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October is an exciting month. If you don’t know why, see the shortlist we published earlier on Events To Look Forward To in October. Whether you love art, photography, books, music, or film; there was something for you in October.

The last weekend of the month has come and gone with a big bang. Lagos Fashion Week, Ake Book Festival, The African Musik Magazine Awards, and the African Movie Academy Awards all contributed to the excitement of these past few days. We now have a list of the music and movie winners from the AFRIMMA and AMAA 2019 Awards. Please note that the African Musik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) is not to be confused with the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA). The All Africa Music Awards will hold from the 20th to the 23rd of November 2019.


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The African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) is an annual event that awards African music in the diaspora. It was held for the first time in 2014. This year marks the fifth edition of this awards show, and it held in Dallas, Texas on Sunday the 27th.

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Burna Boy took the lead with seven nominations across several categories including Best Male West Africa, Best Collaboration, Best Live Act, Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and more. Wizkid was the second most nominated Nigerian act with five nominations including Best Collaboration for his feature on Beyoncé’s “Brown Skin Girl.” Rema, the shooting Mavin star, was also nominated in several categories including Best Newcomer. Other Nigerian acts like Phyno, Aya Nakamura, Zlatan, Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage, Niniola, and Teni were also nominated.

In the end, our Nigerian representatives bagged five awards from this prestigious event:

  1. Best Newcomer: Zlatan
  2. Artist of the Year: Burna Boy
  3. Best Rap Act: Phyno
  4. Song of the Year: Killing Dem by Burna Boy/Zlatan
  5. AFRIMMA Video of the Year: Dumebi by Rema


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The African Movie Academy Awards is in its 15th year. This year’s edition held at the Landmark Events Centre on Sunday the 27th. Twelve (12) Nigerian films were nominated for 24 categories of awards and the possibilities were thrilling. A few weeks ago, we drew up a quick summary of the most exciting things to look forward to at AMAA 2019. To name a few: Beverly Naya’s documentary, Skin, was the only Nigerian documentary up for an award, and Reminisce was up for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his stellar performance as Makanaki in King of Boys.

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King of Boys, which took the lead (alongside The Delivery Boy) in nominations, has now emerged as the Nigerian film with the highest number of wins at the AMAA’s. See the list of Nigerian wins at the AMAA’s below:

  1. Michael Anyiam Osigwe Award For Best Film by an African-born Director Living Abroad: Julius Amedume – Rattlesnakes
  2. Best Achievement in Visual Effects: Knockout Blessing (Nigeria)
  3. NFVCB Award For Best Nigerian Film: King of Boys
  4. Best Animation: Choices
  5. Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Adesua Etomi (Kemi) The King of Boys
  6. Best Actress in a Leading Role: Sola Sobowale (Eniola)




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This article was first published on 29th October 2019


Tochi Onwubiko is a 'Jack' of many trades. A designer, book editor, lawyer and happy freelance writer. She enjoys drinking tea, sitting in quiet spaces, and reading thick books. She hopes to publish books one day. She also loves a good house party. If you know about any good books or parties, leave a comment on one of her posts.

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