It was all an African and music affair at the just ended 9th Annual Channel O Awards last Saturday. The event which took place in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa was hosted by one of Nigerian’s hottest superstars, Ice Prince and South African It Girl, Bonang Matheba.
Also in attendance at the event were the biggest names in the African entertainment industry including D’banj, Tiwa Savage, K Switch, Weza Solange, Mo’Cheddah, Lynxxx, Eku Edewor, Denrele Edun, Yaw, Freeze, Jocelyn Dumas, Brymo, Davido, Fade Ogunro, Tatiana Durão and Lelo Boyana.
The Awards was however dominated this year with a lot of Nigerian acts. Out of an impressive 13 nominations, Nigeria artistes secured six awards; Pop duo Psquare won the ‘Most Gifted Group/Duo’ award for their collaboration with May D on the hit single ‘Chop my money,’ while another collaboration from Highlife singer Flavour and Tiwa Savage on ‘Oyi’ remix won the ‘Most Gifted R&B Music Video of the year’ award.
D’banj walked away with the ‘Most Gifted Male Video of the Year’ award. Last year, the G.O.O.D Music act who was to be honored with a ‘Special Recognition’ award missed the show.
Other Nigerian winners include Chocolate City ambassadors BrymO, who won the ‘Most Gifted Pop’ for his hit song ‘Ara‘ and the award show’s co-host Ice Prince, who won the award for ‘Most Gifted Hip Hop Video of the Year.’
Meanwhile, Davido walked away with the ‘Most Gifted New Comer of the Year’ award, beating Kenya’s Camp Mulla and Ghana’s E.L, among others.
The biggest disappointment of the night was when two of Nigeria’s biggest stars, Tuface Idibia and Whizkid failed to grab any awards in the categories they were nominated in.
Ghana on the hand produced just one winner , D-Black in the category of Most Gifted African West Music video with his “ Falling” which features Mo ‘Cheddah.
Check out the full winners list below…
Most Gifted African South Video of the Year: Cashtime Fam – Shut it down (Stundee)
Most Gifted Group or Featuring of the year: Psquare ft. May D & Akon – Chop My Money
Most Gifted Reggae Dance/Hall: Buffalo Souljah ft Cabo Snoop – Styra Inonyengesa
Most Gifted African East: AY feat Sauti Soul – I Don’t Want to Be Alone
Most Gifted kwaito: Ees feat Mandoza – Ayoba
Most Gifted African West Music video: D-Black ft Mo’Cheddah – Falling
Most Gifted R&B Music Video of the year: Flavour ft. Tiwa Savage – Oyi [Remix]
Most Gifted AfroPop: BrymO – ARA
Most Gifted Hip Hop Video of the Year: Ice Prince Zamani- Superstar
Most Gifted Dance Music Video of the Year: DJ Cleo – Facebook
Most Gifted New Comer of the Year: Davido – Dami duro
Most Gifted Female Video of the Year: Zahara – Loliwe
Most Gifted Male Video of the Year: D’Banj – Oliver Twist
2012 Special Recognition award recipient: Oskido