By Benjamin Njoku
Legendary Nigerian Afro-beat King, Femi Kuti, joined by his full band, will take to the stage today, when the first-ever AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards is screened live to over 50 countries on the African continent, on DStv and GOtv!
Destined to be a glam night when the stars of Africa come out to shine, the festivities begin at 6:00 pm with an exciting, live, one-hour red carpet pre-show to be hosted by massively entertaining television personality Denrele Edun, alongside AfricaMagic hosts Helen Paul and Uti Nwachukwu (Jara), Dolapo Oni and Eku Edewor (53 Extra), Lawrence Maleka (StarGist) plus Nic Wang’ondu and Sarah Hassan (Mashariki Mix).
The awards, hosted by Big Brother’s IK Osakioduwa and StarGist leading lady Vimbai Muntinhiri kicks off at 7:00 pm, in Lagos.
The glittering two-hour and 30-minute gala is being held in association with MultiChoice and is headline sponsored by Amstel Malta. And if the entertainment for the night is anything to go by, it’s destined to be a must-watch extravaganza because joining Femi Kuti on the music line-up is gorgeous vocalist Tiwa Savage along with award-winning Kenyan Afro-pop outfit Sauti Sol.
Few can deny the energy and charisma of Femi Kuti in full force and with hits such as Bang Bang Bang, Dem Bobo, Africa for Africa, I Wanna Be Free, Day by Day and Truth Don Die, his credentials and reputation as one of the most iconic African performers of all time has been secured, following in the legacy of his famous father , Fela.
Meanwhile Tiwa Savage has risen to fame fast with her popular singles Kele Kele and Love Me quickly establishing her as an African sensation. Rounding off the trio is the four-member Sauti Sol whose massive debut single Lazizi ignited their journey to the top of the charts where they have stayed thanks to hits such as Money Lover, Coming Home, Range Rover and Blue Uniform.