaliMorroco
French MontanaUnforgettableMorocco
LacrimCollonel CarilloAlgeria
L’algerinoLess MonetessAlgeria
ShayfeenWach Kayn WaderMorocco
Tasmer HosnyYa Maley 3enyEgypt
Saad LmajarredGhaltanaMorocco
Best Female Artiste in Western Africa
AramideWhy So seriousNigeria
BeccaNa wash ft PatorankingGhana
Oumou SangareYere Faga ft Tony AllenMali
Sey ShayYolo YoloNigeria
Tiwa SavageAll OverNigeria
Viviane ChididLon Kelen ft BanlieuzartSenegal
Yemi AladeTumbumNigeria
ZeynabNoctambule ft Shadow Chris)Benin
Best Male Artiste in Western Africa
Dj ArafatAgbangnanCote D’voire
MHDLa PuissanceGuinea
Me EaziLeg OverNigeria
RuntownMad Over YouNigeria
SarkodiePain KillerGhana
WizkidCome Closer ft DrakeNigeria
YceeJuice ft Maleek BerryNigeria
    The highly anticipated Nominees List for the 2017 AFRIMA Awards which has the biggest acts on the continent was announced in the presence of officials of the African Union Commission, members of the AFRIMA Jury comprising of Charles Tabu (DRC), Robert E. Ekukole (cameroun). Christian Syren (South Africa), David Tayorault (cote de voire), Olisa Adibua (Nigeria), Joett Namatta (Tanzania), Tabu Osusa (kenya) Hadja Kobélé Keita(Guinea) and Omar Es Saidi (morocco) , members of the International Committee of AFRIMA, past AFRIMA winners and nominees, media executives and other stakeholders in the creative and entertainment industries in Africa. According to Mr. Chris Cyren, the juror from Southern Africa, 4,816 entries from African music professionals and music artistes were received at the close of a two-month entry submission window on July 17 this year. He described the nominations process as rigorous and thorough, as he emphasized on the Jury’s resolve to be fair and transparent in line with the AFRIMA values of FACEIT (fairness, authenticity, creativity, excellence, integrity,transparency). Charles Tabu, AFRIMA’s juror from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),harped on the need for music lovers in Africa to explore different genre ofmusic from all regions on the continent. Commenting on a question of the criteria of nominees, Mr Bob Ekukole from Cameroon representing Central Africa reiterated that ‘the nominees were picked based on productionquality, talent and creativity, melody, originality and authenticity, composition and arrangement. It has to do with the quality of music not onthe number of views from any online video platform, some songs from certain regions have more than half a billion views and would have garnered the awards based on such sentiment but it is not so. It has to do with quality.’ Ms Angela Martins, Head, Culture Division, African Union Commission, AUC, noted that the adjudication process was a comprehensive and superb work of the jurors. She also noted the great improvement of the submissions this year, as it is more impressive than previous years. ‘’This robust submission this year clearly shows the appreciation and recognition of the music awards.’’ She noted that the African Union Commission is geared towards investing in the youth by involving them in the African Union’s 2063 Agenda, which intends to make the youth evolve a desire and expertise in the needed developmental facets of Africa in all areas She also reiterated the AU and AFRIMA’s objectives of unity among African artistes and the need for continental integration while celebrating its rich music and heritage. The Best Female Artistes and Best Male Artistes of the five regions have been released while the nominees in the continental categories will be announced on Friday, August 11,2017. Public voting for the nominees in the different categories of the awards will open on August 21,2017 on In partnership with the AUC,A range of rich and exhilarating events for The AFRIMA 2017 such as theMusic Village and the AFRIMA Music Business Summit are slated on November 10-12,2017 and will be broadcast across 84 countries around the world.]]>