After close to two years on a solo path, Cindy is the Diva of the Year in the inaugural Afrika Divas Music (ADM) awards. It was a well-deserved recognition after a year of perseverance for the 24-year-old former Blu3 member whose Ayokyayokya has won her hearts. Cindy beat closest competitor, Grace Nakimera of Kawonawo to walk home Shs5m wealthier. And she won’t have to wait another year to get her prize money as the chairman of the ADM Awards Ali Kalule handed her a bundle of crisp notes amounting to Shs5m at Theatre La Bonita where the ceremony took place.
The jovial Ayokyayokya singer, who went solo earlier this year and was a clear crowd favourite, beat equally feisty fellow young singers Desire Luzinda, Grace Nakimera and Iryn Namubiru.
She picked her plaque and prize money from the chairman organizing committee, Kaggwa Kalule.
Started this year, the Afrika Diva Awards exclusively reward female talent in Uganda. The red carpet ceremony kicked off at 7:00pm prompt and ended just before midnight with the Cindy’s crowning.
Chilli Galz, who had just been crowned New Divas’ Group of the year, showed the crowd why they deserved the accolade when they put on a show-stopping performance.
As usual, South African-based singer, Zari, who took home the Diaspora Diva’s award; excited the crowd with more than generous show of flesh.
Though most of the winners were not present to pick up their respective prizes, due to commitments outside town, the event still was colorful and we can only wait for the next event come 2010.
A full list of winners has been put below.
Diva of the year: Cindy
Lifetime achievement: Joanita Kawalya
Gospel: Judith Babirye
Folk pop/band: Hajjat Sophia Nantongo
Hip hop: Rachael K
R&b: Grace Nakimera
Afro beat: Desire Luzinda
New group of the year: Chilli Galz
Group of the year: Blu3
Best collabo: Iryn (Samwa samwa)
New diva: Leila (Formerly Of Dream Galz)
Cultural diva: Annette Nandujja
Best Song: Byona Twala (Mariam Ndagire)
Video: Krystal Babes (Babinyonkondo)
Media house diva
Northern: B- Ffal
Eastern: Lady Aisha
South Central: Saint C.A
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