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Sarkodie and Victoria Kimani have emerged this year’s winners of the Nigerian Entertainment Award, NEA Awards 2018 as non-Nigerian African artistes of the year. Victoria Kimani won the African Female Artist of the Year (Non-Nigerian) while Sarkodie bagged the African Male Artist of the Year (Non-Nigerian).
The NEA Awards 2018 also saw big names like Davido, Tiwa Savage and Burna Boy taking home trophies in their various categories. Davido retained the trophy for the Afropop Male Artist of Year meanwhile Tiwa Savage won same in the female category. Burna Boy won the Album of the Year for this years award which is in its 13th edition.
The award took place on Saturday, November 10th 2018 in Washington, DC, precisely at the University of the District of Columbia Theater of the Arts. The award which is in its 13th edition saw the light of the day in January 2006 in New York City. The NEA Awards is out to recognize the contributions of African and especially Nigerian entertainers to the entertainment industry. It is aimed at promoting the image and culture of Nigeria to the entire world. The award has a total of 22 categories.
The Kenyan singer, actress, songwriter and entertainer Victoria Kimani takes over the trophy from last year’s winner Becca while Sarkodie is taking over from Toofan. It should be known that both Sarkodie and Kimani have had associated acts before.
Michael Owusu Addo, the Ghanaian hip hop artist and entrepreneur known professionally as Sarkodie featured in Victoria Kimani’s single, “Giving You”.
Meanwhile the Kenyan popular singer known for her sense of style also featured in Sarkodie’s “All Night”.
See complete list of winners for the Music categories at NEA Awards 2018
Afropop Male Artist of the year – Davido (Winner)
Afropop Female Artist of the year – Tiwa Savage (Winner)
Album of the Year – Outside (Burna Boy)
Hottest Single of the Year – Legbegbe (Mr Real)
Alternative Artist of the Year – Adekunle Gold
Diaspora/International Artist of the Year – Skepta
Best New Act – Small Doctor
Most Promising Act to Watch – Teni
Trailblazer Artist of the Year – Duncan Mighty
Freshvibes Artist of the Year – Peruzzi
Music Producer of the Year – Fresh
Best Music Video of the Year (Director) – Prodigeezy- This is Nigeria (Falz)
African Male Artist of the Year (Non-Nigerian) – Sarkodie
African Female Artist of the Year (Non-Nigerian) – Victoria Kimani
Best DJ Single – DJ ECool ft Davido (Ada)
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By Penn Tencha for Iyunade Blog