Nikita Kering beats Nandy, Zuchu at AFRIMA awards 2021

Nikita Kering, Sauti Sol and Shanah Manjeru win AFRIMA 2021 awards.
Nikita Kering, Sauti Sol and Shanah Manjeru win AFRIMA 2021 awards.

Kenyan singer Nikita Kering's star continued to shine brighter after leaving with two awards at the AFRIMA awards on Sunday.

The All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) is an annual awards event established by the International Committee in collaboration with the African Union to reward and celebrate African music, talent and creativity that promotes African culture.

The 19-year-old songbird had to beat the Bongo stars; Nandy and Zuchu won the Best Artist ward in African R&B and soul, which was also nominated for awards.

The Better than Ever singer also took the Best Female Artists in East Africa.

Reacting to the awards, Nikita took to her social page to thank her fans and award organizers for helping her win the prestigious award.

THANKS !!! And @afrima.awards…I didn't do this alone, I did it with you. Thank you and thank God… 1) Top Artist Rnb and Spirit… 2) East Africa’s Top Female Artist,” she wrote.

Other Kenyan artists who won the award are Sauti Sol and Shanah Manjeru. Sauti Sol was named Best African Group, breaking Nikita's previous group, the youngest award winner in AFRIMA history, Manjeru was named the winner of the Best African Female Artist in Inspiring Music award.

Hours after their win, Sauti Sol took to Instagram and posted a video of her thanking her fans for their support and voting.

Kenya's 13-year-old gospel singer Shanah Manjeru became AFRIMA's youngest winner, taking the title of Best African Female Artist for Inspirational Music for her song God Will Make a Way.

beat other artists in the category, including Noel Nderitu (Kenya), Ada Ehi (Nigeria), Afrie (Uganda), Eden (Ivory Coast), Nata (Sierra Leone), Ruth Asong (Cameroon), Montess (Cameroon), Diana. Hamilton (Ghana), Kelly Khumalo (South Africa) and Kamo Mphela (South Africa).

The record for the youngest AFRIMA winner previously belonged to Nikita, who won AFRIMA's 2019 African Continent Revelation and Best Female Artist in East Africa awards.

In an interview in 2019, the Universal Music signer said that being nominated and winning AFRIMA awards motivates him to keep working hard.

“When I was nominated, I realized that AFRIMA wasn't just about picking the most watched or the most famous artist. They were really looking at artists' art; understanding where we came from is something you won't find in many places,” Nikita said.

Other notable Kenyan nominees at AFRIMA 2021 include Otile Brown and Khaligraph Jones (Best Male Artist of East Africa), storyteller Nviiri (Best Newcomer, Best Song of the Year - Niko Sawa), Muthoni Drummer Queen (Best Female) had rap.

The rest were Khaligraph Jones (Best Male Rap), DJ Shinski (Best African DJ USA), Deska Torres (Best Video Director), DJ Moh Spice (Best DJ Africa) and Jamal Gaddafi (Personality of the Year).

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